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Safety in Laboratories

At UVM, over 500 teaching and research laboratories use a wide variety of hazardous materials in the course of their work. While these materials may be present in small quantities, they can present a significant hazard to laboratory workers, their neighbors in the building, and the environment in general if improperly managed.

For these reasons, Risk Management & Safety partners with UVM's laboratory workers to support the safe and healthy use of these materials. We do this by providing safety trainings, chemical and biological waste disposal, emergency response services, and laboratory oversight through auditing.

Our work is guided by four specific values. These are, in priority order:

SAFETY: The safety of UVM's laboratory workers, their co-workers, and the staff who support their work, including facility maintenance workers and emergency responders, are the top priority in environmental safety considerations.

COMPLIANCE: Compliance with government regulations is a legal requirement and supports protection of the laboratory environment as well as social acceptance for laboratory work on campus.

LABORATORY PRODUCTIVITY: Environmental Safety staff works to find ways to help laboratory workers do their job as efficiently as possible within safety and compliance constraints.

EDUCATION: We support UVM's academic mission by educating the UVM community about laboratory health and safety practices. In addition to participating in academic classes, we provide training to UVM's laboratory workers.

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Installing new equipment ? Need to make a lab or building modification?

Contact the UVM personnel below to ensure compliance with all appropriate building and fire codes.

Contact UVM Facilities Design and Construction (FD & C) before expanding or changing a current UVM (lab or non-lab) space. Without notifying FD & C, you may upset heating, ventilating and electrical systems in other parts of the building. Deans and directors are responsible for reviewing and prioritizing projects within their colleges and units and, in turn, submitting project request proposals. Always submit a Project Request form on the FD & C website.

Contact Physical Plant Department (PPD) by submitting a Famis Work Order before installing any large pieces of lab equipment. PPD can provide you with estimates for the services that they can provide and help to coordinate contractors. Making changes to your lab without notifying PPD can cause disruptions to utilities in other parts of the building. PPD can also help you make safe choices about building materials.