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Date Title Category
01/19/2018 Update to Improve Biohazardous Waste Removal Announcements
09/22/2017 Evaporating Waste Solvents Chemical Safety
06/09/2017 Electric Shock Drowning Announcements
05/17/2017 Medical (Biohazardous) Waste Preparation and Pick Up General Lab Safety
03/31/2017 Spring Weather Safety General Lab Safety
12/15/2016 Avoid working alone in a building General Lab Safety
12/09/2016 UAB Guidelines for Conducting Human Xenograft Experiments in Mice Biosafety
11/22/2016 Lab Security for the Holidays - Lock Your Lab General Lab Safety
11/11/2016 Warning Signs of Hypothermia General Lab Safety
11/04/2016 Change Your Clock, Check Your Smoke Alarm Announcements
10/27/2016  Difference Between a Dust Mask and a Respirator General Lab Safety
10/19/2016 Green Labs Program: Lunch and Learn General Lab Safety 
09/28/2016 Management of Compressed Gases and Cryogenics in Research Labs Chemical Safety 
06/23/2016 Zika virus - Fight the Bite Announcements
05/26/2016 Beat the Heat Announcements
04/15/2016 Chemical Labeling Chemical Safety
02/24/2016 Bunsen Burner Safety General Lab Safety
02/18/2016 Biosafety Cabinet (BSC) Notice Announcements
12/11/2015 Holiday Safety Tips General Lab Safety
11/18/2015 Winter Weather – Are You Prepared? General Lab Safety
10/05/2015 Drain Disposal and Intentional Evaporation of Chemical Waste Chemical Safety
09/30/2015 Hurricane Season Preparedness Announcements
08/27/2015 Chemical Inventory Chemical Safety
05/15/2015 2015 Laboratory Safety Workshop Announcements
05/01/2015 Minors, Visiting Scientists, and Volunteers in UAB Labs General Lab Safety
04/09/2015 Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Collection Announcements
03/20/2015 No Eating In Labs Announcements
02/24/2015 Shipping Hazardous Materials Announcements
01/13/2015 Green Chemistry Initiative Survey Announcements
01/06/2015 Preparing for Cold Weather General Lab Safety
10/07/2014 National Fire Safety Week General Lab Safety
09/04/2014 Guidelines for the Use of Dry Ice General Lab Safety
08/25/2014 Keep Cool and Beat the Heat Announcements
07/14/2014 Chikungunya - Fight the Bite Announcements
06/20/2014 Summer Clothing and Lab Safety General Lab Safety
05/20/2014 NIH Guidelines - Do You Know? Biosafety
03/26/2014 Building and Lab Storm Preparation General Lab Safety
03/03/2014 BIO314 Bloodborne Pathogens 2014 Update Training Course Biosafety
03/03/2014  Laser Safety General Lab Safety 
02/04/2014 Satellite Accumulation Area Announcements
12/23/2013 What's Your Excuse? General Lab Safety
09/25/2013 Do You Know What Kind of "Hood" You Have? General Lab Safety
07/12/2013 Hazard Communication has a new look! Announcements
06/04/2013 New Program for Controlled Substances in Research Announcements
05/10/2013 Nanoparticles or Nanomaterial General Lab Safety
04/08/2013 Use and Safe Handling of Bromodeoxyuridine in Research General Lab Safety
02/06/2013 Medical Waste Pickup Changes Announcements
01/02/2013 Space Heater Safety General Lab Safety
12/10/2012 Holiday Week Off Reminders General Lab Safety
12/03/2012 Changes in Select Agent Regulations Announcements
11/27/2012 Urgent Incubator Field Notice Announcements
11/05/2012 OHS Support Facility is Moving Announcements
10/04/2012 Shipping Hazardous Materials Announcements
08/07/2012 Compressed Gas Cylinders General Lab Safety
04/26/2012 Medical Waste Compliance Announcements
03/06/2012 Cryogens and Dry Ice General Lab Safety
03/06/2012 Are You a Chemical Hoarder? Chemical Safety
11/15/2011 About "Tax-Free" Ethanol Use Announcements
10/19/2011 Space Heater Safety General Lab Safety
08/19/2011 LVP Price Increase Announcements
08/05/2011 Chemical Inventory Survey Chemical Safety
08/02/2011 Loss of Electrical Power General Lab Safety
04/29/2011 Safety After the Tornado Announcements
01/06/2011 Nanotechnology Announcements
10/08/2010 R.A.C.E. to Fire Safety General Lab Safety
09/28/2010 Lab Closeout Procedures Helpful Lab Information
08/05/2010 Appropriate Lab Attire General Lab Safety
07/08/2010 Shipping Hazardous Materials at UAB Announcements
04/29/2010 Handling of Reactive and Pyrophoric Materials General Lab Safety
12/23/2009 Safety Training for Lab Workers Announcements
11/23/2009 Aerosol Can Safety General Lab Safety
11/05/2009 Unclutter Your Corridors General Lab Safety
05/20/2009 Disinfectants General Lab Safety
04/17/2009 Biomedical Waste Disposal Guide Announcements
04/14/2009 Stericycle Medical Waste Manifest Announcements
