Has an EH&S representative visited your lab lately? If not, chances are good that one of our safety ambassadors will visit soon to review the Laboratory Safety Checklist, a list of 78 questions addressing a variety of topics including chemical safety, training of personnel, personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness.
Many laboratories use hazardous chemicals that are purchased in large quantities and then transferred into smaller secondary containers (e.g., vials, flasks or bottles), or prepared as diluted solutions or mixtures for use.
If your laboratory uses secondary containers filled with chemicals, the secondary containers must comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard for Labels and Pictograms.
The EH&S Shipping Regulated Medical Waste training course is now available online! This training is required initially and every three years for any personnel who perform the final packaging steps and offer shipments to the UW waste contractor. The online training includes hazard and security awareness, safety procedures, and function-specific shipping instructions. We hope that the online course makes it easier for personnel to complete the training requirement.
A UW employee’s feet became entangled with cords under a desk, causing them to lose their balance and fall, resulting in a bone fracture. This event triggered a response from the UW’s accident and injury network to prevent future incidents like this one.
How are accidents and injuries prevented at the UW?
All entering graduate students working in laboratories or other research space with hazards at any UW campus location are highly encouraged to attend the Graduate Student Safety Seminar. This seminar will orient new researchers to the University’s safety requirements, procedures, and expectations. It is an opportunity to introduce new graduate students to the established strong culture of safety that will support them in creating a successful graduate career.
The National Weather Service announced an air quality alert for Western Washington through 12 p.m.. on Thursdat, 8/23. The Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index in the Seattle and Tacoma areas is in the “unhealthy” category, meaning that “everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more health effects.”
The University recently received notification from BD Life Sciences regarding potential product safety risks with BD Vacutainer® blood collection tubes. These products do not require disposal but instead require adherence to specific instructions for continued use.
The UW was recently notified of a potential hazard for users of laser equipped microscopy equipment manufactured by ZEISS. The hazard identified by the manufacturer is potential exposure to Class IIIb laser light, which can cause serious and permanent visual impairment. All users of laser equipped microscopy equipment should contact EH&S immediately if using or possessing the following equipment:
EH&S’s Radiation Safety team recently celebrated its paperless Radiation Use Authorization (RUA) program by sending 12 banker’s boxes full of active files off for secure records destruction.
This transition to a paperless program was part of a TAP Initiative effort to streamline the RUA approval process. With the transition to a digital record, a paper record is no longer needed, so those 12 boxes of files will go to records destruction instead records retention.