Select the correct PPE to protect against eye hazards

Several recent incidents have occurred at the University in which a chemical or infectious material splashed or splattered into the eye because the individual was not wearing the correct type of eye protection for the hazards they faced, or not wearing eye protection at all. You should always evaluate your workplace for potential eye hazards so you can select the appropriate safety equipment.

Eyeglasses versus safety glasses or goggles

 

Gear up for summer lab work

Summer in Seattle means hiking, biking, kayaking and ... lab work. Yes, many of us spend gorgeous summer days working in the lab. While it's fine to wear shorts, skirts, sandals or flip flops outside, wearing these items in the lab can expose you to hazards. Proper lab attire ensures your skin is covered and protected.

Even if you aren't working with hazardous materials that day, your coworker might be, so always dress to protect yourself. We recommend keeping an appropriate change of clothes and shoes in the lab so you are never without the right gear.

Institutional Chemical and Physical Safety Committee

The Institutional Chemical and Physical Safety Committee (ICAPS) is one of several University-wide committees charged with promoting a safe working environment at the University of Washington (UW). The committee has specific oversight responsibilities for chemical and physical safety in all research and teaching activities conducted in University owned and operated laboratories, and in field research.

 
 

Change your mask before leaving the lab

As we transition through the re-opening phases in Washington, remember that the facemask required for working in a lab is different than the facemask you need to go the grocery store. If you are working with infectious agents, hazardous chemicals or radiological materials in the lab while wearing a cloth face covering, it could become contaminated during the course of your work and you may not even know it. You could take a biological agent or chemical home with you on your cloth mask - potentially exposing yourself, your family, roommates or the general public.