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Stafford Hall

Fume Hood Controls

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.




Neutralization Tank

Colchester Research Facility


Fume Hood Proximity Sensors

Biowaste Management


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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Biological Safety Cabinet Training

BSC training is compulsory for researchers working in laboratories with a minimum biosafety level BSL2. Online training is available at:  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 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.

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