The University of Washington has established 11 Organizational Health and Safety Committees (HSC).  The purpose of HSCs is to actively engage employees in efforts to reduce illnesses and injuries in the workplace.  Each member of the HSCs serves as a source of health and safety information for their colleagues and ensures that their unit’s health and safety documents are up to date on an annual basis.  In addition, HSCs review the accident/incident reports pertinent to their area for evaluation and resolution of any ongoing issues.  Members serve a two-year term based on a calendar year.  The College of the Environment is Organizational Health & Safety Committee #10.

HSC#10: Committee Members for 2018-19

The Organizational Health & Safety Committee meets monthly on every third Monday, or the fourth Monday if the third is a holiday, in the Ocean Sciences Conference Room 203, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Member Dept/School Type Box Email
Jon Wittouck Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Elected 355020
David Warren Atmospheric Sciences Elected 351640
Kate Merriwether EarthLab Appointed 355674
Scott Dakins Earth and Space Sciences Elected 351310
Michelle Barr Earth and Space Sciences Elected 351310
Lisa Nordlund Environmental and Forestry Sciences Elected 352100
David Zuckerman Environmental and Forestry Sciences Appointed 358010
Vacant Friday Harbor Labs Elected
Burlyn Birkemeier JISAO Appointed 354925
Collen Marquist JISAO Elected 355672
Jackie Chapman Marine and Environmental Affairs Appointed 355685
Kathy Newell Oceanography Elected 357940
Robert Kamphaus Oceanography Appointed 357940
Vacant Program on the Environment Elected 355679
Paul Dye Washington Sea Grant Elected 355060
Fiona Lee Office of the Dean Appointed 355355
Stephanie Harrington Office of the Dean Ex-Officio 355355

Dean’s office health and safety plans

Emergency Evacuation Operations Plan for Dean’s Office Suite — procedures and duties to promote planning and to establish training for occupants of the Ocean Sciences Building located at 1492 NE Boat Street, for fire, earthquake, bomb threats, chemical spill, and other emergency evaluations as required by Chapter 4 of the Seattle Fire Cod, the Washington Administrative Code (WAC 296-24-567), and the UW Emergency Response Management Plan.

EEOP for Ocean Research Building #2 (ORB) – emergency evacuation and operations procedures for occupants of the Ocean Resources Building #2.

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Reporting an Accident, Incident, or Near Miss (OARS) – Both the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and Federal Government Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require employers to record work-related injuries and illnesses. Supervisors are required to determine a probable cause and take corrective action to prevent recurrence.
Environmental Health and Safety – Responsible for addressing environmental issues in order to provide a safe educational and workplace on campus.


  • Laboratory Safety Manual – Staff in UW laboratories using hazardous chemicals must have access to a copy of the manual and the supplemental laboratory specific information.
  • Emergency Management –  Responsible for developing and implementing institution-wide programs and projects that promote disaster planning, training, mitigation, response, prevention and recovery for all-hazards.
  • Campus Safety Portal – Contains links to many resources that are related to campus safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Safe Campus – Violence Prevention – provides information on counseling and safety resources, University policies, and violence reporting requirements that help us maintain a safe personal, work, and learning environment.
  • UW Police – UW Police Department offers crime prevention tips, crime alerts, Husky NightWalk security guard escorts, and other services to the campus.
  • UW Alert – Campus-wide alert system to disseminate official information during emergencies and situations disrupting normal campus operations. UW faculty, staff, and students can subscribe to UW Alert to receive information via email, text message, or telephone.
  • UW Health and Safety Policies – Complete list of University Administrative Policy Statements on environment, health, safety, and security.

Key contacts

David Warren
Atmospheric Sciences
Health & Safety Committee Chair