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The goal of the Physics Department Safety Team is to provide and maintain a safe, healthful and efficient work environment for all, including faculty, staff employees, students and visitors to the Department of Physics. To this end we offer a number of useful documents and links: 

Research Recovery Plan (PDF), effective 5/12/2020, summarizes current policy and guidelines for the resumption of research during the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.  All on-site research must have an approved return-to-research plan with voluntary participation by personnel designated as critical employees.

Health and Safety Plan (PDF) provides an overview of the departments safety policy, individual responsibilities and safety guidelines for all department employees. It also includes useful information regarding how to respond to emergencies, how to contact your local safety representatives and the minutes of the meetings of the safety team.

Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan (PDF) (EEOP)  explains how to evacuate the building and how to respond to respond to fires, bomb threats, chemical spills, earthquakes etc. A copy of the plan may be obtained from this site or from the physics department office.

New Employee Safety Form (PDF) must be completed by all new employees, with the assistance and guidance of their supervisor. The aim of this document is to effectively bring a new employee up to speed regarding the safety issues of their new position and the department as a whole.

If you plan to engage volunteer workers, please refer to the Procedures and guidelines for engaging volunteer workers (PDF) which explains your responsibilities when engaging volunteers and will assist you in satisfying University and State requirements relating to volunteers.

A wealth of useful safety information can be found on the web site of the University of Washington Environmental Health & Safety.  At this site one can find listed all of the safety courses offered as well as experts to advise on specific problems.

The University created the Administrative Policy Statement 11.8:  Reporting Suspected Child Abuse to ensure that University employees and volunteers are informed of their obligations to report suspected child abuse under Chapter 26.44 RCW, the Abuse of Children Law.  To provide specific guidance relating to this policy, a short training program has been developed for all employees, faculty, and volunteers to review.  Additional information and resources can be found on the University’s Safety of Minors website.  Everyone in our community needs to be aware of their duties to report and respond appropriately.  With all of our involvement, we can continue to provide a safe experience for everyone involved with the University.

No safety plan is perfect and we welcome your feedback, comments and observations on how we can improve please send your comments to Peter Kammel. Remember, the most effective tools in guaranteeing your safety and wellbeing is your own alertness and common sense.

See the list of Floor Wardens (PDF) .

Click here to Report an Accident.