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Graduate Student Safety Seminar: September 28, 2020

All incoming graduate students working in laboratories or other research spaces with hazards at any UW campus location are highly encouraged to attend the Graduate Student Safety Seminar

The seminar will orient new researchers to the University’s safety requirements, procedures and expectations, and inform them of safety resources and services available through EH&S. It is an opportunity to introduce new graduate students to the established strong culture of safety that will support them in creating a successful graduate career.


Be Aware of Suspicious Mail

On August 31, 2020, EH&S sent an email to biological researchers warning them to be aware of suspicious mail. Our local FBI shared with us reports of threatening mail being sent to COVID-19 researchers on the east coast of the U.S. Several local and national media outlets have since published news stories based on the email. The original email is included below.


Quarantine and self-isolation guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19

Updated September 17, 2020 at 2:01 p.m.

Staying home and avoiding contact with other people when you have symptoms of COVID-19 illness, test positive for COVID-19, or have close contact with a person who has COVID-19 is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine and self-isolation both involve staying home and avoiding contact with other people.


Nitric acid incidents: How to reduce your risk

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.