Human source materials, including human cell lines, blood, tissues and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) are commonly used biohazards in UW research labs. Potentially infectious human materials can contain bloodborne pathogens (BBP) such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B and C viruses.
The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) developed a new online training course called Five Whys Root Cause Analysis. This training is recommended for University supervisors and other personnel responsible for incident investigations and documenting root cause(s) and corrective actions.
The 2021 UW Biosafety Manual is now available online. All laboratories or facilities using biohazards must have an electronic link or paper copy of the current manual available to all personnel working in the lab or facility. Bookmark this link to the manual: www.ehs.washington.edu/system/files/resources/uw-biosafety-manual.pdf.
3M™ issued a Product Advisory for DBI-SALA® Delta™, ExoFit™, ExoFit™ Plus & ExoFit™ XP Cross Over Style Harnesses due to certain models not meeting the ANSI Z359.11, Section 184.108.40.206.1 dynamic requirement on the front (sternal) D-ring.
3M issued a Stop Use and Inspection Notice for specific versions of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self Retracting Lifeline with Anchor Hook due to the potential for the equipment to be assembled with an unformed top swivel eye rivet, which may become displaced from the top swivel eye and could result in severe injury or death.
Elements of the University’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan include practicing good hygiene and cleaning high-touch surfaces regularly. As members of the UW community, we are all responsible for COVID-19 prevention, including washing or sanitizing our hands at key moments and cleaning the surfaces we use.
The University informs prospective and current students of the fire statistics, fire safety systems and standards, evacuation drills, training, and other measures in place to protect the residents in student housing facilities.
A new Notice of Cleaning and/or Decontamination Form was published in August 2021 to replace the prior decontamination form. The new form contains expanded information to include cleaning as well as decontamination procedures for lab instruments, equipment, appliances, and furniture.
As the UW is safely returning to on-site work and instructional activities, it’s a great time for our campus partners to consider ways you can help us collect your hazardous chemical waste faster.
Here are some tips to speed up the chemical waste collection process:
EH&S published an updated UW Confined Space Program Manual that reflects revisions to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries confined space regulations (2018 update) and aligns with standards established by federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).