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LabCliQ Tutorial

LabcliQ (created by Safety Stratus) is the online database used to document lab inspections conducted by UVM Risk Management & Safety. Your lab inspections can be found online by logging into

After a lab audit has been conducted in your lab, you must login to respond to the audit. When you login , you mat do any of the following:

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. 

Laboratory Microwave Ovens

Household appliances are not designed to withstand the hazardous materials utilized in a lab nor the processes in which they are utilized. Household microwaves should not be used in a laboratory.

Microwave ovens are used for heating and defrosting in laboratories. However, improper use of a microwave can pose a number of hazards including:

Hot Plate Safety

Read the recent survey conducted about the hazards of hotplates.

This survey collected information from research institutions that have experienced electrical and electronic hot plate malfunctions that may or may not have resulted in equipment and facility damages. 

Ovens, Dryers, and Washers

Laboratory dryers, ovens, and washers are used for the washing and drying of glassware and plastic and for removing water or other solvents from chemical samples.


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