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

Building-Specific Safety Features

Laboratory buildings vary widely across campus. It is essential for laboratory faculty, staff and students to understand the unique safety features of the building in which they work in order to prepare for an unexpected emergency.  Features to become familiar with may include emergency equipment such as:

  • Location of fire alarm pull stations 
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Sprinklers
  • Eyewash, drench hose and/or emergency shower units

 

Fume Hood Operations

Fume Hood Operations

The chemical fume hood "tell-tale" indicates air is being drawn through the hood's sash opening at the proper speed.

Personal Listening Devices in the Laboratory

 

All lab workers should be as alert as possible to a potential unusual situation or emergency.  Therefore the following guidelines apply:

  • Personal listening devices that require the use of two earplugs are NOT recommended in the laboratory.

 

Building-Specific Safety Features

Laboratory buildings vary widely across our campus and it is important for laboratory staff to understand each building's unique features. Standardized features across all lab buildings include:

  • Fire alarm pull stations 
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Eyewash, drench hose and/or safety shower units

 

Chemical Spill Kit

The Chemical Spill Kit is distributed by Environmental Health and Safety and contains two absorbent gray pads, as well as nitrile gloves, Ziploc bags, waste tags and instructions for use. The kit must be kept full and in clear view at all times, and all laboratory workers must be trained in its proper use.

Emergency Contact Door Sign

Emergency contact names and phone numbers should be updated regularly and posted on the outside of every UVM laboratory door.

UVM Physical plant personnel or emergency responders will refer to this signage when they are trying to contact appropriate lab personnel during an emergency.

Eyewashes, Drench Hoses and Emergency Showers

Eyewash stations and emergency showers should be inspected and flushed monthly to ensure proper working order.

Purchase Chemicals/Supplies

Save Money and Reduce Chemical Use by using up chemcials from exisitng stocks within your lab or from nearby labs before purchasing new.

Pollution Prevention and Environmental Sustainability

                          

Pollution Prevention and Environmental Sustainability

Pollution prevention is an important part of Laboratory Saf

Safety Documentation

UVM Lab Safety Notebook 

Every UVM laboratory is required to document safety information. Create a Laboratory Safety Notebook with, at a minimum, the sections itemized below. 

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