EH&S staff had an opportunity to speak with compliance inspector Chad Fisher from the Washington State Department of Ecology regarding three of the most common hazardous waste violations he's encountered at the UW. As it turns out, the majority of these violations are easily preventable and making simple corrections contributes to a safer lab environment.
EH&S has developed a new document Anesthetic Gases: Safe Use Guidelines and an Anesthetic Gases webpage to help users of anesthetic gases understand the potential health effects from exposure to anesthetic gases, and to provide guidance on minimizing potential exposures. These gases can be separated into two categories: Halogenated anesthetic gases/vapors and nitrous oxide.
The following standard operating procedures (SOPs) are for use by researchers, veterinary services and animal husbandry staff when preparing and handling animal feed or water containing antibiotics, medicines, chemicals, or other agents.
The Animal Husbandry Procedures: Medicine/Chemicals in Animal Drinking Water or Chow is intended for use when changing animal drinking water or show and handling animal cages in case of a spill or floods.