New Chemical Indicators Approved for Autoclaving Biohazardous Waste

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) recently identified that the Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) approved chemical integrator 3M Comply™ SteriGage™ that are required for steam sterilization of biohazardous waste are no longer manufactured or available for purchase by the 3M company or other vendors. 

The University of Washington (UW) received approval from PHSKC to use four other chemical integrators. The four newly approved chemical integrators are:


Gear up for summer lab work

Summer in Seattle means hiking, biking, kayaking and ... lab work. Yes, many of us spend gorgeous summer days working in the lab. While it's fine to wear shorts, skirts, sandals or flip flops outside, wearing these items in the lab can expose you to hazards. Proper lab attire ensures your skin is covered and protected.

Even if you aren't working with hazardous materials that day, your coworker might be, so always dress to protect yourself. We recommend keeping an appropriate change of clothes and shoes in the lab so you are never without the right gear.