Hello CERID,
Happy March

Business and Research Continuity: COVID-19

Discuss your plans for business and research continuity plans with your PI and/or lab manager. While there are currently no plans to suspend campus operations, it is pertinent that you discuss plans for that possibility. If there are essential functions that must be done in the lab, who will take care of them? Do you or your lab members have reliable transportation if transit systems are disrupted? Do you have backup plans in case you or your lab members are ill? Talk about what experiments should be prioritized and which may need to be put on hold.

UW Medicine has activated COVID-19 Incident Command and will provide daily updates to the UW Medicine community. Updates will also be provided from the Office of the President to the greater UW community. Be aware that directives from these sources may supersede those provided by your PI or lab manager. Be prepared to be flexible during the coming weeks.


Online Accident Reporting System (OARS) Reminder

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 and organizational Health and Safety Committees 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.

Online Accident Reporting System

Keeping Lab Spaces Clutter Free

Too much clutter dramatically increases the risk of an accident. Additionally, cluttered lab spaces can and have been cited by regulatory agencies resulting in hefty fines. Controlling lab clutter includes:

  • Unimpeded access to: sinks, eye washes, safety showers, electrical panels, and fire extinguishers.
  • Clear walkways and exits.
  • Remove clutter from fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. These should not be used for long-term storage.
  • Disposal of waste in a timely manner.
  • Store excess materials in a neat, secure manner. Overhead storage should be limited to light, non-hazardous materials.
  • Chemicals should not be stored on the floor unless secured in a secondary container.
  • Store equipment, chemicals, and waste not in use away from work stations.

Organized Lab Space