As autumn quarter comes to a close, the Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season while taking the necessary precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Vacuum pumps are used to remove air and other vapors from a vessel or manifold. Weak points in containers or systems under vacuum can create implosion or explosion hazards, and cause injury by violently spraying glass and hazardous materials. An example of this is an incident that recently occurred at the University of Pennsylvania resulting in an explosion and fire.
UW personnel who are allowed to return to on-site work at a University location can expect changes in the workplace and work processes due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, all work that can be done remotely should be done remotely through the 2020-2021 academic year.
New rules went into effect on October 31, 2020, for the management of dangerous waste pharmaceuticals, which set new requirements for Washington state health care facilities that generate pharmaceutical waste.
EH&S temporarily pauses hazardous chemical waste collection service for many sites during the last two weeks of each year to do annual maintenance and upkeep at our waste handling facility. Some chemical waste collections may be delayed during the temporary shutdown from December 15, 2020 to January 3, 2021. This pause will not affect routine collections at University medical centers.
Unit leaders, managers and supervisors have two new ways to view EH&S safety training records for all personnel within an organization code or all individuals who report to a manager or supervisor. Unit leaders, managers and supervisors can view or download a list of people who took a specific training course within a selected date range.
Training records can also be found for one or a few individuals using a UWNetID or multiple UWNetIDs separated by commas.
The University strongly discourages all non-essential travel, including holiday travel, and recommends against indoor gatherings with anyone who does not live with you.
Governor Inslee issued a travel advisory on November 13, 2020, encouraging Washingtonians to stay home and avoid non-essential travel to other states and countries.
If you are celebrating Halloween this year, plan for safer ways to have fun while reducing your risk of spreading COVID-19. The UW Environmental Health & Safety Department recommends the following tips to help keep yourself and others healthy and safe this Halloween.
Safer Halloween options
Celebrate Halloween with these fun activities that have a lower risk of spreading COVID-19.
The UW Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) provides services to our campus partners both remotely and on site to support critical work activities in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan for the Workplace and EH&S's site-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plans.