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.

2015 National Hurricane Preparedness Week

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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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2015 Laboratory Safety Workshop

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

2015 Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Collection

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Some materials collected in 2014
As part of UAB's Earth Week celebration, we are partnering with One Stop Environmental and Technical Knock Out to put on a Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Collection at the UAB Recycling Center located at 620 11th St. South.

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are common materials found in the home (cleaners, solvents, paint) that would be classified and regulated as hazardous waste if generated by industries (or colleges, hospitals and research labs). However, HHW is not subject to the same stringent rules as regular hazardous waste and much of it is improperly disposed of or allowed to build up to dangerous levels in homes.

UAB's collection event will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10 am - 2 pm. It is open only to UAB students, faculty and staff so bring your ID along with your waste. Take this opportunity to rid your home of these dangerous items.