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Do you need to dispose of or recycle hazardous household materials such as cooking grease and paint? Drop off your hazardous waste materials on Hazardous Waste Day April 20th.

The Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) and the Storm Water Management Authority, Inc. (SWMA) are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Day for collecting and appropriately recycling household hazardous waste 8am-12pm on April 20th in two locations: Fairfield, at the old Wal-Mart, and Irondale, at the Habitat for Humanity. This event is offered to protect the local environment by providing citizens of Jefferson County an opportunity to dispose of hazardous items safely.

October is National Fire Prevention Month, and Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is helping spread the knowledge of fire prevention on campus.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) creates simple steps for planning ahead. This year’s theme, Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere, is targeted education on each important step of fire prevention.

The increase in popularity and variety of food trucks in Birmingham means more options for students and employees. When these food trucks are invited onto campus, there is now one extra step to ensure the food trucks operate within established safety practices.

“Traditional restaurants that set up shop on campus are inspected by the Health Department, and permits are issued and updated on an annual basis,” said Rob Emmons, Environmental Health & Safety Campus Safety Manager. “However, while the food trucks go through an inspection with the Health Department, we don’t see those results. So, we have a process to ensure the safety of our campus community.”