Welcome to EH&S

Welcome to the Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S)

EH&S is a University administrative department that assists organizational units in meeting their responsibility to protect the environment and to provide a safe and healthful place for employment and learning.

 
 

Airgas service changes for cryo storage of biological samples

UW personnel commonly order liquid nitrogen (LN2) from suppliers such as Airgas Inc. and Praxair (aka Linde Welding Gas and Equipment Center) for cryogenic storage used to preserve biological samples.

Airgas recently notified the University that as of January 1, 2022, Airgas staff will no longer perform the following services:

dewar with cryo-freezer
Dewar with cryo-freezer

 

Climbing Technology issues Request for Inspection for ROLLNLOCK clamp

Climbing Technology issued a Request for Inspection of the ROLLNLOCK pulley/rope clamp due to a defect in the functioning of the sheave position lever (part F in the image below), which can lead to an accidental locking of the lever. As a result of this defect, when using the device in “hauling pulley” mode, the lever may inadvertently engage the pin, suddenly disabling the locking function and releasing the load or person.

 

New workplace incident investigation training for supervisors and incident investigators

The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) developed a new online training course called Five Whys Root Cause Analysis. This training is recommended for University supervisors and other personnel responsible for incident investigations and documenting root cause(s) and corrective actions.