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UVM Written Respirator Program

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Care, Use, and Maintenance of Respirators


Before using any type of respirator, you must follow these steps.

Employees and students enrolled in the University's Respiratory Protection Program must be medically cleared, trained and fit tested before they use a respirator at the University of Vermont.


Respirator Program: how it works

1. Contact Risk Management & Safety for a Risk Assessment

Complete a Respirator Request Form. After the form has been received, Safety staff will contact you to perform the required risk assessment.

Respiratory Protection Program

Respirators are worn to protect the user from airborne hazards such as particulates (dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, smoke, sprays) and gases/vapors, when other controls are not available or adequate.  The use of respirators is regulated by OSHA through the Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) and the UVM Respiratory Protection Program. All respirator wearers must be medically cleared, fit tested, and trained before using a respirator. Supervisors and/or departments are responsible for purchasing respirators and cartridges.

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.  

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 BSL-2 Laboratories
(1.5 hours)

Full Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 02:00 PM
      Rowell 011)

 Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at 10:00 AM
      Rowell 011)

 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 02:00 PM
      Rowell 011)

 Wednesday, December 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM
      Rowell 011)

 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 02:00 PM
      Rowell 011)

Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers
(1.5 hours)

Full Thursday, November 09, 2017 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford 410)

 Thursday, December 07, 2017 at 10:00 AM
      Stafford 410)

Keeping Your Lab Safe
(1.5 hours)

Full Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at 01:00 PM
      Stafford 410)

Full Tuesday, December 05, 2017 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford 410)

Lab Safety Officer Meeting
(2 hours)

 Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at 09:00 AM
      Livak Ballroom, Dudley 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.


Sponsor packet info here.

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

Laboratory Safety Professional’s assignments:

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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