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.

UAB is prohibiting the use, storage and charging of all hands-free, self-balancing scooters, also referred to as hoverboards, because of safety concerns raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the potential for fall-related injuries. This notice, effective immediately, will be subject to modification after campus officials review and discuss the findings and recommendations of the CPSC investigation.

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Dec 1st marks the beginning of meteorological winter. Even though we may live in the Southeast where it gets pretty hot and humid in the summer (or even the spring and fall), we also experience bitter cold and snowy/icy travel conditions at times during the winter. NOW is the time to be prepared for the hazardous weather winter may bring!

Check out the NWS's Winter Safety website for a one-stop-shop of winter safety information.

You can also visit the Birmingham NWS Winter Weather Awareness website for more specific winter product information for Central Alabama.
Are You Prepared?

Ice, snow, sleet, frost, and extreme cold temperatures have been a threat to Alabama during the past few years and will continue to cause significant issues in the future. The ice event, commonly referred to as “snowmageddon,” in January 2014 underscored the need for personal preparedness plans and supplies. Many people were stranded at work or in their cars or had to walk long distances to get to safety. Most were caught unprepared, without warm clothes and shoes, emergency supplies and medication.

It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” extreme winter weather will affect Birmingham again. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are forecasting increased moisture and below-average temperatures for the Southeast. Now is the time to plan and prepare. The checklists below will help guide you with some suggestions on necessary supplies. Are You Prepared?

Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist