EH&S Operational Status

Environment, Health and Safety continues to provide essential services to the UW-Madison campus, both through remote work and on-campus work.

EH&S will continue to respond to campus emergencies, incidents, and spills. EH&S will continue to provide critical consultations and reviews and will have onsite staff available to handle safety incidents or concerns.

This page provides an overview of the current status of the operations of Environment, Health and Safety.

Last updated August 5th, 2021


Full Biosafety protocol support and Institutional Biosafety Committee administration will continue, though staff are working remotely.  Routine biological laboratory outreach visits are suspended until further notice.  For immediate on site assistance please contact Ann Larson (; landline: 608-890-3469; cell: 608-206-9752).


Biological safety cabinet certifications have resumed with limited staff and enhanced safety protocols.  Laboratories due for routine annual certification will be contacted by the BSC Program scheduler.


All chemical lab visits are suspended until further notice. All in-person training is suspended until further notice.

For immediate on site assistance, contact Todd Yanke (; 608-279-2340).


The Waste Management Group will be operating with reduced staffing supporting essential facilities and spill response on campus. Hazardous Waste pick-ups will continue at reduced levels for operating facilities.We have planned for some level of staff rotation in the coming weeks.

For immediate assistance: 608-265-5700

For emergencies: 911


Support for high containment laboratories will continue, including monitoring of building systems, coordination of emergency work, and response to alarms.


Any spill or release to the environment, either directly or through storm or sewer drains requires notification of EH&S.  Call 265-5700.


Fire & Life Safety will have access to email, texting, phone calls and available for any WebEx meetings as necessary.  If you have questions please reach out to the following people with your questions or you can send Fire & Life Safety an email at

Hot Works and Impairment Procedures will continue as usual.

For on site assistance, contact Don Siebert (; 608-212-3076).


All radiation lab visits are suspended until further notice. Radioactive waste pick-ups will continue at reduced levels for operating facilities. Radioactive material orders can be placed and will be delivered.

For immediate on site assistance, contact Kurt Kellesvig (;608-235-9531).

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