As we transition through the re-opening phases in Washington, remember that the facemask required for working in a lab is different than the facemask you need to go the grocery store. If you are working with infectious agents, hazardous chemicals or radiological materials in the lab while wearing a cloth face covering, it could become contaminated during the course of your work and you may not even know it. You could take a biological agent or chemical home with you on your cloth mask - potentially exposing yourself, your family, roommates or the general public.
Keeping your safety documents up to date and easily accessible are key for staying safe.
Does your research work include operations out in the field? If so, check out the new EH&S Field Operations Safety webpage.
You can find detailed information about field safety practices in the new UW Field Operations Safety Manual, including state regulations, UW policies, safe work practices, and document templates. In addition to the manual, the new webpage offers:
Stormwater drains on the UW campuses empty directly into local waterways, which can carry pollution that harms wildlife, such as birds and fish. Campus activities can put the surrounding natural areas at risk when garbage, oils, chemicals and other potentially harmful substances are allowed to flow into stormwater drains.
Please note the table below was updated with additional lot codes on February 11, February 18 and April 16, 2021.
The University has been notified that counterfeit 3M respirators have been sold to governmental agencies, hospitals, and other institutions in several states, including Washington state.
As we transition safely through the phases of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, we encourage you to continue to use the following resources to support your specific situation:
Ask questions about workplace COVID-19 safety.