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.

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. logoSeptember is National Preparedness Month. We want to encourage you to make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.

Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. 

Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

For more information:
CDC: Emergency Preparedness
America's PerpareAthon!

2015 ACUSP Conference

The Department of Occupational Health and Safety at UAB is hosting the 2015 Alabama College and University Safety Professionals Conference this year on August 12th.

The conference is an annual event providing an opportunity for environmental, health, safety, emergency and risk management professionals at public and private institutions of higher education across the state to get together and discuss issues of common interest and concern.

For more information, contact David Hagan at 205-934-8576.

Fight the Bite: Avoiding Vector-Borne Disease

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As we enjoy the outdoors, it's important to remember to protect ourselves from mosquitoes and ticks that may spread the viruses or bacteria that cause serious illness such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or chikungunya.

Along with the continued risk of contracting diseases already established in the U.S., newly-identified vector-borne diseases and expanding geographical regions of transmission highlight the importance of protecting yourself, whether you travel into your backyard or abroad.

Fortunately, we can all take steps such as:
  • use an effective insect repellent on skin and clothing
  • wear long sleeves and long pants (when it's not too hot)
  • take care of our yards to get rid of standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs
  • reduce brush, tall grasses, leaf litter, and harborage where ticks may like to hang out
Specific types of viruses and bacteria transmitted in this manner are described on the CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases website.

The CDC also provides educational information on approved repellents and other methods for preventing tick and mosquito bites.

OH&S Safety Short: Fight the Bite