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When it comes to knowing your job, how to perform your job in the most efficient, safe and effective way, and whether specific training topics or frequencies are required, having appropriate, up-to-date instruction is key.

In today's workplace, keeping staff fully informed is challenging. UAB employees have a multitude of learning opportunities in a variety of formats.

Laboratory employees are required to complete safety training to fulfill regulatory requirements and to prove they understand proper practices. Training expectations for visitors who will be working in UAB laboratories are similar, if not the same.

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September is National Preparedness Month – the annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities. We want to encourage you – as individuals and families – to pledge to prepare during the month of September but we also want to encourage you and your family to make preparedness a part of your daily life every day moving forward. Here are three easy steps for you and your family to take to get involved and be better prepared:

storm-drain-labelThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the City of Birmingham have collaborated on a program to promote environmental sensitivity and protect the city's drinking water. The plan to assess and label stormwater drains around Birmingham – starting with UAB's campus – will help discourage the dumping of unwanted chemicals and trash into drains.

The UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety tasked graduate students in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering with mapping storm drains around UAB's 86-block campus. Students also created preliminary designs for the labels and stencils, which will be unique to UAB.

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