Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to air quality in indoor office, classroom or laboratory environments, as opposed to industrial or outdoor settings. These areas have either natural ventilation from openable windows, or mechanical ventilation from a heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. Common causes of air quality complaints include mechanical ventilation failures, inadequate outdoor air supply, odors from indoor or outdoor sources, and mold.

Hot Work


Hot work operations can be dangerous, especially in areas where flammable or combustible materials are present. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to more than 4,000 structure fires per year involving hot work. These fires cause hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars in direct property damage per year. EH&S provides resources to ensure that hot work operations are done in the safest manner possible.

Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP)

Students accepted to a UW health sciences program must complete and document initial and annual immunizations and screening for tuberculosis, to protect themselves and their patients from illness.

During your coursework, training, and future health care career, you may be in close contact with clients and patients who have communicable diseases. You may be at high risk for certain infections, and if you become ill, you may pose a risk to vulnerable clients and patients.