Hot Work


Hot work operations can be dangerous, especially in areas where flammable or combustible materials are present. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to more than 4,000 structure fires per year involving hot work. These fires cause hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars in direct property damage per year. Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides resources to ensure that hot work operations are done in the safest manner possible.

Health and Safety Committees

The University’s health and safety committees help foster a strong culture of safety with a goal of preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

The UW health and safety committee structure, which includes ten organizational health and safety committees along with the University-Wide Health and Safety Committee, represents all UW employees institution-wide. Responsibilities of the health and safety committees include:

Food Safety Program

The Food Safety Program ensures UW dining facilities meet the highest standards in food safety, and protects the public from foodborne illness.

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) oversees food-related activities at all UW locations, including the UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, UW Bothell and UW Tacoma through a comprehensive food safety program. This includes permanent food establishments and temporary food service events.

Permanent food establishments