If you operate a chemical laboratory as defined in Washington Administrative Code 296-828, Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, you must have standard operating procedures (SOPs) that describe the safety measures you require when using chemicals. Please see Section 6 of the UW Laboratory Safety Manual for more information about SOPs.
A variety of office products may contain small amounts of hazardous chemicals, however, exposure is not expected to produce adverse health effects under normal conditions of use. Employees who work in offices may be required to participate in hazard communication (HazCom) training if employees plan to use office products for extended time periods or in higher quantities.
Particularly Hazardous Substances (PHS) are chemicals that pose a high risk to employees in the workplace. Work with these substances requires specialized training from your PI or supervisor, and customized standard operating procedures that identify designated work areas, containment devices such as fume hoods and glove boxes, procedures for decontamination, and prior approvals before work begins.
The EH&S website was redesigned to be more user-friendly, easier to navigate and aligned with the UW brand style.
Please note that most web page URLs have changed; please update your bookmarks and materials accordingly.
The main menu options are organized by safety topic to quickly locate safety information.
This guide is an introduction to Environmental Health & Safety for principal investigators (PIs) who are new to the University of Washington and is a reference tool for any principal investigator. It outlines your health and safety responsibilities as a PI and provides links to related resources. It lists related requirements for grant proposals, purchases and similar actions and outlines how to plan for emergencies and disasters.
This guidance serves to imform employees about potential reproductive and developmental hazards to ensure safe work conditions and practices in their work environment. EH&S is available to assist in evaluating risks, and to advise on steps that can help reduct potential for risks. Although primarily meant for UW employees and their supervisors, this guidance should also be helpful for students and instructors. And this guidance may alert an individual about risks in the home environment, including hobbies.
The UW EH&S Occupational Health (OH) Program strives to ensure the health and safety of University employees, students and support staff. OH program staff provide information and support to persons working in the research environment, including animal care and use. The goals of the program are to prevent injury or disease from hazards in the workplace.
Log of most recent changes to the UW Laboratory Safety Manual.
EH&S is responsible for collection of hazardous waste for the University, including all its campuses and offsite locations. If you have waste to be collected, you will need to submit an Online Chemical Waste Collection Form. Please be aware that the PDF version of the chemical waste collection form will be phased out soon.