On the job | Scyler Li

September 11, 2019 |
A young woman wearing a lab coat and safety goggles stands in a University of Washington laboratory.

Promoting safe laboratory practices at the UW

Scyler Li is one of 26 DEOHS students who spent their summers in workplaces across the United States getting hands-on work experience.

 

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.