As public employees, we must be aware of University and Washington State policies and regulations. If we know what the rules are, we can work effectively within the regulations.
If you have questions, email or call Academic Human Resources at 206-543-5630.
General Health and Safety
To support the University of Washington’s missions of teaching, research, and public service, the Environmental Health and Safety department (EHS) assists organizational units in meeting their responsibility to protect the environment and to provide a safe and healthful place of employment and learning.
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 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, read the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy in the UW Administrative Policy Statements.
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, read the Policy and Procedure on Workplace Violence on the UW Human Resources site.
State Employee Whistleblower Act
University employees may report improper governmental actions to the State Auditor’s Office or to designated University officials. To encourage the reporting of improper governmental actions, employees are protected from reprisal or retaliatory action by the provisions of state law. The Whistleblower law is codified in Chapter 42.40 of the Revised Code of Washington. Procedures for reporting improper governmental actions are in the Administrative Policy Statements at http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/APS/47.01.html.
The University of Washington Police Department is an accredited police department serving the Seattle campus and surrounding areas. Its purpose is to serve and protect the students, staff, faculty, and all people and property within the jurisdiction of that community.