6-1 Biosafety cabinets are turned off after work is completed and the cabinet has been disinfected.
Turning off the biosafety cabinet when not in use saves energy by reducing electrical power needs and decreases the need for cooling of the laboratory due to the elimination of heat load generated from the biosafety cabinet.
6-2. Biosafety cabinet lightbulbs are properly disposed of when burned out.
These lightbulbs contain mercury and need to be disposed of as hazardous waste. Usually Physical Plant Department will remove the old burned out bulb, replace it with a new one, and properly dispose of the old bulbs.
1) Sink disposal of any laboratory chemical solution has prior ES approval and the approval form is filed in the Lab Safety Notebook.
2) Trash is free of all laboratory chemicals.
3) Fume hood sash is kept closed when not in use.
- For many styles of chemical fume hoods this can create a significant cost savings as well as reducing green house gas emissions. The reason is that heated and cooled air that is drawn out through an open sash must be replaced with 100% fresh air in a laboratory building. Since laboratories have between 6-10 air changes per hour, it is costly to heat or cool this air that is essentially only in your lab for 6-10 minutes.
- Keep the sash COMPLETELY closed.
- Run electric cords under the foil if you can.
4) Lab Equipment and lights are turned off when possible.
- This reduces the green house gas emissions that result from generation of electricity for the huge amount of electrical equipment needed in labs.
5) Energy Star appliances are considered when buying new or replacing old units.
- Where Energy Star appliances exist for your application they can result in lower electric bills and less green house gas emissions. See http://www.energystar.gov/.
6) Problems with building systems are promptly reported to the Physical Plant Department using the FAMIS work order system. Critical needs are reported by phone to Service Operations at 656-2560; select 1 to speak to an operator.
- To submit a work order in the FAMIS system go to http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppd/?Page=Online_Forms/default.html
- There is always an option to speak to a live operator 24/7. During regular daytime hours the call goes to Service Operations staff at 284 East Avenue. After hours the call goes to the Central Heating Plant staff.