December Institutional Biosafety Committee Meeting
December 2, 2014
The next scheduled meeting of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) will be held on the third Wednesday of the month
on December 17, 2014 from 10 am to noon, location to be determined.
October 30, 2014
The October edition of EH&S News is now available:
- Adults Need Vaccines, Too: Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
- New EH&S Poster to Help Identify and Package Sharps, Lab Glass, and Plastic Waste
- Lead Recycling Program
- Bring Safe Food Home for the Holidays
- Follow These Tips for Prompt Pickup of Hazardous Waste
- ORIS Training Record Lookup Improved
- Staff Spotlight: Jeff Forister
- Upcoming Event: UW Faculty and Staff Benefits Fair November 6
Improved Researcher Training Look Up
October 10, 2014
Over the past several months, EH&S has been working with Office of Research Information
Services (ORIS) on a new product for researchers and research administrators to view
their research-related required training records. Now, instead of visiting several
separate compliance unit sites, you just need to visit this new application. Future
enhancements include team views and training expiration notification. ORIS is continuing
development of the application to deliver these features. Access the system now to view
your records and provide your feedback.
Researcher Training Transcript
Recent lapses in biosafety practices at federal laboratories have prompted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to urge grantees to participate in National Biosafety Stewardship Month this September. UW strongly encourages principal investigators (PIs) and laboratory directors to inventory biohazardous agents and reexamine lab policies and procedures that impact biological safety.
Other Health and Human Services agencies are joining the NIH in this effort, and the White House has issued a statement recommending a "safety stand-down" of federal departments and agencies.
You can help ensure biosafety stewardship with these steps:
- Inventory and document stocks and cultures stored in your lab.
- If biohazardous agents are not registered with Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), update your Biological Use Authorization.
- If stocks or cultures are no longer needed, decontaminate and dispose of them properly.
- Make sure biosafety training is completed and current.
- Visit the EH&S Biosafety Stewardship webpage for more information.
For assistance, contact EH&S at 206.221.7770 or email@example.com.
New DOT Class 6.2 and Class 9 labels
September 10, 2014
Starting October 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to use the old Class 6.2 and Class 9 shipping labels. New labels are available; they can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available at Shipping Hazardous Materials.
Annual Asbestos Awareness Training Is No Longer Required for Most UW Employees
July 28, 2014
This is to inform you of a change in a training requirement for University of Washington
(UW) employees. As UW buildings can have asbestos-containing materials, all UW employees
have been required to complete asbestos awareness training, both at the beginning of
their employment and annually thereafter. Recently, the Washington State Department
of Labor and Industries (L&I) provided an interpretation of their regulations that
does not require most UW employees to complete asbestos awareness training every year.
Asbestos awareness training is still a requirement for new employees, and the UW
continues to proactively monitor buildings and renovation projects to prevent asbestos exposure.
The updated asbestos training requirements are as follows:
New UW employees are still required to complete asbestos awareness training at the
beginning of their employment. The online asbestos general awareness training is
available on the
EH&S website and through the
Human Resources New Employee Orientation webpage.
Most UW employees are no longer required to complete the asbestos
awareness training every year.
Annual asbestos awareness training remains a requirement only for certain employees,
such as maintenance and custodial workers, whose work may bring them into contact with
asbestos containing materials, and thus require additional awareness training.
- Additional specialized training is still required for employees who work directly
with asbestos-containing materials.
The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department will continue to work with
all departments to ensure they understand and meet environmental and occupational
health and safety requirements for asbestos. All UW employees should continue to
report damaged building materials or asbestos concerns to their supervisors or EH&S
at (206) 543-0469 and follow instructions on caution and warning signs posted in
buildings and around construction and renovation projects. Additional information
about asbestos is available on the EH&S
Asbestos webpage, and the
provides updates on asbestos and other safety-related topics.
Board of EHS Meeting Minutes
May 13, 2014
The Board of Environmental Health and Safety shares publically the meeting
minutes as they occur. The final minutes of
January 29, 2014 (pdf) are now
Past meetings notes are also available.
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
for instructions on how to update your computer's security certificate. This same certificate will also work for
many other University applications.