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Safe Handling of Glassware

Laboratory glassware is specifically designed for scientific work.  However, by design it is also fragile and can easily break and cause injuries in the process.  There have been many lab accidents at UVM involving the handling of glassware in the lab.

laboratory glassware

Evaluate and Control The Hazards

After identifying the hazards in your lab, the next step is to properly evaluate and control the hazards. Be sure to check if your lab building has specific emergency safety features.

Hazards of Ultraviolet Radiation

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is electromagnetic energy with a wavelength just shorter than that of visible light. UV energy stimulates vitamin D production in our bodies and is a treatment for psoriasis, but can also cause skin cancer, sunburns and cataracts.

Hazardous Materials Shipping at UVM

 

Risk Management and Safety provides services to assure hazardous materials are shipped by air, land or sea, in accordance with all regulatory requirements. Hazardous materials may include:

  • dangerous goods  (flammable, corrosive, reactive, toxic substances)
  • biological materials
  • samples in dry ice 

 

If you have a question about whether a substance or item you are trying to ship is a hazardous material or dangerous good, contact Safety staff at safety@uvm.edu

Terrill Hall

Emergency Purge Button

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Each lab in Terrill has a red emergency purge button. This lab-specific feature was designed into Terrill building to help increase ventilation in case of a chemical spill in the laboratory. It also allows for reduced levels of energy usage during regular working hours.

Carrigan Wing of Marsh Life Science

 

Chemical Fume Hood Restrictions in Carrigan

The fume hood exhaust ducts contain heat exchangers. None of the fume hoods in Carrigan WIng can support acid digestions. Please do not heat acids in these hoods.

Marsh Life Science

Fume Hood

Marsh Life Science has Variable Air Volume (VAV) hoods. This means that as the fume hood sash is lifted, an air velocity sensor within the fume hood detects the change in air velocity and the air control valves modulate. This allows the air velocity to be maintained at 100 feet per minute (fpm) at the face of the fume hood.

Stafford Hall

Fume Hood Controls

Jeffords Hall

 

Storage Limit for Flammable Liquids 

There is a 5-gallon limit on the storage of flammable liquids in each Jeffords building laboratory. This limit is based on fire code restrictions for a building of this type of construction.

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