Environment, Health & Safety News


  1. Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week 2016

    Written on April 04, 2016

    The week of April 11-15, 2016, has been designated Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Emergency Management and the five National Weather Service Forecast Offices that service Wisconsin are asking that everyone take time to go over their safety plans so that they will be ready when severe weather strikes.
  2. Holiday Lights Safety Tips

    Written by Fire Safety on December 15, 2015

  3. Walk Like a Penguin to Prevent Winter Slips, Trips and Falls

    Written on November 24, 2015

    Over half of all reported slips, trips and falls at UW-Madison occur during the winter months of November through February. The total incurred direct cost for these injuries in 2012 was $270,000. Indirect costs are estimated at a minimum of five times the direct cost (approximately $1,350,000 for the year 2012). 

  4. Lab Safety Task Force Looks into Campus Safety Culture

    Written on May 21, 2015

    The ACS Safety Culture Task Force report provides guidance, suggestions, examples, and endorsements that can help support the safety culture in universities and colleges. The report has identified over fifteen best components and best practices of a good safety culture that could be used by universities and colleges to strengthen their safety culture; and can provide tools and resources to enhance the overall safety culture. 

  5. Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015

    Written on April 06, 2015

    The week of April 13-17, 2015, has been designated Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Emergency Management and the five National Weather Service Forecast Offices that service Wisconsin are asking that everyone take time to go over their safety plans so that they will be ready when severe weather strikes. 

  6. Do You Need a Biosafety Protocol?

    Written on March 04, 2015

    Not sure whether or not you need to submit a Biosafety Protocol? Our team has put together a handy document that should help you with any questions that you may have. 

  7. Laboratory Emergency Door Cards - Now Available as Fillable PDF

    Written on November 18, 2014

    EH&S is delighted to announce that laboratory emergency door cards are now available as a fillable PDF download from our site! We have been working with facility managers all over campus to provide you with better access to this document, as well as increased usability and clarity.

  8. Campus Pesticide Use & Stormwater Access

    Written on May 05, 2014

    With the warmer spring weather, many of us are enjoying spending ore time outdoors, planting gardens and caring for landscape and turf areas. EH&S would like to take this opportunity to remind faculty, staff, students and visitors of the University's pesticide use policy and stormwater management goals. 

  9. Service Changes for EHS and UHS

    Written on January 07, 2014

    Environment, Health & Safety and University Health Services are working together to improve delivery of campus health & safety services.

  10. Flushable? Think Again.

    Written on November 19, 2013

    What we put down our drains and toilets can negatively impact our environment and put our health at risk. Even items labeled "flushable" can clog pipes, tangle pumps and result in messy and costly sewer backups.

  11. EHS Website Redesign

    Written on October 01, 2013

    After months of research and planning, we have decided to revamp our site in hopes of bringing you better information and navigation and increased functionality. We launched our newly remodeled website on October 1, 2013. 

  12. Simple Minds Swim Safety

    Written on June 08, 2013

    Before you take your first splash into Lake Mendota, reflect on these Simple Minds songs to keep yourself healthy and having fun on and in the water. 

  13. Springtime Boater Safety Tips

    Written on May 08, 2013

    Spring is officially here. While warmer weather is very inviting for water-lovers, it can also be the most dangerous time to be out on the water. 

  14. Eye Protection & Safety Eyewear

    Written on March 08, 2013

    Your eyes are extremely vulnerable to injury and protecting them can be an easy thing to do if you follow basic preventative measures. 

  15. Animal Waste Exposure Risks

    Written on February 08, 2013

    The UW-Madison campus has a huge variety of biomedical and agricultural animal research utilizing a wide range of species. The animals receive radioactive materials, experimental chemical compounds, and biological agents; all of which can end up in their waste products. How is that waste safety handled and where does it go? 

  16. Hot Times in the Summer

    Written on January 08, 2013

    Preventing heat stress is important. Over the past 12 years, almost half of worker's compensation physical hazard cases reported at UW-Madison were heat-related illnesses! 

  17. Reporting a Biological Exposure or Release Event

    Written on August 08, 2012

    The UW-Madison Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) requires that Principal Investigators report all potential exposures to, or releases of, organisms or biological toxins within 24 hours of the event (IBC-Policy-005). 

  18. WIMR Inventory Management System

    Written on July 08, 2012

    Can you imagine how many different chemicals are used in a research facility on the UW campus? Where are the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for these chemicals? UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) hae begun a project to answer these important safety questions. 

  19. Laboratory Spring Cleaning

    Written on April 09, 2012

    Spring is fast approaching! Now is a great time to clean out all old, expired, unused and unwanted chemicals from cluttered fume hoods and messy bench tops.