FAQ

  1. How do I dispose of broken glass?
  2. Who picks up sharps containers?
  3. Where do I get refills for the hand sanitizer stands placed by OH&S?
  4. May I get a flu shot from UAB OH&S Employee Health if I am not enrolled in the program?
  5. How often should I update my employee health enrollment in the UAB OH&S Employee Health Program?
  6. What do I do if I missed the Defensive Driving Training class?
  7. How soon after my hire date do I have to take the Defensive Driving Training class?
  8. Am I allowed to drive a UAB vehicle if I have not taken the Defensive Driving Training class?
  9. Why would I need 15 Passenger Van Safety training if I do not drive a 15-passenger van?
  10. How often should I take the Defensive Driving training class?
  11. How often should I take the 15 Passenger Van Safety Class?
  12. Will I get a discount on my car insurance if I take the Defensive Driving Training Class?
  13. How do I dispose of light bulbs or fluorescent tubes?
  14. How often should I take the Bloodborne Pathogens class?
  15. How often should I take the Chemical Safety Training?
  16. How often should I take the Hazardous Waste Course?
  17. Isn’t OH&S and OSHA the same thing – what is the difference?
  18. Who handles OSHA compliance?
  19. How do I get Safety Data Sheets (formerly MSDS) and other safety information about chemicals I work with?
  20. There is a chemical odor in my work area, how can I help?
  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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.
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  4. May I get a flu shot from UAB OH&S Employee Health if I am not enrolled in the program?
    Currently, flu shots are given through OH&S Employee Health to Campus Employees whose work would warrant vaccination. Since this is determined by enrollment in the Employee Health Program, enrollment is required. 
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  5. How often should I update my employee health enrollment in the UAB OH&S Employee Health 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.
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  6. What do I do if I missed the Defensive Driving Training class?
    You must login to the UAB Facility & Staff Learning System and once again register for the next available class for Defensive Driving Training – OHS DDC4.
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  7. 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.
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  8. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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  11. 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.
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  12. 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.
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  13. 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 UAB OH&S Support Facility. Please contact 934-3797 for additional information or the website information related to Universal Waste.
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  14. 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.
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  15. How often should I take the Chemical Safety Training?
    Chemical Safety Training is required once. Taking it annually as a refresher is recommended.
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  16. 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.
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  17. 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.
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  18. 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:
    1. Occupational and Environmental health and safety
    2. Radiological health and safety
    3. Biological safety
    4. Chemical safety
    5. Asbestos abatement
    6. Hazardous waste management
    7. Education and training
    8. Environmental management
    9. Emergency Management
    OH&S uses the applicable OSHA standards as a minimum requirement for workplace safety.
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  19. 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.
    • Call the 3E Company at 1-800-451-8346 and request a faxed copy of the SDS you require. (will be discontinued in October 2013)
    • Access the ChemWatch system from UAB campus through this link: http://jr.chemwatch.net/chemwatch.web/account/autologinbyip
    • Contact OH&S and ask Chemical Safety to provide you with a Safety Data Sheet or other chemical information.
    • Use a search engine to perform a web search for information
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  20. 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.
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