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UVM Written Respirator Program

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Respirator Program: how it works

1. Complete a Respirator Request Form

This form should be completed by the employee and/or the employee's supervisor.

A hazard/risk assessment is required to be conducted by Risk Management & Safety (RM&S) and/or UVM Training & Compliance (TCO) staff. After a risk assessment has been completed, an Approval for Respirator Use form will be returned to the employee and supervisor.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against laboratory hazards. PPE should be considered only after Engineering and Administrative Controls have been examined.  In order for PPE to protect the user, it must be stored, maintained, and worn properly.  Since PPE can fail, those who wear it should be trained to understand its limitations.  

Respirator Request Form

Completing the Respirator Request Form is the initial step in the process to obtain a respirator. All employees who are required, or elect, to wear respiratory protection as part of their work with the University of Vermont must complete the form. This includes individuals who voluntarily wear disposable respirators (dust masks).

It is the responsibility of Supervisors and Principal Investigators (P.I.'s) to ensure that all of their employees in the program have received a medical evaluation, and receive training and fit testing, at no cost to the employee.

Class Signup

Safety Class Signup

Step 1. Tell us who you are

If you are a UVM affiliate, enter your netID here. Please use jdoe, not john.doe:

If you are NOT a UVM affliate, enter your full name here:
and your email address here:

Select the sessions below you want to attend. You may sign up for as many as you like. For reference, you'll find course descriptions at the bottom of this page.

Step 2. Which class do you want to attend?

Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level
(1.5 hours)

 Friday, October 23, 2015 at 09:30 AM
      Stafford 410)

Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level
(1.5 hours)

 Friday, September 18, 2015 at 09:30 AM
      Stafford 410)

 Friday, November 13, 2015 at 09:30 AM
      Stafford 410)

 Friday, December 11, 2015 at 09:30 AM
      Stafford 410)

Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers
(1.5 hours)

 Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 01:00 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford Builidng, Room 410)

 Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 01:00 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

Keeping Your Lab Safe
(1.5 hours)

 Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 01:00 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Tuesday, October 06, 2015 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Thursday, November 05, 2015 at 01:00 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

Lab Safety Officer Meeting
(2 hours)

 Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 01:00 PM
      Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center)

Step 3. Click here to sign-up

You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration.

Course Descriptions

Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers

This class is required for all UVM laboratory workers who work in UVM labs for 3 months or more. It describes how to identify, assess and respond to emergency situations in the laboratory.

Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment course

This course is approximately 1.5 hrs long. The first half of the class consists of a review of the biosafety page of the 2010 monthly self-inspection cards and most prominent biosafety related issues found in BSL-2 containment laboratories on the UVM campus. The second half of the course is dedicated to a group biological risk assessment scenario.

Course Pre-requisites

Students are expected to have completed the following Environmental Safety on-line trainings:

1) Basic laboratory biosafety 2) Safe use of biosafety cabinets 3) Biowaste management procedures and 4) Safety around bloodborne pathogens.

Students will also be expected to have a familiarity with the UVM monthly laboratory self-inspection card set.

Keeping Your Lab Safe

This course reviews the best laboratory safety practices outlined in the UVM laboratory self inspection card and provides tips and tricks for making part of your everyday lab work.


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General Information

The content of the general safety page is intended to offer tools and guidance for implementation of safety program elements that may be needed in a wide variety of working and learning environments across campus.

Contact Information

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UVM's Hazardous Waste Facility

UVM Environmental Safety Facility

The offices of the University's Environmental Health and Safety staff are located in two locations: at the Environmental Safety Facility (ESF) in the BioResearch Center complex off Spear St,and on main campus at 284 East Ave. The ESF has a "Part B" permit from the state which allows storage of hazardous waste there for up to a year. This allows the University to take advantage of more cost-effective methods of waste disposal and provide better chemical safety services to the employees.

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