Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is responsible for supporting a culture of health and safety across the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College co-located campus by assisting organizational units in meeting their responsibility to protect the environment and to provide a safe and healthful place for faculty, staff, students, visitors and volunteers.
EH&S is here to help support you, whether it be unsafe working conditions, personal protective equipment needs, hazard identifications, accident prevention plan, workplace ergonomic evaluations and much more. Please don't hesitate to reach out. Read more about EH&S support across the University of Washington system.
Ergonomics is the practice of fitting the job to the individual, which can help prevent work-related musculoskeletal injuries. Examples of musculoskeletal injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and low back pain. The goal of the ergonomics program at the University is to help departments and employees identify risk factors that can contribute to the development of work related musculoskeletal injuries and determine solutions to eliminate or reduce these risk factors.
These steps can help employees conduct a self-assessment of their workstation and pick products that may improve the ergonomics of their workstation:
Step 1. Review and Adjust: Workstation Adjustment Guidelines
Step 2. Purchase Ergonomic Tools: Guide for Selecting Office Ergonomic Furniture and Equipment
Step 3. Print out and plan: Sit-Stand Workstations
For training on ergonomics awareness, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has provided online training for supervisors and employees on the L&I Ergonomics webpage.
EH&S provides health and safety training courses that meet regulatory and policy requirements and support a culture of safety for the University of Washington; Most EH&S courses are free to faculty, staff and studentsith a UW NetID (if you do not have a UW NetID, ask your department/unit for sponsorship.)
For additional safety trianing requests, please contact UWB EH&S.
Feel free to reach out about any workplace or campus safety concerns, training needs, inspection or hazard reviews, accident and injury reporting, hazardous waste management and disposal, research safety support, ergonomic evaluations, safety equipment, indoor environmental issues, new equipment installation, lab closures/relocations/renovations,