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

Train and Inform Lab Personnel

When Is Safety Training required?

Training is required to ensure that all lab employees are informed about the hazards with which they work. This may including  chemical, biological, radiological and physical hazards as well as waste management procedu

Compressed Gases

Compressed gases have the potential for creating hazardous working environments when not handled properly. This is potential for injuries or accidents to occur.

Injuries from mishandling gases may include the following:

Renovating, Relocating or Closing Your Lab

Renovating, Relocating or Closing Your Lab 

There are times when researchers relinquish control of their lab spaces to contractors, maintenance personnel or new researchers.

Laboratory Supervisor Responsibilities

UVM strives to promote research productivity and excellence in education. Laboratory Supervisors and Lab Safety Officers play a critical role in creating and maintaining a safety culture at UVM while ensuring their activities remain in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations. 

Laboratory Supervisor Responsibilities

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.  


Incident Reporting

UVM encourages the reporting of all injuries and near misses in the workplace. This helps the Risk Management department to follow up with injured persons swiftly and to ensure that proper medical care has been received. Reporting also helps to prevent similar accidents from taking place in the future. 

Protocols for employees (those who receive a UVM paycheck) versus students (those who do not receive a paycheck) or non UVM affilliates differ slightly. Please review and familiarize yourself with the information below before an incident occurs.

Nano Materials

Nanotechnology is the science and technology of precisely manipulating the structure of matter at the molecular level.


Cryogenic Liquids: An Overview

A cryogenic liquid is defined as a liquid with a normal boiling point below -240°F (-150°C, 123°K). The most commonly used industrial gases that are transported, handled, and stored in the liquid state at cryogenic temperatures are argon, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen.

Sustainability and Pollution Prevention

Risk Management and Safety works closely with the UVM Office of Sustainability and UVM Recycling and Waste Management to help meet UVM's overall sustainability goals. Research and teaching labs can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowering electricity usage and recycling overall.

Prepare for Emergencies

Respond to An Emergency

Prepare For An Emergency

Be prepared for an emergency by reviewing safety policies and procedures regularly. Have a plan BEFORE the emergency.

Lab workers must determine if an emergency is occurring in their area. Contact UVM Police i(802-656-3473 (FIRE) f you need advice or are uncertain who to call.

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