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Required Posting of Updated L&I Workplace Safety Posters
by Sherry Baron and Katia Harb

L&I Worker Rights poster pieceThe Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has made changes to all three of the required workplace posters. These posters inform employees of their worker protection rights and are required to be posted at all times where employees can easily see them.   Typically, they are posted on a departmental safety bulletin board, in an employee break room, or a common area.

This year all three of the posters need to be replaced with the updated versions dated 12-2012. They are available at no cost and can be downloaded directly from L&I at Information about the posters and the major changes are shown below...
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2012 Laboratory Safety Manual (LSM) Revision Complete
by Stuart Cordts

The 2012 revisions to the UW Laboratory Safety Manual are complete. The major changes are summarized below. For more detailed information, please refer to the Log of Changes.

  •  Section 4: Additional information about the new “Lab Entry Caution Sign” and changes to the frequency of fume hood certification...
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EH&S Launches New Strategic Plan
by Colleen Pike

The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) image courtesy of Development Works Photos completed its strategic plan in November 2012 selecting strategic priorities in four areas - Safety Culture, Compliance, Learning and Growth, and Financial Sustainability. EH&S partnered with the Organizational Effectiveness Initiative (OEI) consultants to develop and implement a strategy planning approach. This work was conducted in phases which included collecting and analyzing information from stakeholders; updating the mission, vision and values; determining strategic priorities and implementation timelines; and building the infrastructure in EH&S for ongoing improvement and sustained success.

EH&S assessed its future focus using input from the EH&S Review Committee, Research Roadmap, EH&S Advisory Board, and client and staff surveys.  The planning process included a departmental retreat to discuss survey data, opportunities to gain new ideas, and EH&S staff working groups to help identify major goals. 

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2012 UW Accident Summaries Online Now
by Michael Blalock and Katia Harb

UW accident and injury summaries for 2012 are now posted on the EH&S Web site, along with summaries for previous years.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300A Summary Forms show annual accident statistics for the organization including the total number of recordable accidents and incidents, the total number of days away from work and the total number of hours worked by employees.

OSHA considers recordable accidents or incidents to be the ones more serious in nature, resulting in any of the following:  death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness, or a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a licensed health care professional, even if it is not in any of these categories.
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UW Environmental Health and Safety © February 2013 | Edition 9

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