Automated External Defibrillators

Automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, are electronic devices designed to recognize cardiac arrhythmias and treat them through defibrillation, an electrical therapy shock that allows the heart to reestablish its proper rhythm. Modern AEDs are designed to administer the shock only if an abnormal rhythm is detected, and will prompt the user with step-by-step audible or visual cues.

General Autoclave Safety

Use this document to familiarize yourself with the hazards involved with operating an autoclave. Learn how to protect yourself before operating an autoclave. These general autoclave safety guidelines need to be reviewed by any person that operates an autoclave for any reason.


Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Program


The purpose of the UW Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Program is to protect employees from exposure to human blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).

Bloodborne pathogens (BBP) are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood; these and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) can cause disease. Examples include hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

OPIM includes all of the following:


EH&S offers online and open enrollment classroom courses, most are free, to faculty, staff, and students with a UW NetID. If you do not have a UW NetID, ask your department/unit for sponsorship. Contact us at or 206.543.7201 with questions.


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.*