Many older UW buildings are made of hazardous materials

Do-it-yourself repairs or projects that disturb walls, floor tiles, ceilings, fixtures and other building materials can expose you to substances that pose serious health risks.

University policy prohibits any “do-it-yourself” construction, renovation or modification of University buildings.  Even simple projects, such as hammering a nail into a wall, can expose you to hazardous chemicals and result in regulatory fines.

 

Fall Protection

 

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. The University of Washington, through the UW Fall Protection Program Manual, is committed to protecting employees and others from fall hazards through safe design, hazard elimination, engineering controls, safe work practices, training, and personal protective equipment when necessary.

UW Fall Protection Program Manual

 

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. The University of Washington (UW), through the UW Fall Protection Program Manual, is committed to protecting employees and others from fall hazards through safe design, hazard elimination, engineering controls, safe work practices, training, and personal protective equipment when necessary. If a fall hazard cannot be eliminated, effective fall protection must be planned, implemented, and monitored to control the risks of injury due to falling.

 
 

Workplace safety in the holiday season

Home Safe 4 the Holidays video from UW DEOHS Continuing Education Programs

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we are often preoccupied with holiday planning, year-end deadlines and work commitments. As a result, many employers see an increase in workplace injuries just before and after the holiday season.

EH&S reminds the UW community to be mindful and maintain your focus on safety at all times, especially during the holiday season.

Be mindful while working.

Eliminate as many distractions as possible: