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.

When thunder roars, go indoors!With thunderstorms, comes lightning. It's brilliance is fascinating to watch, but it can be deadly. 

Since lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the main area of the storm, it's important to remember the National Weather Service motto:

"When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"

The National Weather Service provides educational information about lightning safety at

The following video is an excellent source of lightning safety information.

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Hurricane Rita - image by NASA/GSFC
It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes from these storms. The National Hurricane Center issues watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather.

The primary hazards from hurricanes are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents. While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depressions can also be devastating. Flooding from heavy rains can cause extensive damage and loss of life. For example, Tropical Storm Allison produced more than 40 inches of rain in the Houston area in 2001, causing about $5 billion in damage and taking the lives of 41 people.

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The 2015 Laboratory Safety Workshop will be held June 23, 2015, 8am-4pm
$25 Registration Fee

This is a hands-on, interactive course designed to offer principal investigators, laboratory managers, and research laboratory staff a chance to learn and demonstrate key safety procedures associated with successful laboratory operation.

Learn about the workshop & sign up