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October is National Biosafety Month: Promoting a culture of safety

During National Biosafety Month, you are encouraged to focus attention on biosafety policies and practices. Investigators and laboratory managers can raise biosafety awareness, discuss the importance of safety, and seek input on ways to strengthen biosafety in their labs. This year, EH&S is focusing on ways you can promote a culture of safety.

1. Know your responsibilities as a principal investigator (PI).

 
 

Download secondary chemical container labels

Many laboratories use hazardous chemicals that are purchased in large quantities and then transferred into smaller secondary containers (e.g., vials, flasks or bottles), or prepared as diluted solutions or mixtures for use.

If your laboratory uses secondary containers filled with chemicals, the secondary containers must comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard for Labels and Pictograms.

 

Shipping Regulated Medical Waste training course is now online

The EH&S Shipping Regulated Medical Waste training course is now available online! This training is required initially and every three years for any personnel who perform the final packaging steps and offer shipments to the UW waste contractor. The online training includes hazard and security awareness, safety procedures, and function-specific shipping instructions. We hope that the online course makes it easier for personnel to complete the training requirement.

 
 
 

2018 Annual Graduate Student Safety Seminar: Sept 25

All entering graduate students working in laboratories or other research space with hazards at any UW campus location are highly encouraged to attend the Graduate Student Safety Seminar.  This seminar will orient new researchers to the University’s safety requirements, procedures, and expectations. 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.chemical bottles

 

Air quality alert

The National Weather Service announced an air quality alert for Western Washington through 12 p.m.. on Thursdat, 8/23. The Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index in the Seattle and Tacoma areas is in the “unhealthy” category, meaning that “everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups graphic image showing that low level of activity is okay for everyonemay experience more health effects.”

 
 

SAFETY ALERT for laser users

The UW was recently notified of a potential hazard for users of laser equipped microscopy equipment manufactured by ZEISS. The hazard identified by the manufacturer is potential exposure to Class IIIb laser light, which can cause serious and permanent visual impairment. All users of laser equipped microscopy equipment should contact EH&S immediately if using or possessing the following equipment: