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Proper Storage of Regulated Materials

A recent regulatory inspection cited a UW lab for an unlocked and unattended controlled substances safe. Ensure that your regulated substances and materials are properly stored.

  • DEA scheduled substances must be stored in locked cabinets with limited access. Records must be maintained for 3 years. Expired or waste drug must be kept in the locked cabinet until picked up by a licensed reverse distributor. Consult Pharmacy Services for more information.
  • Radioactive material (RAM) must be stored in approved locked locations or within lock boxes. Rooms where RAM is stored must be locked when unoccupied. Inventory verification is sent to labs semiannually. Consult EH&S Radiation Safety for more information.
  • CDC and APHIS select agents and toxins should be doubly contained and stored in a locked area accessible only by authorized personnel. Refer to the EH&S Select Agent Program for information and oversight.
  • Consider locking other Particularly Hazardous Substances (PHSs) and environmental hazards as defined by EH&S and identified in MyChem in the REG column with B, E, or P. These include chemicals considered highly toxic, highly dangerous (flammable or reactive), reproductive toxicants, and select carcinogens. Find more information from UW EH&S, and check out your current list of PHSs in MyChem.

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Accidents, Injuries, Hazards, and Near Misses

Be sure to report work-related incidents immediately after first aid or hazard elimination to your supervisor and subsequently through UW's Online Accident Reporting System (OARS).

  • Anyone with a UW NetID can file an OARS report.
  • Reports allow EH&S to investigate incidents and implement measures to prevent similar incidents.
  • Reports are also required in order to comply with federal, state, and funding agencies.
  • You must call EH&S immediately at 206-543-7262 during business hours or UW Police at 206-685-8973 outside of business hours for any incident that involves:
    • In-patient hospitalization
    • Recombinant or synthetic DNA exposure or spill
    • Fatality
    • Do not move any equipment until EH&S receives clearance from Washington Labor and Industries in these instances beyond that necessary to remove any victims and prevent further incidents and injuries.

For more information on incident reporting and response, refer to UW EH&S Accident and Injury Reporting.

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