Last Updated: May 18, 2020

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) (including Radiation Safety) is fully operational. Staff are on campus to support ramped-up research operations as needed, but many are working remotely as much as possible. If you need to visit the office in-person, prior arrangements will be needed. EH&S staff are happy to arrange Zoom meetings or conference calls with our WashU community as needed. 

  • The Emergency Management website is the best source of information during this time; please plan to check back often:  https://emergency.wustl.edu/
  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) website contains information for researchers during this time including EH&S’s guidance; please plan to check back often:  https://research.wustl.edu/covid19/
  • The Faculty Practice Plan (FPP) website contains information for clinical staff during this time including EH&S’s guidance; please plan to check back often:  https://fpp.wustl.edu/covid-19-information/
  • The EH&S (including Radiation Safety) main phone line, 314-362-6816, and email address, ehs@wustl.edu, are being monitored from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays, not including holidays. Please use these for general inquiries. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Washington University Police Department on the Danforth Campus at 314-935-5555, or the medical school Protective Services at 314-362-4357 and they will contact EH&S as needed.

Unwanted Material

EH&S is resuming routine collection of unwanted materials (chemicals), medical waste and radioactive waste. Segregate, properly store, label and secure these materials in your laboratory, clinic, shop or studio, and when ready, please send a Request for Pickup to EH&S. If there are safety concerns for prolonged storage of these materials in your work area, please contact EH&S at 314-602-8551 or email at isringhausenm@wustl.edu to arrange for a special collection.

Lab Inspections

  • Laboratory inspections are resuming in a limited manner as a safety check-in and will vary depending on the type and level of research activity. Please reach out to your EH&S Contact for ongoing questions or concerns related to the safety or compliance of your lab operations, or assistance with ramp-up planning. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
  • As laboratories ramp-up, they need to resume monthly safety eyewash, fire extinguisher and routine surveys.
  • Questions have been raised as to whether laboratory personnel will be allowed to eat or drink in their laboratories in designated areas, as some feel this is a safer alternative to social distancing and eating in break rooms, lounge areas in corridors, or outside locations.  At this time, for safety and regulatory compliance reasons, the Institutional Biological and Chemical Safety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee and EH&S are not allowing food or drink to be consumed in laboratory settings.

EH&S Training

  • Return to Campus research ramp-up training can be found here.
  • In-person training for large groups provided by EH&S including Laboratory Safety, Clinic Safety, Radiation Safety and Shipping Training has been suspended. Please note most training is available online via Learn@Work. Special arrangements can be made for individual training wherein effective distancing and infection prevention can be implemented.

IBC Protocol Review

  • At this time, we do not anticipate any changes to the IBC protocol review process. We will provide updates as necessary if this changes.

Contact EH&S at ehs@wustl.edu or 314.362.6816 with questions or concerns.

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