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Product Inspection Notice issued for CMC CLUTCH fall protection devices

Harken Industrial™ issued a Product Inspection Notice for CMC CLUTCH™ units after identifying a number of units that may have shipped without the stainless steel Friction Shoe installed. While a missing Friction Shoe does not present an immediate safety concern, there may be impacts to long-term device durability and performance.


Hazardous waste storage and labeling reminders

Please keep in mind storage requirements and labeling options for your hazardous chemical waste. 

Store waste at near generation point: Regulations require all hazardous waste be stored “at or near” its point of generation. In most circumstances, if you have to leave the room or go through a door to get to the storage location (prior to pickup by EH&S), then it is not at or near the point of generation. 


Changes to hazardous materials shipping regulations in 2022

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published updated regulations manuals for 2022, which may impact University units that ship dangerous goods by air. The list of regulation changes on the IATA website address shipping lithium batteries, infectious substances, and live animals. We have listed below the most relevant changes related to certain types of lithium batteries:


Airgas service changes for cryo storage of biological samples

UW personnel commonly order liquid nitrogen (LN2) from suppliers such as Airgas Inc. and Praxair (aka Linde Welding Gas and Equipment Center) for cryogenic storage used to preserve biological samples.

Airgas recently notified the University that as of January 1, 2022, Airgas staff will no longer perform the following services:

dewar with cryo-freezer
Dewar with cryo-freezer


Climbing Technology issues Request for Inspection for ROLLNLOCK clamp

Climbing Technology issued a Request for Inspection of the ROLLNLOCK pulley/rope clamp due to a defect in the functioning of the sheave position lever (part F in the image below), which can lead to an accidental locking of the lever. As a result of this defect, when using the device in “hauling pulley” mode, the lever may inadvertently engage the pin, suddenly disabling the locking function and releasing the load or person.