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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 campus laboratory is required to document safety information. Create a Laboratory Safety Notebook with, at a minimum, the following 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.

The Online Laboratory Registry enables labs to provide emergency contact information and information about laboratory hazards to emergency responders. This is critical information for: 

Cryogen Training


Training of Personnel Using Cryogenic Fluids

All personnel working with cryogenic fluids must be thoroughly familiar with the hazards. Employees who have not worked with cryogenic fluids and systems must be trained on the job by experienced employees until thoroughly familiar with safe methods of operation. A buddy system is recommended when working with or around cryogenic liquids.

The safety training should address:

• The physical, chemical and physiological hazards associated with cryogenic fluids

Dispensing Cryogens

A liquid nitrogen burn causes the death of living tissue by extreme cold. 

Watch a video about how to fill a hand dewar with liquid nitrogen safely.

Safe Dispensing of Liquid Nitrogen

1. Under no circumstances should you leave the area while filling a dewar.

2. Put on protective clothing.

Handling Cryogens

Handling Cryogens Safely

The hazards associated with the handling of cryogenic fluids include cold contact burns and freezing. This happens when skin comes in contact with cold liquid, gas or surface.


Laboratory Emergency Response

In An Emergency...   

Get yourself to a safe location and call UVM Police by dialing 911.

You can also reach UVM Police by dialing 656-FIRE (6-3473).

If you call 911 from a cell phone, you will reach the Williston State Police Barracks. You must then identify yourself as being at University of Vermont.  They will patch in UVM Police while you state your emergency.

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