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Jeffords Hall

 

Storage Limit for Flammable Liquid

There is a 5-gallon limit on the storage of flammable liquids in each Jeffords building laboratory, based on fire code restrictions for a building of this construction. For this reason, observing this limit is essential to the safety of all occupants and visitors. Always order flammable chemicals with the limit in mind.

 

Delehanty

 

Neutralization Tank

Colchester Research Facility

 

Fume Hood Proximity Sensors

Biowaste Management

Introduction

Biohazardous and infectious (or potentially infectious) agents are routinely handled and manipulated in biomedical and animal laboratories. Biohazards include human samples and tissue cultures, bacteria, viruses, prions, parasites, toxins, recombinant DNA (rDNA) - which is used in expression vectors such as plasmids, infected or transfected/transduced cells, infected human or animal tissues, transgenic animals, and any material contaminated with a biohazardous agent.

Use of UV lamps in Biosafety Cabinets at UVM

Use of UV lamps in Biosafety Cabinets at UVM

Frequently Asked Questions - Hazardous Waste

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How should I dispose of laboratory waste (such as empty well plates and Eppendorf pipette tips) that have not come into contact with any hazardous materials?

Biological Safety Cabinet Training

BSC training is compulsory for researchers working in laboratories with a minimum biosafety level BSL2. Online training is available at: http://esf.uvm.edu/courses/  Please, log in with your net ID and password and take the online training "Safe Use of Biosafety Cabinets".

BSC Certification Failure

If your cabinet has failed the certification, it means that it is not performing as it should. This may compromise the quality of your work (e.g, contaminated cells) or expose you and the environment to aerosols from infectious agents (e.g., exhaust filter damaged). You should not resume work within the BSC until it is repaired and passes the certification. Contact Environmental Safety at safety@uvm.edu if you have any question or concern.

Contamination Problems in the BSC

Most BSCs (except Class I) are equipped with HEPA filters that supply clean air to the working area. If the supply filter is damaged or leaks, dirty air may be supplied to the BSC, contaminating the area. Schedule a certification with a specialized technician to check the performance of your BSC.

Biological Safety Cabinets and Clean Benches

While all types of biological safety cabinets protect personnel and the environment from exposure to contaminants within the cabinet, clean benches do not. In clean benches, contaminated air is directly blown towards the user and surrounding environment. For this purpose, clean benches should only be used to conduct work that requires sterile conditions (such as preparing sterile solutions) but that does not involve manipulation of biohazards, chemical hazards or radioactivity. 

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