How do I dispose of broken glass? If the broken glass IS contaminated with biologicals then it must be disposed of as a sharp in a sharps container. If the broken glass is NOT contaminated with biologicals then place the glass in a heavy cardboard box, tape it securely and label the outside of the box “broken glass”. Place the box for regular trash pickup via Environmental Services. To the top ^
Who picks up sharps containers? All medical waste is managed by Stericycle. If you have pick-up questions contact Mark Mixon with Stericycle at 404-362-9313. If you are not sure what should be disposed of as a sharp you can contact OH&S at 934-9181. To the top ^
Where do I get refills for the hand sanitizer stands placed by OH&S? Environmental Services has access to the hand sanitizer stand refills. Contact the appropriate supervisor for your building and request refills. To the top ^
May I get a flu shot from UAB OH&S Occupational Medicine if I am not enrolled in the program? Currently, flu shots are given through OH&S Occupational Medicine to Campus Employees whose work would warrant vaccination. Since this is determined by enrollment in the Employee Health Program, enrollment is required. To the top ^
How often should I update my enrollment in the UAB OH&S Occupational Medicine Program? Enrollment must be updated at least every two years. Additionally, an enrollment update is required if you change jobs or your work exposures change. To the top ^
How soon after my hire date do I have to take the Defensive Driving Training class? New employees that drive a UAB vehicle as part of their job should take the Defensive Driving Class within 90 days of employment and every three years after that. You must register for Defensive Driving Training – OHS DDC4 through the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. To the top ^
Am I allowed to drive a UAB vehicle if I have not taken the Defensive Driving Training class? You may drive UAB sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs for the 90-day grace period after employment, but it is recommended that you complete the Defensive Driving class as soon as possible. You may NOT drive a 15-passenger van until you complete the 15 Passenger Van Safety training course. You must register for Defensive Driving Training – OHS DDC4 through the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. To the top ^
Why would I need 15 Passenger Van Safety training if I do not drive a 15-passenger van? While driving a mini van or standard van does not strictly require the 15 Passenger Van Safety – OHS NSC15 course, it is recommended that anyone transporting passengers in vans complete the course. You must register for 15 Passenger Van Safety – OHS NSC15 through the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. To the top ^
How often should I take the Defensive Driving training class? New employees that drive a UAB vehicle as part of their job should take the Defensive Driving Training Class within 90 days of employment and every three years after that. You must register for Defensive Driving Training – OHS DDC4 through the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. To the top ^
How often should I take the 15 Passenger Van Safety Class? It is recommended that anyone transporting passengers in vans complete the course one time only. You must register for 15 Passenger Van Safety – OHS NSC15 through the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. To the top ^
Will I get a discount on my car insurance if I take the Defensive Driving Training Class? That is up to your insurance carrier. When you successfully complete the Defensive Driving Class you will be mailed a certificate. You may provide a copy of that certificate to your insurance company when requesting a discount. To the top ^
How do I dispose of light bulbs or fluorescent tubes? Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes are considered Universal Waste and are regulated. They are handled by UAB Maintenance and the UAB OH&S Support Facility. Please contact 934-3797 for additional information. To the top ^
How often should I take the Bloodborne Pathogens class? The initial Bloodborne Pathogens training class is to be taken upon employment and then an annual update must be taken. The up-date is all that is necessary after the initial class has been taken and successfully passed. To the top ^
How often should I take the Chemical Safety Training? Chemical Safety Training is required once. Taking it annually as a refresher is recommended. To the top ^
How often should I take the Hazardous Waste Course? The Hazardous Waste Course is required annually for those individuals that handle or pack hazardous waste. To the top ^
Isn’t OH&S and OSHA the same thing – what is the difference? The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1971 (OSHA) was created to provide U.S. workers with a safe working environment. OSHA is administered through the Department of Labor that regulates safety for most non-governmental workplaces in the U.S., but many states have their own OSHA laws. UAB has the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) that provides internal oversight to the UAB community and whose mission is to ensure that our faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors have a safe workplace by providing them with the service and knowledge necessary to protect themselves, the UAB community and the environment. To the top ^
Who handles OSHA compliance? The Department of Occupational Health & Safety provides health and safety oversight to UAB and was organized to develop control programs for several areas:
Occupational and Environmental health and safety
Radiological health and safety
Hazardous waste management
Education and training
OH&S uses the applicable OSHA standards as a minimum requirement for workplace safety. To the top ^
How do I get Safety Data Sheets (formerly MSDS) and other safety information about the chemicals I work with? There are several options for getting safety information about chemicals.
Read the container label – the very best source of quick information about a material is the label. Basic hazard information and a contact address, website or phone number must be available on commercially prepared labels. If a user re-labels a container, or labels a temporary container, they must put the chemical name and main hazard on the new label.
Look up the material on a chemical distributor's website, for example: Sigma-Aldrich , or Fisher.
There is a chemical odor in my work area, how can I get help? If you have symptoms of a chemical exposure such as dizziness, eye or respiratory irritation, warn others and leave the area immediately then call OH&S at 934-2487 from an unaffected location. Otherwise take a moment to gather some preliminary information, and then call OH&S. To provide the best service to you, we will need to know:
The location of the problem – building, room and any other details – in a cabinet, near a vent etc.
As precise a description of the odor as you can give – is it sulfur-like, is it solvent like, is it a chemical you recognize?
When the odor started – call sooner rather than later, so we have the best chance of tracing the source.
If an unusual process or activity is occurring in your area – is there construction, painting, or a new experiment?
An important note about odors: When reporting "gas" odors please distinguish between natural gas, with a sulfurous, mercaptan odor, and gasoline with a characteristic solvent odor. The required response to these materials is different. To the top ^