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

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. 

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.

Register Your Laboratory

Those already familiar with this process should go directly to the online chemical inventory page.

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