Excessive exposure to heat can cause a range of heat-related illnesses, from less serious heat rash and heat cramps to more serious heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention because it can be deadly, so take precautions while working in the summer heat.
The UW Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) congratulates EH&S staff who have been recognized for outstanding service and dedication to the UW community through the UW Awards of Excellence.
The Managing Laboratory Chemicals – Online course has been updated to improve accessibility and incorporate adult learning concepts. The updated course replaces the existing HTML course and is similar in content.
As we look forward to a safe return to on-site work and in-person instruction, evacuation directors and building coordinators should review their building emergency plans, including Fire Safety and Evacuation Plans, to ensure that plans integrate COVID-19 face covering and distancing requirements with emergency evacuation procedures.
If you are partially or completely vacating your laboratory for remodeling, relocation or closure, you must leave it clean and safe. Follow all applicable instructions on the Notice of Laboratory Moveout form (updated on 4/8/21):
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.