Hello CERID,

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month.

Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. Look into acquiring hearing protection for tasks that involve loud noises, particularly those above 85 decibels. Contact EH&S for help with a hazard assessment if you are weighing the risks between hearing protection and situational awareness. Learn more about how you can prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) from the National Institutes of Health.
And download your own Sound Level Meter (SLM) app for iOS devices developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) here.

Cell phone with sound level meter app










Do You Know What Qualifies as Sharps Waste?

The following are always sharps waste:

  • Needles
  • Syringes outside their original packaging (even if they have never come in contact with a sharp)
  • Lancets
  • Scalpel blades

The following are considered sharps waste if they are contaminated with a biohazard (including recombinant or synthetic DNA/RNA):

  • Broken glass
  • Razor blades
  • Fragile glass (tubes, ampules, vials, Pasteur pipettes)
  • Glass slides and cover slips

Sharps Container










Refer to UW EH&S for specifics on how to package and dispose of sharps and other biohazard plastic and glass waste. Print out a poster!

If you have a safety concern or idea, or would like to join our team, contact

CERID Safety Team