Vacuum pumps are used to remove air and other vapors from a vessel or manifold. Weak points in containers or systems under vacuum can create implosion or explosion hazards, and cause injury by violently spraying glass and hazardous materials. An example of this is an incident that recently occurred at the University of Pennsylvania resulting in an explosion and fire.
New rules went into effect on October 31, 2020, for the management of dangerous waste pharmaceuticals, which set new requirements for Washington state health care facilities that generate pharmaceutical waste.
Unit leaders, managers and supervisors have two new ways to view EH&S safety training records for all personnel within an organization code or all individuals who report to a manager or supervisor. Unit leaders, managers and supervisors can view or download a list of people who took a specific training course within a selected date range.
Training records can also be found for one or a few individuals using a UWNetID or multiple UWNetIDs separated by commas.
Incoming graduate students working in laboratories or other research spaces with hazards at any UW campus location attended the 2020 Graduate Student Safety Seminar.
The seminar oriented new researchers to the University’s safety requirements, procedures and expectations, and informed them of safety resources and services available through EH&S. It was an opportunity to introduce new graduate students to the established strong culture of safety that will support them in creating a successful graduate career.
October is National Biosafety Month, a time to focus on your lab’s biosafety policies and procedures. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected biological research labs in many ways, from potential difficulties obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectants to limiting how many people can work at a given time in a space. For 2020's National Biosafety Month, EH&S would like labs to focus on creating or updating biosafety standard operating procedures (SOPs) and staying aware of how to work safely during COVID-19.
Does your research require the use of Aqua regia or Piranha solutions? These are two types of acidic washes used for very specific purposes and have very important workplace health and safety considerations.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has released a Wildfire Smoke Alert for the Puget Sound Region. During smoke events, the main pollutants of concern are the fine particles suspended in the air that can affect the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and increase health risks, especially for sensitive groups.
On August 31, 2020, EH&S sent an email to biological researchers warning them to be aware of suspicious mail. Our local FBI shared with us reports of threatening mail being sent to COVID-19 researchers on the east coast of the U.S. Several local and national media outlets have since published news stories based on the email. The original email is included below.
Updated October 14, 2020 at 9:01 a.m.
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