EH&S staff had an opportunity to speak with compliance inspector Chad Fisher from the Washington State Department of Ecology regarding three of the most common hazardous waste violations he's encountered at the UW. As it turns out, the majority of these violations are easily preventable and making simple corrections contributes to a safer lab environment.
EH&S developed a lab safety performance rating using 30 questions from the Laboratory Safety Checklist that focus on chemical safety, training and personal protective equipment. The 30 selected questions are common to institutions performing laboratory safety surveys and have been vetted by an advisory task force.
Welcome to the UW Laboratory Safety Manual (LSM). Please bookmark this page electronically or print a copy of the complete LSM and make it available to laboratory staff. Staff in UW laboratories using hazardous chemicals must have access to a copy of the manual and the supplemental laboratory specific information.
Drugs are classified as hazardous if they may cause cancer, developmental or reproductive toxicity or harm to organs at low doses. They include drugs used for cancer chemotherapy (also called antineoplastics), antiviral drugs, hormones, some bioengineered drugs and other various drugs. To determine if a drug is classified as hazardous check the NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings (2014).
The Annual Laboratory Safety Seminar will take place Tuesday, September 26 in Kane Hall Room 130 starting at 2:00 p.m.
With the new quarter underway, researchers are developing their formulas for safety success! Updates include additional resources to assess lab hazards, a link to a new lab safety responsibilities matrix, chemical storage, chemical shipments, training, sharps and other information. A list of significant changes is highlighted in the log of changes.