On June 1, 2018, a UW employee was releasing chains holding a 20 foot shipping container on a trailer when the cheater bar on the lever load binder sprang loose with excessive force. The employee received a minor head injury.
Excessive exposure to heat can cause a range of heat-related illnesses, from less serious heat rash and heat cramps to more serious heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention because it can be deadly, so take precautions while working in the summer heat.
Lead is a neurotoxin that accumulates in the body and damages the nervous system and causes blood disorders. Faculty, staff and students using metallic lead in a lab, shop or other workspace could be at risk for toxic lead exposure.
All quantities of metallic lead (e.g., metallic lead like bricks, buoy weights, window weights, lead sheeting, or solder) must be recorded in MyChem. MyChem is the UW’s chemical inventory management system and helps maintain our compliance with environmental and occupational health requirements.
Two UW environmental health and safety projects were selected by the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) to receive an Award of Merit in the Innovation Award category at its national conference.
Slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of injuries to UW employees, and there was an increase in reported incidents from 2016 to 2017. The University of Washington is committed to protecting employees and others from these hazards.
When you are working above 10 feet, using ladders, or walking on a loading dock, be sure to follow the required procedures and safety tips to stay safe.
Fall Protection Work Plan
A bat found near Husky Stadium over the weekend was confirmed to have rabies, a central nervous system viral disease carried in the saliva of an infected animal that can be lethal if transmitted to humans. We are reminding students, staff and faculty to avoid coming into contact with bats, on campus or elsewhere, to avoid potential exposure to rabies.
These guidelines apply to temporary food service establishments permitted by the UW Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) to operate on University owned or leased property.
Although smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death, there are still some 37.8 million adults who continue to smoke in the United States as of 2017 (CDC). Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to 41,