03/27/2009 Regulated Medical Waste Biosafety
03/27/2009 Packaging Procedures for Medical Waste Disposal Biosafety
03/26/2009 Stericycle Contact Information Announcements
03/07/2009 Stericycle Announcement Announcements
03/06/2009 EPA Audit - Are You Ready? Announcements
03/06/2009 Aerosol Alert Announcements
01/29/2009 EPA Compliance Toolkit Announcements
12/24/2008 Ultraviolet Radiation General Lab Safety
12/09/2008 Fire Safety & Prevention General Lab Safety
10/09/2008 Emergency Procedures General Lab Safety
06/10/2008 To Glove or Not To Glove General Lab Safety
04/14/2008 Emergency Exits General Lab Safety
02/01/2008 Emergency Eyewash Testing General Lab Safety
01/01/2008 Report "chemicals of interest" Announcements
01/01/2008 Reporting Unusual Research Hazards Announcements
11/28/2007 Product Safety Notice: Tektronic Oscilloscopes Announcements
10/01/2007 Use of Open Flames in Biosafety Cabinets/Tissue Culture Hoods Biosafety
06/21/2007 Accident Investigation General Lab Safety
07/20/2007 No gloves General Lab Safety
04/01/2007 Selecting the Proper Laboratory Waste Stream General Lab Safety
01/01/2007 Use and Storage of Compressed Gas Cylinders Announcements
12/01/2006 "Tax Free" Ethyl Alcohol Usage and Accountability Chemical Safety
11/01/2006 Using your autoclave safely General Lab Safety
09/01/2006 Drain Disposal Chemical Safety
06/02/2006 Fight the Bite Announcements
03/11/2006 Risk Assessment General Lab Safety
03/10/2006 Severe Weather Preparation General Lab Safety
01/01/2006 Flu Announcements
12/01/2005 Proper Handwashing General Lab Safety
10/03/2005 Driver Focus Announcements
08/01/2005 Housekeeping and Clutter in the Lab General Lab Safety
07/01/2005 Research Lab Storm Preparation General Lab Safety
06/01/2005 General food safety tips Announcements
05/02/2005 Announcement regarding BSC certification verification Announcements
04/13/2005 Announcement regarding viral CAP proficiency test samples Announcements
03/01/2005 Mercury Spill Clean-Up Kits Chemical Safety
01/01/2005 Using Ether Safely Chemical Safety
11/01/2004 Autoclave Safety Lab Equipment Safety
07/21/2004 Stop the Prop General Lab Safety
07/14/2004 Disposal of Gels and Solutions used in Electrophoresis Procedures General Lab Safety
06/04/2004 Gloves - Primary PPE General Lab Safety
02/04/2004 Silver Recycling General Lab Safety
02/03/2004 Cover your Cough Poster Lab Equipment Safety
02/01/2004 CDC "An Ounce of Prevention" Handwashing Lab Equipment Safety
06/26/2003 Required Training for Shipping Infectious Substances and Diagnostic Specimens Announcements
06/16/2003 Changes in Hazardous Chemical Waste Management Announcements
05/20/2003 Management of Common Rooms and Shared Equipment General Lab Safety
03/25/2003 Elective Course Offering - Biological & Chemical Weapons Detectors / Response Announcements
03/19/2003 Sharps! Sharps! Everywhere are Sharps! General Lab Safety
02/14/2003 Primary Containment Devices Lab Equipment Safety
01/23/2003 Select Agent Interim Rule Announcements
01/01/2003 Select Agents and Toxins List Announcements
11/05/2002 Is there a Fungus among us? Helpful Lab Information
10/17/2002 Update: Polio Reporting Requests Announcements
09/18/2002 Update: Additions to Federal Mandatory Reporting Requirement Announcements
08/06/2002 Urgent Notice of Federal Mandatory Reporting Requirement Announcements
07/08/2002 Biological & Chemical Weapons Detectors / Response Announcements
06/04/2002 2002 ed. of the Chemical Safety and Waste Management Manual Chemical Safety
01/31/2002 Release of Equipment for Moving Lab Equipment Safety
01/07/2002 Proper Use and Care of the Biosafety Cabinet Lab Equipment Safety
11/09/2001 Research Facility Security Biosafety
11/09/2001 What is a suspicious letter or package? Helpful Lab Information
09/19/2001 Fume Hood Safety Lab Equipment Safety
08/03/2001 Announcing Online Bloodborne Pathogen Training Announcements
05/23/2001 Laboratory Self-Assessment Checklist Helpful Lab Information
05/09/2001 Laboratory Stretching Exercises Helpful Lab Information
04/30/2001 Laboratory Ergonomics Helpful Lab Information
04/09/2001 EPA Update on Hazardous Chemical Waste Disposal Chemical Safety
02/16/2001 Making Sense Out of Chemical Storage Chemical Safety
01/23/2001 Work Area Orientation Checklist for Laboratories General Lab Safety
12/11/2000 Spill Response General Lab Safety
08/29/2000 Training Record: Spills General Lab Safety
06/01/2000 Applying for a Grant Helpful Lab Information