Hello CERID,

Happy March!

Is That Your Mess?

Please be sure to clean up any and all chemical spills regardless of whether the spilled chemical is hazardous.
Persons using the equipment and spaces after you will not know whether a spilled chemical presents a hazard.

  • Hazardous chemical spills must be handled as hazardous waste. All clean up materials should be bagged; affix a hazardous waste label and schedule waste to be picked up by EH&S.
  • Non-hazardous spills and chemicals should be swept/wiped and may be disposed of as general lab waste.

Chemical Spill by Scales

Consult the Chemical Spills in Laboratories page for more information.

Wires Down! Keep Your Distance

This year's weather has had no shortage of surprises. From high winds to record snowfall, it's a good idea to review what to do if power lines fall near you.

  • Always assume that a downed wire is live.
  • Maintain at least 20 feet away from downed wires and more if possible.
  • If you're within 20 feet of a wire, keep your feet together and shuffle (don't walk or run) away from the wire.
  • If a wire falls on your vehicle, stay inside and call 911. If you absolutely must leave the vehicle, avoid touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Hop out of the vehicle keeping your feet together and shuffle away from the vehicle.
  • Report downed wires by calling (206) 684-3000 or (206) 684-7400. If the wires pose an immediate threat, call 911.

Seattle Fire Department Engine 30 blocks off downed power lines

For more electrical safety tips, head to Seattle City Light.


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