Updated and reposted on 8/11/21
When the Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) learns that a member of the UW community tested positive for COVID-19, our COVID-19 Response & Prevention Team follows up to provide guidance to the individual who tests positive and conducts contact tracing, to prevent transmission among UW community members.
3M Fall Protection issued a Product Advisory to notify users of the 3M™ PROTECTA® PRO-Stop™ Single Leg & Pro™ Pack Twin Leg Shock Absorbing Lanyards are not consistently meeting the OSHA requirements for breaking strength.
A person can be seriously injured, even killed, when working on a machine or equipment if the hazardous energy sources are not controlled.
As the University is working toward a return to normal operations, you may be lifting and moving things around, such as chairs, printers, and other equipment, in preparation for on-site work. Take precautions before lifting or moving objects, as incorrect lifting can lead to back pain and/or a back injury.
It is time for the biannual health and safety committee elections. Nominations will open soon for the next two-year committee term, which will begin on January 1, 2022. Please nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on a committee.
Several recent incidents have occurred at the University in which a chemical or infectious material splashed or splattered into the eye because the individual was not wearing the correct type of eye protection for the hazards they faced, or not wearing eye protection at all. You should always evaluate your workplace for potential eye hazards so you can select the appropriate safety equipment.
Eyeglasses versus safety glasses or goggles
Summer in Seattle means hiking, biking, kayaking and ... lab work. Yes, many of us spend gorgeous summer days working in the lab. While it's fine to wear shorts, skirts, sandals or flip flops outside, wearing these items in the lab can expose you to hazards. Proper lab attire ensures your skin is covered and protected.
Even if you aren't working with hazardous materials that day, your coworker might be, so always dress to protect yourself. We recommend keeping an appropriate change of clothes and shoes in the lab so you are never without the right gear.