The University of Iowa

Services during COVID-19 response

Is the Environmental Health and Safety Office still open?

EHS is implementing a remote workforce to the extent possible. Staff will continue to respond to phone and email questions/requests and process protocols and forms. Chemical, radioactive and biohazardous waste pick-ups will continue as well. Contact your safety advisor or other EHS staff, as needed. 

Will EHS continue conducting compliance reviews?

EHS has temporarily suspended lab and shop reviews that are not required by regulations; any required inspections will continue. Industrial hygiene requests and exposure monitoring for immediate health hazards will continue; monitoring for any research that will be postponed during the pandemic response will be rescheduled.  In instances where reviews continue, EHS staff will limit face-to-face interactions and will practice social distancing as much as possible.

Is EHS staff available for respirator fit testing?

All EHS staff and equipment are being used to fit test employees at the UI Hospital and Clinics.  UI employee fit tests should be scheduled through UEHC: Ph: 319-356-3631 or

What happened to the Pandemic Influenza Dust Mask - W451OS course?

This course is not applicable to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please take the course from this list that corresponds to the respirator you are using:

  • Respirator: Dust Mask - W141OS,
  • Respirator: PAPR Hood or Helmet - W139OS,
  • Respirator: PAPR Tight Fit Facepiece - W140OS, or
  • Respirator: Tight Fit Facepiece - W138OS.


Laboratory ramp down checklist