The UAB Department of Occupational Health & Safety's mission is to ensure that our customers have a safe workplace by providing them with the service and knowledge necessary to protect themselves, the UAB community, and the environment.
24mm Close Smile sunglasses 225x150
cc icon attribution small 2.0cc icon noncomm small-2.0cc icon attribution small 2.0image by Jonathan Clapper
Safety for our sight is an ongoing concern. Everyone, whether doing research, maintenance, healthcare, etc., should protect their eyes. An involuntary movement of the eye, a blink, is part of several reflexes that we use to protect our eyes. Something as simple as sunglasses can help ensure that your vision remains intact and your sight uncompromised. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.

Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. Prolonged exposure to sun can lead to a variety of ailments, including skin cancers or glaucoma. Sunglasses can also deter sand, dust and wind. They can sometimes also function as a visual aid.

If you enjoy spending time in the Alabama sun, you’ll be able to see through the glare when wearing a good pair of polarized sunglasses. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.

Reference: CDC
image of a glass of water
cc icon attribution small 2.0cc icon noncomm small-2.0image by Joost Nelissen
Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Temperatures are rising across the country and many cities are feeling the heat of 100 degrees or more. With the addition of humidity, some areas will begin to experience extreme heat. During extreme heat, it is important to stay cool.

Extreme heat causes more deaths than hurricanes, tornados, floods and earthquakes combined. Heat related illnesses occur when the body is not able to compensate and properly cool itself. The great news is extreme heat is preventable by following a few tips:

OHS has recently updated the Lab Closeout Procedures.

All labs must be "closed out" as part of the process for either leaving UAB or moving the laboratory to a new locaiton. This relatively straightforward process is designed to prevent chemicals from being left behind and waste materials or biological components from potentially endangering those who may come into the lab for renovation work.

Once you have a move date scheduled, you can download and start to complete the lab closeout and decommissioning checklist. Once this checklist is complete, contact OHS to set up a time convenient to have the lab decommissioned and closed out.

Safety release tags should be placed on equipment and the equipment moved prior to the closeout.

The lab should be completely empty at the time of the closeout unless previous arrangements have been made with OHS, Department Chairs, and other Principal Investigators intending to reoccupy the space.