Vacuum Systems & Traps
Several of UVA's research facilities are equipped with building vacuum systems. It is important to understand its limitations and use the system as designed when evacuating liquids. Refer to our guidelines to properly set-up a vacuum trap.
Fire Safety - Fire Safety in Labs, Shops, & Studios
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Recommended training for persons who work in laboratories, shops and studios. Training helps familiarize users to the unique fire safety considerations in an academic setting. This module will provide background on fire prevention code, common fire code issues, situations or conditions that could lead to a fire, and what you can do to prevent a fire.
User Agreement - UVA Shop, Studio, & Makerspace
Persons using Shop, Studio, or Makerspace at the University of Virginia must complete the "User Agreement for UVA Shop, Studio, & Makerspace" as required by overseeing faculty or space managers.
Lead Used for Radiation Shielding
Periodically during inspections of radioactive material use areas, we find "bare" lead bricks and other pieces of lead shielding. These items must be coated or painted in some manner to prevent the spread of lead dust due to oxidation and potential transfer of lead to individuals handling these materials with bare hands. If you are using lead for shielding and it is not "encapsulated", contact radiation safety for assistance with encapsulation.
Do not dispose of lead in the regular trash or in radioactive or hazardous waste containers.
All disposal of lead bricks should be through EHS-Radiation Safety.
The Biosafety e-Manual automatically integrates PI-specific information from the PI’s Inventory and Activity Registration (IAR) into the existing Biosafety Manual template, creating one document that streamlines and simplifies biosafety compliance efforts across the research community.
Safety Data Sheets
EHS and UVA Health System are in partnership to provide the UVA community with access to a searchable web-based SDS library. Each department, laboratory, or unit is responsible for ensuring up-to-date SDSs are available for the hazardous chemicals used in their workspace.
All Class 1M, 2M, 3B and 4 lasers (not used for patient care) must be registered with the University’s Laser Safety Office and safety protocols for proposed activities approved prior to use.
STAR - Safety, Training & Record-keeping Log-in
STAR is an online application designed to help faculty and staff to manage documentation of Federally required training and research related compliance data at the University of Virginia.
STAR allows users to document locally provided training and track UVA provided training.
STAR automatically integrates data and program access for UVA's IACUC, OAW, CCM, IBC, EHS Biosafety, Door Signs (aka Hazard Communication Signs), Laser Safety & Radiation Safety into a single page for the user.
As required by regulation and for the benefit of UVA personnel, outside contractors, emergency personnel, or other visitors to an area, UVA posts a Hazard Communication Sign on all laboratory doors and other select room doors where hazardous materials may be present.
The Hazard Communication Sign will display (through symbols, icons and text) which types of hazards (e.g. biological, radiological, or chemical) are potentially present beyond the door. The sign will also list PI(s) and emergency contact information.
When personnel are present in a space, enter as instructed; if uncertain about entering an unoccupied space, refer to the emergency contacts list displayed on the sign.
University departments ship a variety of "hazardous materials", also termed dangerous goods including infectious substances, dry ice, other biologicals, and sometimes may need to ship chemical or radioactive materials. These shipments are highly regulated depending upon the material, the mode of transportation, the commercial carrier, and the destination.
The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is available to assist faculty, staff, and students who make hazardous material shipments. EHS can provide training, guidance and support services that will help ensure hazardous material shipments arrive at their destination in the safest way possible.
Established UVA Labs
Information for Labs who are moving to, or expanding to, other UVA space.
Lab Decommissioning - To assist any laboratory that plans to move laboratory equipment and/or hazardous materials (i.e. chemical, biological, radioactive). Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) assistance ensures that materials are moved safely and in compliance with federal, state or local regulations. EHS facilitates laboratory moves and relocations throughout the University and to other institutions, as well as laboratory closeout due to retirement.
Assistance is provided as a free service. With our expertise, the process is much easier than trying to do it by oneself.
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As you prepare to move your lab from another institution, or start up your new lab, please feel free to contact UVA’s Chemical Safety Officer with any questions regarding your new lab space or any special lab equipment requirements (e.g., facility-specific or safety considerations). Please contact your department for questions related to facility requirements you may have.
The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) functions as a research support office and as such does not directly bill for any of our services. We will provide whatever assistance we can in making your research lab’s transition to UVA as seamless as possible.
We look forward to working with you!
The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires that employees be provided information about the physical and health hazards of the chemicals they use or are potentially exposed to in their work area.
The primary communication tool is the Safety Data Sheet or SDS (formerly Material Safety Data Sheet). The SDS for each hazardous chemical must be readily accessible to employees. Electronic access is permitted as an alternative to paper copies as long as no barriers to immediate employee access are created (i.e. An employee asking a supervisor for access to an SDS constitutes a barrier. If computer access is not provided for an employee, accessible paper copies are required.)
Those responsible (supervisor, researcher, instructor) for a given work or research area must ensure employees understand how to access their SDSs, and that access is barrier-free.
Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
Our fundamental mission is to support the research, education and patient care activities of the University through promotion of a safe and healthy environment. We achieve this by providing high quality programs, training, evaluation and consultation designed to minimize safety, health, environmental and regulatory risks to the University community.
Call us at: 434.982.4911