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.

NWS Flooding Terminology

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In light of the recent flooding events around our area, it is important to know the terminology the National Weather Service uses when they are referring to flooding.

When it comes to flooded roadways remember the saying "turn around, don't drown!"

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Household Hazardous Waste Event

As part of UAB's Earth Month celebration, we are partnering with One Stop Environmental to put on a Household Hazardous Waste event at the UAB Recycling Center located at 620 11th St. South.

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are common materials found in the home (cleaners, solvents, paint) that would be classified and regulated as hazardous waste if generated by industries (or colleges, hospitals and research labs). However, HHW is not subject to the same stringent rules as regular hazardous waste and much of it is improperly disposed of or allowed to build up to dangerous levels in homes.

UAB's HHW event will be held on April 11, 2014 between 10 am and 2 pm. It is open only to UAB students, faculty and staff so bring your ID along with your waste. Take this opportunity to rid your home of these dangerous items.

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Laser Safety

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The use of lasers is widespread in medicine, research and industry. Usage continues to increase with changes and development in technology and the fields of science. The Laser Safety Guide provides the requirements needed to implement University Policy. 

All personnel using lasers classed above 3a are required to comply with the requirements of the Laser Safety Guide. A combination of standards and laws provides hospital and university personnel with the information needed to properly develop and practice a comprehensive laser safety program.

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