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Welcome to the New EH&S Website!

The EH&S website was redesigned to be more user-friendly, easier to navigate and aligned with the UW brand style.

Please note that most web page URLs have changed; please update your bookmarks and materials accordingly. 

The main menu options are organized by safety topic to quickly locate safety information.

 
 
 
 

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Kidde, a manufacturer of fire extinguishers, is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall some portable fire extinguishers due to potential safety issues. The recall involves plastic handle and plastic push button extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017.

 
 
 
 

Chemical Waste Container Explosion – Lessons Learned

EH&S staff were notified of a chemical spill on August 2, 2017, during which a waste bottle ruptured in secondary containment bin, spilling about 3 liters of liquid. The lab was evacuated and a hazardous material team cleaned up the chemicals and shattered glass.

The ruptured 4 liter glass bottle was manufactured for chemical waste storage and disposal purposes, and reportedly contained a mixture of organic solvents. EH&S staff noted that the hazardous waste label was incomplete and the actual contents were unknown.

 

October is National Biosafety Month – Sharps Safety and Exposure Response Focus

During National Biosafety Month, you are encouraged to focus attention on biosafety policies, practices and procedures. Investigators and laboratory managers should raise biosafety awareness, discuss the importance of safety, and seek input on ways to strengthen biosafety practices and procedures in their labs. This year, EH&S is focusing on sharps safety in research and exposure response.