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Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne Pathogens Information for UVM Laboratory Employees

In Case of Exposure to Potentially Infectious Material, refer to this procedure .

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

The Exposure Control Plan (ECP) was created to assist UVM in implementing and ensuring compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Safety Data Sheet Information

Looking for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)?

We recommend that you first try the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. UVM has a site license for access to this database, which includes over 100,000 MSDS's, updated quarterly.

You can also check your chemical suppliers ’ websites for MSDS information:


Working Alone and High Hazard Work

In general, it is best to avoid working alone at a bench in a laboratory building. It is the laboratory supervisor's responsibility to be sure all laboratory workers are trained in the specific guidelines to minimize the chance of injury, loss of research materials or property damage from working alone.

Chemical Storage and Labeling

Proper Storage of Chemicals

Safe storage of your hazardous laboratory chemicals is dependent on 2 variables: 1) location and 2) the compatibility of the types of chemicals needing to be stored. Your goal is to make sure that chemical containers are stored in places where they aren’t likely to fall or break, but if they do all results will be relatively manageable.

Fume Hoods

Introduction to Chemical Fume Hoods

Chemical Fume Hoods, when used properly and kept in optimal working order, provide an important engineering control that protects users from inhalation of hazardous vapors and gases. Environmental Safety provides training and labeling to help people use fume hoods correctly. You can find the on line course at our

Train and Inform Lab Personnel

Supervisors are responsible for making sure that all personnel receive the appropriate safety training before entering the lab or whenever new procedures or hazards are introduced. Refresher training is best provided at regular intervals. Document any lab-specific training that is provided so it can be audited at any time.

Compressed Gases

Securing straps and/or chains should be 2/3 - 3/4 of the way up on every gas cylinder and tightened at all times so compressed gas tanks do not fall over.

Renovating, Relocating or Closing Your Lab

Are you installing new equipment ?

Laboratory Supervisor Responsibilities

Laboratory Supervisor

Laboratory Safety Officer (LSO)

Laboratory Safety Officer Meetings

Visiting Researchers and Students



Laboratory Supervisors and Lab Safety Officers play critical roles in maintaining a culture of safety at UVM. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against laboratory hazards. PPE should be considered only after Engineering and Administrative Controls have been examined.  In order for PPE to protect the user, it must be stored, maintained, and worn properly.  Since PPE can fail, those who wear it should be trained to understand its limitations.  

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