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 Hurricane Preparedness Week

As you kick off your summer the last thing that you are probably thinking is - hurricanes! The name alone strikes fear in the minds of many folks living along the Gulf coast.

However, even though Birmingham is 300 miles inland from the coast, we can still have very severe weather attributed to hurricanes. A group of scientists from Georgia Tech looked at tropical cyclones from 1920 to 2008 and found that there has been a 35 percent increase in storm sizes compared to the previous period of active storms which was 1948–1964. This has lead to a doubling of tornados produced per storm. Hurricane Katrina alone produced 58 observed tornados directly attributed to the storm!

As you start your summer, plan ahead for hurricane season.

2014 Laboratory Safety Workshop

The 2014 Laboratory Safety Workshop will be held June 26, 2014 8am-5pm
$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

National Safe Boating Week

Ahoy! It’s that time of year again when families will venture out on the water in boats.

Memorial day weekend is one of the busiest, and unfortunately, the most tragic boating weekends of the year. Each year people are injured or killed while boating. The cause can be inattention, boating while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or it could be due to lack of safe boating knowledge.

The link below provides some basic tips and information to get you in a boat and back home safe and sound. Anchors aweigh!

2014 Safe Boating Week