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This course is strongly recommended for anyone working with or around anything that is considered a sharp at UAB. This course is designed to provide guidelines when it comes to the standards, policies, and procedures for the safe handling of sharps at UAB.

  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) defines a sharp as "any used or unused discarded article that may cause punctures or cuts and which has been or is intended for use in animal or human medical care, medical research, or in laboratories utilizing microorganisms."
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) defines a sharp as "needles, scalpels, broken glass, capillary tubes and the exposed ends of dental wires."

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Recognize the different types of sharps that could be present at UAB.
  2. Utilize the proper procedures for avoiding sharps injuries and what to do if it happens.
  3. Execute the proper guidelines when it comes to the proper disposal of unbroken or broken sharps.
  4. Properly don and doff the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as needed.

The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) course is online and is required annually if you handle oil products.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) closely monitors what is and is not allowed into the sewers and surface waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates this activity in an oversight role. Therefore, any UAB employee working with oil is required to complete training on Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). The course is designed to teach those working with petroleum products and waste, how to:

This course is required for those who must handle, store, pack and/or manifest universal waste. Universal waste includes materials such as some types of batteries, fluorescent lights, and light bulbs.

The Medical Waste course is online and is required every three years or if regulations or procedures change.

If you:
  • Offer medical waste for transport from a UAB campus location,
  • Generate medical waste,
  • Handle medical waste,
  • Sign the manifest,
  • Pack the transport containers,
  • Operate a transport vehicle, or
  • Load, unload, or handle medical waste
you must complete this course and pass its quiz. A passing score of 85% or higher on the quiz is necessary in order to receive a certificate of completion. Retain the certificate in your lab file. You may be asked to present proof of training (certificate).