Welcome back Students, Faculty and Staff,
EHS has been busy over the summer! The UA Chemical Hygiene Plan and the UA Biosafety Manual have been updated to better reflect current regulations and practices. The required training is being updated to include this information as well. You can find both of these on the EHS website, ehs.ua.edu.
We have several training courses that will be offered face to face this semester. Information about those is forthcoming – as they are scheduled, updates will be posted on the Lab Safety Calendar http://ehs.ua.edu/compliance/lab-safety-calendar/
We are working on the Lab Ventilation Management Program to be in compliance with current requirements for fume hood testing and training. Several courses for fume hood training have been scheduled for the fall semester. You can see the dates for these on the lab safety calendar. Please register to attend one of these classes if you will be working in a fume hood.
We would like to congratulate Marcy Huey for earning her RBP. RBP means Registered Biosafety Professional which is a certification earned by an individual with university education plus specialized training in relevant biological safety disciplines.
Please remember that chemical inspections are coming to a close. Also we are updating the fume hood and chemical safety training courses with changes in either delivery method or information. I will be offering face-to-face chemical safety training here at EHS however; the dates have not been confirmed at this time. I will post this info to the website once these dates and times are set in stone. Potentially the website will be a reference to see training times.
All sublicenses will expire at the end of August and the new ones are on the way. Also Annual Training is due in September.
We are currently working on updating the inventory records for Class 3B and Class 4 lasers. Please make sure EHS has your updated information regarding the usage or storage location of your laser or laser system. If you have a laser of any class that has never been registered, you can find the laser registration form on the EHS website at http://tinyurl.com/pomcpl9
Welcome back faculty, staff and students.
I hope that everyone had a great summer and more importantly you and your loved ones remained safe. As we enter into this academic year we return with a lot happening on the world front as it relates to biosafety. Between the Anthrax, Small Pox and now Ebola, we are reminded that our world is full of small things that can pose more of a threat than the daily risk we run just driving in traffic. That being said, I want to keep us reminded of some simple things that we can do to keep our labs safe and minimize our risk in research.
1. Remember to wash hands before leaving a lab space. Something so simple can save you a lot of discomfort later.
2. Dispose of gloves after biohazardous procedures and definitely after each use. Re-use of disposable gloves should not occur and is a violation of UA Biosafety Policy.
3. Make sure that lab doors are kept closed and locked (when lab staff is not present). The propping open of lab doors effects fume hoods and BSC’s reducing their effectiveness.
4. Flush eyewash stations weekly. This insures that they are functioning properly and helps to remove deposits that may build-up in the lines.
5. Wear closed toed shoes while in lab. We don’t want spills, fires or broken glass, but if research is happening these will always be possible.
6. Wear appropriate PPE. Consider the risk involved in each procedure and make sure that your PPE matches the hazard.
These are six simple practices that can save use a lot of heart ache in the long run.
Have a great semester and I hope you are successful in all your research goals this academic year. Remember EHS is always here to help; do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.