The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) is hosting webinars to assist University units with developing and implementing COVID-19 prevention plans in support of a safe return to in-person work.
The hazards: Nitric acid is a highly corrosive mineral acid and strong oxidizer used primarily for nitration of organic molecules and washing glassware or metal equipment. Nitric acid reacts violently with alcohols, alkalis, reducing agents, combustible materials, organic materials, metals, acids, cyanides, terpenes, charcoal, and acetone. It produces exothermic reactions, as well as toxic, corrosive, and flammable vapors.
As part of the EH&S phased plan to increase work on-site, EH&S continues to conduct work both remotely and on-site to support activities in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan for the Workplace and EH&S's site-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plans.
Face covering use does not replace the need to practice physical distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others), staying home if you are ill, frequent handwashing, and avoiding touching of the face. However, wearing a face covering that covers the nose and chin can help protect others by containing the respiratory droplets of the wearer.
The University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (UW DEOHS) annual Worker Memorial Day event is a special ceremony that raises awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington state.
The Asbestos General Awareness-Online training course that is required for all UW employees was replaced with a newly refreshed video, thanks to a collaboration between EH&S and UWTV. The video contains awareness-level training regarding asbestos-containing building materials in UW facilities and potential hazards for building occupants.