A Tacoma woman died from asphyxiation and her daughter-in-law is in critical condition after riding in a car with containers of dry ice. Even at normal room temperatures, dry ice will warm and release carbon dioxide gas, which can displace the oxygen inside a small, enclosed space.
Dry ice is commonly used in UW research. Its properties allow for rapid cooling of materials, but also pose unique worker safety hazards.
The information in this document is intended to provide guidance and describe the procedures for selecting the proper ergonomic furniture and equipment.
This document provides guidance on computer workstation ergonomic evaluation and adjustment for comfort.
On June 1, 2018, a UW employee was releasing chains holding a 20 foot shipping container on a trailer when the cheater bar on the lever load binder sprang loose with excessive force. The employee received a minor head injury.
Excessive exposure to heat can cause a range of heat-related illnesses, from less serious heat rash and heat cramps to more serious heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention because it can be deadly, so take precautions while working in the summer heat.
Lead is a neurotoxin that accumulates in the body and damages the nervous system and causes blood disorders. Faculty, staff and students using metallic lead in a lab, shop or other workspace could be at risk for toxic lead exposure.
All quantities of metallic lead (e.g., metallic lead like bricks, buoy weights, window weights, lead sheeting, or solder) must be recorded in MyChem. MyChem is the UW’s chemical inventory management system and helps maintain our compliance with environmental and occupational health requirements.
Two UW environmental health and safety projects were selected by the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) to receive an Award of Merit in the Innovation Award category at its national conference.
Slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of injuries to UW employees, and there was an increase in reported incidents from 2016 to 2017. The University of Washington is committed to protecting employees and others from these hazards.
When you are working above 10 feet, using ladders, or walking on a loading dock, be sure to follow the required procedures and safety tips to stay safe.
Fall Protection Work Plan