Site-Specific Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Control Plan template

 

PIs/supervisors must develop a site-specific BBP Exposure Control Plan (Word) as a supplement to the UW’s core BBP Exposure Control Plan in Appendix A of the UW Biosafety Manual. The site-specific plan identifies who is covered by the plan, personal protective equipment (PPE) for each task, decontamination procedures and first aid/exposure response procedures.

Training

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) prioritizes the well-being of the University of Washington community by offering comprehensive health and safety training courses. Designed to meet regulatory standards and uphold our commitment to safety, our courses foster a culture of preparedness across all units and departments.

While University units or departments bear the primary responsibility for ensuring their personnel receive required training, EH&S is readily available to offer support and guidance throughout the process.

 
 

Package Causes Serious Injury

Recent incidents on UW campus and lab-related accidents across the country underscore the need for UW employees to take required trainings and follow critical safety protocols.

In July, a UW employee was seriously injured while attempting to relieve pressure that built up in a container packed with dry ice shipped to UW by another research institution. As the employee loosened the lid the container exploded, leading to a permanent hand injury.

 
 

Your Health and Safety Committee

Health & Safety Committees provide valuable contributions to the UW’s total workplace safety program. Ten committees represent all UW employees, and the new two-year term for these committees began January 1, 2016.

Representatives from these committees make up the University-Wide (U-Wide) Health and Safety Committee, which also began its new two-year term at the start of the year. The U-Wide committee has two representatives from each of the ten organizational committees, a representative from the Faculty Senate, union representation, and other ex-officio members.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Laboratories

The UW is a major research and teaching institution, and safety in our laboratories is very important to all of us. If you work in a lab, you can protect yourself and others from exposure to hazardous materials through the use of chemical fume hoods; safe work practices and training; and appropriate laboratory attire and personal protective equipment (PPE).