Introduction to Research Safety
Welcome to the research community at the University of Washington!
The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) developed this information to introduce you to the some of the important elements required for safety practices and safety compliance in your research space.
Please review the materials below and and complete all of the items on the Essential To Do List.
Safety and compliance information for new PIs
New PIs (and PIs who are new to the University) should review the following information:
UW Laboratories Safety Responsibility Matrix
Understand your role and the roles of others (director, dean, chair, investigator, lab manager, safety professional, administrator and student) in the lab.
EH&S Guide for Principal Investigators
Read about your safety responsibilities as a PI and the resources available to help you conduct your research safely.
EH&S Training Matrix
Determine the required and recommended safety trainings for you and your lab staff.
UW Laboratory-Specific Information Form
Record the responsible parties and room locations of your lab(s). This serves as a checklist of lab-specific information for inclusion in your chemical hygiene plan.
Laboratory Safety Checklist
Review the checklist and conduct a self-assessment prior to a scheduled assessment by the EH&S Lab Safety Team.
SOP Required Elements
Ensure the minimum safety elements are included in the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for your chemicals.
Review the additional environmental health and safety resources section of the Safety Manuals page for more information on the following topics:
- Setting up your lab
- Procuring and storing potentially hazardous materials and equipment
- Handling and shipping potentially hazardous materials
- Spills and exposure response
- Disposing and recycling hazardous materials
- Closing out your lab
- Protecting youth and minors in your lab
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tracy Harvey at 206.616.3778 for assistance.