Content that belongs in Safety in Laboratories section (safety/lab)

Laboratory Freezers

Research freezers and refrigerators are critical to supporting research at UVM. Any loss of temperature control can damage research materials, sometimes delaying or even ending a research project and jeopardizing your research funding.  

Proper use and preventive maintenance is important to keep your unit functioning properly and to protect your research materials.

Preventive Maintenance

Defrosting Your Ultra Low Temperature Freezer

Preparing for Trouble

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 or procedure. This Laboratory Safety Plan provides tools and guidance to UVM researchers in making these considerations.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Specific Hazards

Certain agents and processes present extreme hazards. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) should be written for these agents and processes instead of filling out a Chemical Use and Planning Form.  A hazard assessment must be completed in order to properly develop an SOP. Below is information about some high-hazard agents and processes, links to additional information on the hazards, and control measures to reduce your risks.

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 illegal and dangerous. Keeping ordinary trash out of the hazardous waste management streams helps to minimize the amount of hazardous waste generated at UVM, promotes the proper disposal of all waste streams generated in the laboratory, and reduces unnecessary expense.  

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 Man

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 moving parts or open flames, long hair must be pulled back. Pulling back long hair will also help to protect against exposure to hazardous materials. Do not tough your face or hair while wearing lab gloves.


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. 

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