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Prevent lead exposures with new Lead Safety Manual

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) developed the UW Lead Safety Program Manual to help personnel who work with lead materials limit their potential lead exposure to the lowest levels possible. Lead is a potent poison, which may cause significant acute and chronic health effects if not used or handled safely.

Personnel working with lead-containing materials:


Analyzing your job hazards can prevent accidents and injuries

A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) can help prevent work-related injuries or illnesses by eliminating or controlling hazards. A JHA is a method for identifying and evaluating hazards associated with tasks (steps) for a specific job or activity and eliminating or controlling them before doing the activity. EH&S has created a JHA webpage to help departments and employees conduct and implement JHAs for their work activities.


Share your innovation at the 2019 Laboratory Safety Awards & Innovations Event

Has your lab created a tool, resource, or practice to enhance safety in your workspace?

Submit it to EH&S for a chance to be recognized at the 2019 Laboratory Safety Awards & Innovations Event.

To enter, email a description of your innovation to (with ”Innovation” as the subject header). Selected innovations will be shared at the event on December 9 through presentations and posters.


Boating Safety Program launched

The Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is implementing a new Boating Safety Program for students and personnel who use University-owned boats or operate boats as part of their affiliation with the University. The Boating Safety Program is a University-wide program, which manages motored vessels and non-motorized paddle-craft.

If you are a UW student, personnel or volunteer who operates boats as part of your affiliation with the University, please do the following:


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.