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Guide for Supervisors

As a lab supervisor, you have a responsibility to maintain a safe and productive lab, and manage liability as an employer. The best way to do this is to participate fully in the UVM Lab Safety Plan and document your participation. There are four basic components of this participation: leadership, delegation, administration and follow-up. We have compiled a list of general guidelines to follow for each of these areas.

Leadership:

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

 

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

 

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 chemicals 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 create a Laboratory Safety Notebook with, at a minimum, the sections itemized below. Keep information in the lab notebook current. 

Glove and Lab Coat Use in Common Areas

Glove and Lab Coat Use

Lab coats should be worn when there is the potential for a hazardous material -- either liquid or particulate -- to contaminate clothing or skin. A fire-retardant lab coat will also temporarily protect the wearer from flash and fire hazards.

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