COVID-19: 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. Some other services have been curtailed or suspended.

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. Staff will still respond to emails and most can be reached on cell phones.

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

For more general information about campus operations, please visit the COVID-19 website. Please note that any information on the COVID-19 website supersedes information posted here.

Note: Facilities staff and building managers in schools, colleges, and divisions across campus are encouraged to share this information with their departments.

Send feedback or suggestions for this page to communications@fpm.wisc.edu.

 

Last updated April 1, 2020

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY

Full Biosafety protocol support and Institutional Biosafety Committee administration will continue, though staff will be working remotely.  All biological laboratory outreach visits are suspended until further notice.  For immediate on site assistance please contact Ann Larson (Ann.Larson12@wisc.edu; 608-890-3469 (landline); 608-206-9752 (cell)).

Guidance for extending critical PPE for essential research activities

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY CABINETS

All routine biological safety cabinet certifications for April are cancelled. Only high priority certifications will be done. We will have a limited number of staff available in our office for emergency work.

CHEMICAL SAFETY

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 (Todd.Yanke@wisc.edu; 608-279-2340).

DISPOSAL SERVICES

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

ENGINEERING SAFETY

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

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE

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

FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY

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 firelife@fpm.wisc.edu.

Hot Works and Impairment Procedures will continue as usual.

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

RADIATION SAFETY

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 (Kurt.Kellesvig@wisc.edu;608-235-9531).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND FEEDBACK

For more general information about campus operations, please visit the COVID-19 website. Please note that any information on the COVID-19 website supersedes information posted here.

Send feedback or suggestions for this page to communications@fpm.wisc.edu.