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Laboratory Safety Plan


University of Vermont Laboratory Safety Plan

Purpose & Scope

In order to perform their work in a prudent manner, laboratory personnel must consider the health, physical, and environmental hazards of the chemicals they plan to use in an experiment. This Laboratory Safety Plan provides tools and guidance to UVM researchers in making these considerations.

LabCliQ Tutorial

Now that a lab inspection has been completed for your lab, it's time to view the reports and certify when corrective actions have been completed. LabCliQ is the online site that we use to record all inspections/audits. To learn how to login and how to certify corrective actions, follow the tutorials below.

How to login:


How to certify corrective actions have been completed:


Refrigerator Explosion

Flammable Liquids and Domestic Refrigerators:
An Explosive Combination.


Uncontaminated Laboratory Waste


Disposing of hazardous laboratory wastes through ordinary trash is prohibited. Keeping hazardous laboratory wastes and ordinary trash separate helps minimize the amount of hazardous waste generated at UVM, and promotes the proper disposal of all waste streams generated in the laboratory.

Waste Management

All laboratory personnel are responsible for ensuring that hazardous and non-hazardous laboratory wastes are disposed of in the proper wastestream.  Waste management solutions include pollution prevention; toxics use reduction; reuse or redistribution of unwanted materials; treatment or recycling of materials; and disposal.  Waste disposal is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation according to UVM's Environmental Management Plan for Laboratories.

Chemical Hazards

Identifying the Chemical Hazards

The hazard associated with a chemical depends on:

  • what the specific chemical is
  • what chemical(s) it is mixed with, if any, and
  • the relative proportion of the chemical, if it is in a mixture or solution.

Always consider not only what the chemical is, but what concentration you are using when evaluating the hazard.  This is important when reviewing chemical safety reference information such as technical data sheet or Safety Data Sheet (SDS). 

Head Protection

Head Protection

When working with any rotating parts or open flames, long hair must be pulled back.

Pulling back long hair will also help to protect against exposure to hazardous materials.

Protective helmets are required when working in areas where there is a potential head injury from falling objects or low hanging obstacles. 

Anesthetic Gas Use

Halogenated anesthetics, such as isoflurane, are used as an animal anesthetic. These anesthetics are effected for the most part free of adverse effects on the animals to which they are administered. 

Laboratory Microwave Ovens

Household appliances are not designed to withstand the hazardous materials utilized in a lab nor the processes in which they are utilized. Household microwaves should not be used in a laboratory.

Microwave ovens are used for heating and defrosting in laboratories. However, improper use of a microwave can pose a number of hazards including:

Hot Plate Safety

Household appliances are not designed to withstand the hazardous materials utilized in a lab nor the processes in which they are utilized. Household hot plates should never be used in a laboratory.

Hot plates are normally used for heating solutions to 100 C or above when steam baths cannot be used. New hot plates should be designed in a way that avoids electrical sparks and other interlock features. Hot/stirrer plates have an additional risk when operators turn on the wrong feature.

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