Safety in the Workplace

General Health and Safety

To support the University of Washington’s missions of teaching, research, and public service, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) assists organizational units in meeting their responsibility to protect the environment and to provide a safe and healthful place of employment and learning.

Faculty, librarians, and academic staff who are injured in the course of University employment may file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. For information on the process, please refer to the Office of Risk Management webpage.

Hazardous Chemicals

If you use or produce hazardous chemicals in your work, be aware of the following policy:

Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) code, WAC 296-62-054 through -05425, Hazard Communication Standard, requires chemical manufacturers or importers to assess the hazards of all chemicals they produce or import and transmit that information to affected employers and employees.

To read the complete policy, see the Hazard Communication Program.

Drug-Free Workplace

To help ensure the safety and well-being of faculty, staff, students, and the general public, the University is committed to maintaining a campus environment that is free of illegal drugs and of drugs and alcohol that are used illegally. For details, see the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy.

Workplace Violence

The University of Washington is committed to providing a safe, healthful workplace that is free from violence or threats of violence. For purposes of this policy, workplace violence is any violent or potentially violent behavior that arises from or occurs in the workplace that affects University faculty, staff, or students.

The University takes reports of threatening or violent workplace incidents seriously. Employees, supervisors, and managers are expected to follow the University of Washington Workplace Violence Report/Response Procedure to report actual or alleged incidents of violence in the workplace. In addition to this policy, some units (such as Medical Centers) have particular legislative or regulatory requirements with which they must comply.

For more information, see the Policy and Procedure on Workplace Violence via the Safe Campus website.

UW Police

The University Police Department is an agency of the University community. Its purpose is to serve and protect the students, staff, faculty, and all people and property within the jurisdiction of that community.

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