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.

Fireworks Safety for the Fourth

Each Fourth of July, many celebrate the holiday with barbeque, parties, boating, and generally having fun. It is, after all, a celebration of the country's independence. After the sun has set and the day's parties are winding down, another round of celebration cranks up by shooting off fireworks.

Enjoy the celebration of our country's independence but do so safely and responsibly. The misuse of fireworks account for a significant number of emergency room visits. Make sure you are around to see them this year and in the future.

View the Fireworks Safety Checklist

Lightning Safety Awareness Week

"What is the likelihood that I will be struck by lightning?" UAB Emergency Management is asked this question often.

The fact is that the annual per capita strike rate in the United States is around 1 in 600,000, and there are 7.7 casualties per million people per 100 million flashes. The odds are not great! However, this can vary depending on where you are, what the climate is like, and what your exposure happens to be. In Alabama, thunderstorms are more common than in areas along the Pacific coast so the chances of being struck are greater here than there.

Lightning does not make a thunderstorm severe. By definition, every thunderstorm has lightning in it. Lightning is one of the most dangerous aspects of a thunderstorm and can strike up to 10 miles away from the main area of the storm. If you can hear the thunder you are at risk of being struck by lightning. Because of this the National Weather Service has adopted the motto, "when thunder roars, go indoors". Remember to stay there for at least 30 after the last clap of thunder.

The National Weather Service provides educational information for each day of Lightening Safety Awareness Week:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=outreach_lightningmain

The following video provides an excellent source of information.

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) closely monitors what is and is not allowed into the sewers and surface waters. any UAB employee working with oil is required to complete training on Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). The ES001: Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) course is designed to teach those working with petroleum products and waste, how to:
  • Properly handle and store petroleum products
  • Properly dispose of waste in compliance with ADEM regulations
  • Respond to spills
  • Report spills to the appropriate entity

More information on SPCC training >>