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.

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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National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Know your risk. Take action. Be an example.

In 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought/heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014, NOAA and FEMA will highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes.

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Workplace Eye Wellness Month

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Proper eye protection is essential to reducing eye injuries. It only takes a small particle, piece of dust or metal, or a chemical splash to permanently damage an eye.

Remember to wear proper safety glasses, goggles or face shields. Follow the guidelines your employer provides or that are provided with the tools or materials you're using.

National Safety Council: Protecting Your Eyes from Injury