On the job | Scyler Li
Promoting safe laboratory practices at the UW
Editor’s note: This is the final installment of our "On the Job" series featuring stories about the summer internship experiences of students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
Scyler Li, BS, Environmental Health
Intern with: Environmental Health & Safety Department, University of Washington
I have enjoyed the opportunity to work independently and manage my own schedule this summer as an intern with the laboratory safety section of the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department at the University of Washington.
As part of my work on a project focusing on tools for lab safety, I have visited more than 500 labs on campus!
During my visits, I am responsible for delivering safety products such as gloves, glass disposal boxes, face shields and chemical aprons.
I also review lab caution signs for the EH&S lab safety award program and take photos for the department’s Lab Safety Dashboard, which allows lab personnel to see and compare safety ratings based on recent inspections.
In addition, I assist my EH&S colleagues in laboratory safety inspections on campus—a great opportunity to learn about the application of health and safety in lab settings and get a sneak peek into some of the cutting-edge research happening here.
This internship has definitely prepared me for my future career and taught me valuable communication skills for the workplace.