Workplace falls are both common and preventable. Falls from heights is the second-leading cause of unintentional workplace death in the U.S. However, a worker doesn’t need to fall from a high level to suffer injuries and lost work time. Falls can happen anywhere; even office workers can be injured from slipping or tripping on a level surface.
UW personnel working indoors should be prepared for sudden increases in outdoor temperatures and wildfire smoke events during the summer months. It is important to keep windows closed as much as possible and rely on the building’s central heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to provide filtered air during high outdoor heat and smoke events.
Washington state outdoor heat exposure and wildfire smoke rules are in effect from June 15 through September 29, 2022, and may apply to University departments and units with personnel performing work in an outdoor environment.
3M™ issued a Stop Use/Recall Notice for DBI-SALA® ShockWave™2 Arc Flash Shock Absorbing Lanyards due to a potential manufacturing issue with a limited number of devices. This manufacturing issue could result in the lanyard not performing properly in the event of a fall, which could result in severe injury or death.
University units in possession of ShockWave™2 Arc Flash Shock Absorbing Lanyards must take the following steps.