What's New

Lab Safety Initiative

Aug 8, 2016

The University of Washington is launching a two-year Laboratory Safety Initiative as part of a national movement to build a better culture of safety in university research laboratories. This initiative is intended to lead to the development and implementation of services, approaches, best practices, and tools that significantly improve laboratory chemical safety throughout the University. For more information on this initiative, the people working on it, safety tools and resources available through EH&S and other sources, inspection and auditing groups that visit research spaces, and reports of safety-related incidents at UW, as well as around the nation, visit the new Lab Safety Initiative website.

Job Opening

May 27, 2016

Environmental Health and Safety has an outstanding opportunity for a Occupational Health and Safety Specialist. Under general direction, the Program Operations Specialist will provide occupational health and safety and industrial hygiene program support to the non-research departments of the University (such as Facilities Services). This position will develop programs, procedures, and training in the areas of hearing protection, lockout-tagout, indoor air quality, shop safety and similar areas. This position will also monitor changes in regulations, assist departments in regulatory compliance, and conduct workplace safety inspections.

For more information and to apply for this position go to UWHires, Requisition 133094.

Current Editions of EH&S News

The July 2016 edition of EH&S News is now available.

  • 3-D Printer Safety
  • Nitric Acid Incident on Campus
  • Gear Up for Summer Safety
  • UW Fire Drill Procedures Change
  • Animal Researchers: Meet HoverBoard
  • New Policy on Asbestos/Regulated Building Materials
  • Preparing for a Hazardous Waste Inspection
  • New Autoclave Safety Guidelines
April 2016
  • Is the Lithium Battery in Your Device Safe?
  • Your Health and Safety Committee
  • Preparing Your Laboratory for an Earthquake
  • Outdoor UW Events May Require a Permit
  • Do You Need a Temporary Food Permit for Your UW Event?
  • Staff Spotlight: John Kelly
  • What's New: New State Regulation of Radioactive Material, OSHA Announces Final Rule Lowering Silica Exposure Limit
February 2016
  • UW Safety, Sustainability, and Preparedness Expo
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Laboratories
  • 2015 UW Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries Now Online
  • Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Stenberg
  • What's New: New Chemical Waste Management Video, New EH&S Training Record Lookup

See more editions at ehs.washington.edu/news.

Print your own Safety Training Certificates

So you want a safety training certificate for the Asbestos class you took last week, well now you can print a copy for yourself! Simply follow the link to My EH&S Training, and you can print certificates for classes (with about one week delay) you have taken through Environmental Health and Safety. Enjoy!

UW Digital Security Certificate

A number of commonly used applications on the EH&S website, including but not limited to OARS Version 2 and the online General Asbestos Awareness Training, generate errors if your computer does not have the UW security certificate loaded. If, when attempting to access one of these applications, you get an error message indicating that the security certificate is invalid or unknown, then go to www.washington.edu/itconnect/security/securing-computer/install/ for instructions on how to update your computer's security certificate. This same certificate will also work for many other University applications.