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Construction is booming on campus. New buildings are going up and older spaces are being renovated. This has resulted in a number of laboratories relocating or planning for relocation. Just as moving a home requires advance planning for a smooth transition, moving an active lab involves a coordinated effort to safely and efficiently empty the old space and occupy the new one.

Because some of the materials and equipment in these laboratories are hazardous or regulated, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has designed a series of forms and guides to streamline the process. Information can be found here. Please contact us as soon as you know the approximate date of your lab move so that we can assist in the closeout of the lab. It is especially important that radioactive materials, controlled drugs used in research, and chemical and biological hazards be moved according to state and federal requirements. The lab closeout checklist can provide guidance.

FEMA have working smoke alarms
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5. When turning your clock back one hour, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working, and check that the batteries have plenty of charge. It is also a great time to check the expiration dates of your emergency supplies.

A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery can be the same as having no smoke alarm at all.

Studies by CDC researchers and other experts indicate that flu vaccine reduces the risk of doctor visits due to flu by approximately 40% to 60% among the overall population when the vaccine viruses are like the ones spreading in the community. Other studies have shown similar protection against flu-related hospitalizations.

A flu vaccination does not guarantee protection against the flu. Some people who get vaccinated might still get sick. However, people who get a flu vaccine are less likely to get sick with flu or hospitalized from flu than someone who does not get vaccinated.

The most important factors that affect how well the flu vaccine works include:

  • The “match” between the flu vaccine and the flu viruses that are spreading that season; and
  • Factors such as the age and overall health of the person being vaccinated. For example, older people with weaker immune systems may respond less well to vaccination.