The College takes the health and safety of all individuals conducting research on its behalf very seriously. The College’s Health and Safety Committee (HSC)  meets monthly to reduce illnesses and injuries in the workplace. This section contains valuable information for researchers to review prior to and as they are conducting research. Following the guidelines in these resources will ensure compliance with University policies as well as personal health and safety when working with hazardous materials and equipment.

Visitors and Children in Labs and Shops

Please see University Administrative Policy Statement 10.9, Rules for Visitors and Children in University Laboratories and Shops.

Lab Safety

UW Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) offers online and open-enrollment classroom courses that cover all areas of laboratory safety to ensure that UW laboratory personnel are in compliance with state and federal regulations.

  • See the Lab Safety Training Matrix for a list of the required EH&S trainings for laboratory personnel. This matrix can also be used to track training completion.
  • See the EH&S Safety Training Courses page for a complete list of current online and in-person trainings.

Chemical Safety Training Requirement for Employees, Students, and Volunteers

Several years ago, Washington State implemented the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). As a result, anyone who works with chemicals in their work (including volunteers) must take either an in-person class or online training in the new system. The online training is simple and only requires 25 minutes. You can access the online course or register for an in-person class on the EH&S training website. The class is called “GHS-Globally Harmonized System (HazCom).”

Field Safety and Etiquette

The College has put together a guide on Best Practices for Field Work to provide those who are engaging in research in the field the best advise on how to do so in a safe manner.

Diving Safety

See the College Diving safety page for detailed information on the UW’s Diving Safety Program.