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.

Preparations for Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives.

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Stop. Think. Connect.

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Cyberspace is a shared resource, and its security is the responsibility of all American citizens, businesses, groups and governmental agencies. Cyber security begins with the awareness of our individual internet usage habits and changing them to practices that can help safeguard our digital lives.

Remember to:


STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family's.

CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you've taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.


UAB's New Chemical Inventory System

In early April 2014, UAB Occupational Health and Safety started implementing the new Chemical Inventory System that is going to be campus and hospital wide. Projected completion of the chemical inventory is April 2016. The chemical inventory system is not only meant to help make UAB a safer environment for faculty, staff, and students, but also for first responders in cases of emergency.

The system, itself, is a web-based interface that will allow researchers, laboratory staff and other chemical users to track chemicals on-hand, will aid OH&S with regulatory agency reporting, and will provide emergency responders with accurate information on the chemical hazards present within an area should an incident occur. This is done by barcoding chemicals and inputting them into the chemical inventory system.