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.

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

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flood & Flash Flood Safety

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This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and today's focus is on flooding & flash flooding.

Severe Weather Awareness Week continues today with a closer look at flood and flash flood safety. Alabama residents fall victim to these dangerous phenomena each year. General river flooding occurs when heavy rains and runoff fill river basins with too much water too quickly. Flash floods occur suddenly and usually within hours of excessive localized heavy rainfall. These flash floods can become raging torrents, ripping through neighborhoods, streets or valleys, destroying whatever is in their path.

When conditions look favorable for flash flooding, the National Weather Service will issue a flood watch, highlighting flash flood potential in and around the specified area, which usually covers several counties. This is the time to start thinking about your plan of action if water begins to rise or a flash flood warning is issued.

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