Wildfire smoke air quality alert
Today the Air Quality Index (AQI) reached 69 in the Seattle-Bellevue-Kent Valley reporting area, which warrants additional action to raise awareness among our UW community and additional public and occupational health measures to be taken.
COVID-19 Posters and Signage Updates - Autumn Quarter 2022
University units refer to the COVID-19 Posters and Signage Updates for guidance on the required posters and signage to be posted at building entrances and in common areas of University buildings.
Mpox Infection Prevention and Isolation Guidelines for University Residence Halls and Shared Living Spaces
The Mpox Infection Prevention and Isolation Guidelines for University Residence Halls and Shared Living Spaces outlines the University requirements and guidelines for mpox infection prevention and isolation in University residence halls, dormitories, and other shared living spaces.
U-Wide Health and Safety Committee Meeting Minutes: July 2022
Updated December 5, 2022
This content is published on behalf of the University’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD). ACCD and EH&S are monitoring the mpox outbreak and will update information as the outbreak evolves. UW Medicine medical facility personnel should follow UW Medicine policies and procedures.
The updated UW Accident Prevention Plan is now available
The updated UW Accident Prevention Plan contains new and updated health and safety information and resources for University units to share with personnel.
The UW Accident Prevention Plan outlines the policies and procedures we should follow to reduce or eliminate anticipated workplace hazards that generally apply to all University personnel, except in UW medical and healthcare facilities.
Office Ergonomics Instructional Videos
The University of Washington provides personnel with instructional videos to make ergonomic adjustments to office equipment to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
Additional information on office ergonomics, including guidance on equipment selection, is available on the Ergonomics webpage.
Click on the titles below to watch the videos.
What to do if an L&I Inspector contacts you
The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) serves as the University representative and liaison to Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (L&I) for all campus locations, including UW Medicine, and will coordinate all activities related to an L&I investigation. EH&S will coordinate on behalf of the University with the appropriate unit and University representatives, including Human Resources Labor Relations.
New resource to prevent workplace falls
Workplace falls are both common and preventable. At the UW, the category “slips/trips/falls” has been among the top three leading causes of injuries to UW personnel every year from 2018 to 2021. Falls from heights is the second-leading cause of unintentional workplace death in the U.S.