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UAB Facilities and UAB Financial Affairs have partnered to streamline purchasing items from Airgas and roll it into the BuyUAB website. This partnership has been successful with a pilot program of labs on campus using the process for the past several months. The process is now being launched campuswide.

In the past, orders to Airgas were placed by phone call, with no tracking ability or order confirmations. Now all orders should be placed on the BuyUAB website using a P-Card.

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UAB’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) has designed a workshop for Laboratory Managers, Supervisors and Science Educators that will offer an in-depth review of:

  • laboratory safety practices
  • UAB Policies and Procedures
  • regulatory compliance
  • legal and liability issues

Register online today to receive hands-on training on:

  • biosafety
  • chemical safety
  • hazardous waste
  • emergency response
  • use and maintenance of equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Conduct a risk assessment to determine the correct PPE, equipment, or emergency responses for working with biological materials or hazardous chemicals.
  2. Handle, pack, and manifest biological or hazardous waste correctly.
  3. Set-up and maintain a successful Satellite Accumulation Area.
  4. Develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP), and Lab Safety Plan to prepare the lab for safety reviews.

Airgas imageEnvironmental Management is asking that all researchers and building administrators commit to a new standard process of reporting empty gas cylinders to save UAB money.

There are approximately 3,600 gas cylinders on campus, which is an increase of more than 1,000 cylinders since 2010. Gas cylinders and supplies are used in several areas throughout the UAB enterprise, including the hospital, recreational center, laboratories, and maintenance areas.

Because gas cylinders are used in almost every area of the university, it is vital that EH&S knows where all cylinders are and that proper safety management steps are being taken when handling the cylinders.