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Download the updated Accident Prevention Plan

A video introduction to health and safety at the University of Washington

The University of Washington’s Accident Prevention Plan is revised annually by the University's health and safety committee; the updated Plan is now available for download. Units that replaced or supplemented their Departmental Health and Safety Plan with the Accident Prevention Plan should use the updated Plan.

 

Nominate yourself or a UW colleague to serve on a health and safety committee

It’s time again for the biannual Health and Safety Committee (HSC) elections. Nominations are open for the next two-year committee term, which will begin on January 1, 2020.

Don’t miss your chance to nominate a coworker or become a committee member yourself! Contact the election coordinator of your committee to find out more information about the nomination process.

 
 
 

Gear up for summer lab work

Summer in Seattle means hiking, biking, kayaking and ... lab work! Yes, many of us spend gorgeous summer days working in the lab. While it's fine to wear shorts, skirts, sandals or flip flops outside, wearing these items in the lab can expose you to hazards. We recommend keeping an appropriate change of clothes and shoes in the lab. Proper lab attire ensures your skin is covered and protected. Even if you aren't working with hazardous materials that day, your coworker might be, so always dress to protect yourself.

 
 

Policy change: Initial animal use medical screening now required for personnel in animal areas

As of May 1, 2019, personnel who conduct work in University animal care and use areas will no longer have the option to decline the initial animal use medical screening. The medical screening evaluates and mitigates potential health risks related to working with research animals.