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.
August Institutional Biosafety Committee Meeting
July 23, 2014
The next scheduled meeting of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) will be held on the third Wednesday of the month
on August 20, 2014 from 10 am to noon, location to be determined.
June 20, 2014
The June edition of EH&S News is now available:
- Lessons Learned: Lab Waste Spill Causes Building Evacuation
- Repurposed Radioactive Sources Save Money and the Environment
- When Do You Need a Respirator?
- It's Almost West Nile Virus Season
- EH&S Will Collect Your Hazardous Waste
- Avoid Becoming a Picnic Basket Case
- Staff Spotlight: Kevin Makinson
- Events: Safety Stand Down Week
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.