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Update on Mumps Outbreak on the UW Seattle Campus

Dear Members of the UW Community,

We have encouraging news about the mumps outbreak on the UW Seattle campus: The number of new cases has slowed considerably due in large measure to the diligence of our community members in following preventive measures. Since the first case in early February, we have had 38 mumps cases among people associated with the University, only six of which occurred in April.*

 
 

EH&S Welcomes New Fire Safety Manager

EH&S is pleased to welcome Scott Nelson to our Building & Fire Safety team. Scott has a B.S. in chemical engineering, a Professional Engineering License in fire protection and over 30 years of experience in fire safety, boiler safety, risk assessment and engineering. He has worked for a number or property insurance companies including Paragon, AXA, Matrix, Chubb, CIGNA and Factory Mutual. Scott retired as a Commander from the Naval Reserve.

 

No Cardboard in Biological Labs

We often encounter cardboard when we visit biological labs. Unless you are using cardboard as part of your experiment, it doesn’t belong in a biological lab.

Cardboard and other porous materials cannot be decontaminated with a surface spray in the event of a splash, spatter or spill of biohazardous material. In the event of contamination, these items must be autoclaved.

Spring is the perfect time to organize, clean, and remove unnecessary and potentially hazardous clutter, such as cardboard.  

 
 

Updated Lab Safety Training Requirements

The Laboratory Safety and Compliance training course is now “required initial training” for all Principal Investigators, lab managers, lab chemical hygiene officers, and people working in a supervisory role in research and teaching laboratories. The class provides essential information on regulatory, policy, and permit requirements, and addresses hazards and risk assessment to ensure lab safety and compliance.

 
 

Are You at Risk for Chemical-Induced Hearing Loss?

Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent hearing impairment resulting from prolonged exposure to high levels of noise. While noise is a well-understood source of occupational illness, new studies are focusing on chemical-induced hearing loss (ototoxicity). This research seeks to determine if chemical substances alone, or noise and chemical co-exposure, contribute to occupational hearing loss. Given that many different types of workers are exposed to noise and chemicals at the UW, supervisors should keep this possible association in mind as part of their hazard communication to employees.

 
 

Product Recall Notice - aerial work platforms

Safety Notice – Mandatory Action Required
 
A safety notice was issued for Genie® brand aerial work platforms due to potential control system malfunction. The malfunction
could allow the operator to drive with the platform raised above the maximum allowable height, causing the machine to lose stability and tip over. Also, the malfunction could cause the platform to lower after the controls are released, resulting in unintended and potentially hazardous platform movement.