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.

Fight the Bite

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As we enjoy the outdoors, it's important to remember to protect ourselves from mosquitoes and ticks that may spread the viruses or bacteria that cause serious illness such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Fortunately, we can all take steps such as:
  • use an effective insect repellent on skin and clothing
  • wear long sleeves and long pants (when it's not too hot)
  • take care of our yards to get rid of standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs
  • reduce brush, tall grasses, leaf litter, and harborage where ticks may like to hang out
OH&S Safety Short: Fight the Bite

Hurricane Preparedness

During the hurricane season, our concern in the Birmingham area is not storm surge but rather the effects of tornadoes as they make landfall.

Each year as hurricanes impact the coastal communities directly with storm surge, flooding, and high winds, inland communities such as Birmingham and surrounding areas face spin-off tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, lightning, and flooding. People are killed and lives are changed forever due to the effects of hurricanes on inland communities.

Hurricanes can create a situation whereby your power is cut off and drinking water contaminated. They can also create a scenario that would force you to evacuate your home and community. Emergency workers may not be able to access your community if it were to be impacted by the effects of hurricanes.

Are you prepared for these types of stressful events? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has prepared a list of tips to help people prepare for hurricanes and aid in their awareness. The same information can be used to prepare for other emergency response events.

NOAA: Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready

Your house is clean, but is it safe?

Be smart about using, storing, and disposing household products.

According to the EPA, the average home can have as much as 100 pounds of environmentally harmful products stored in various areas.

Always:
  • Read the label
  • Keep products in original containers & stored safely away from children and pets
  • Dispose of household products safely
  • Try alternative products when available
Never:
  • Pour harmful household products down a sink, toilet, or bathtub drain unless they're made for that purpose
  • Pour products like used oil or bug killer on the ground or into storm drains
  • Store leftover products in food or beverage containers
For more helpful tips, visit the EPA's Household Hazardous Waste page and their household products brochure.