All laboratories MUST have a Hazard Communication Sign

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.

Biosafety

The Hazard Communication Sign (shown below) incorporates language as indicated in the publication CDC/NIH Biosafety in the Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratory, 5th edition (BMBL). The BMBL requires that a biohazard sign be posted at the laboratory entry when biohazardous materials are present.

The Hazard Communication Sign is not intended to prohibit access, but to communicate that biohazardous materials may be present in the laboratory.

University support staffs (Housekeeping, Facilities Management, Police, etc.) have been trained to understand that when laboratory personnel are present, they should enter as instructed.

Flammable Liquid Storage

In order to comply with flammable liquid storage limits set by the Virginia State Fire Marshall, door signs which contain a letter (rather than a number) in the NFPA red fire diamond (shown below as  D ) will also display the "Typical quantity of flammable liquid stored in this room" in gallons (white text on a black background) on the sign. If you need to store/use quantities of flammable liquid beyond the quantity displayed, you MUST contact EHS at 434-982-4911 and discuss your needs with UVA’s Chemical Safety Officer Clarissa Lynch.

Other requiremnts set by the Virginia State Fire Marshall include but are not limited to:

You may not purchase/store flammable liquids in 5-gallon cans.

Empty containers of flammable liquids must have their labels made illegible (sratch off or black marker). They can then be thrown away in the regular trash (chemical glass bottles cannot be offered for recycling at the University).

Radioactive Material

The Hazard Communication Sign (shown below) incorporates the radiation trefoil symbol when radioactive materials are stored or used in the laboratory. Individuals entering this room who are not approved to use radioactive material, must be supervised to prohibit unauthorized removal of radioactive material or contaminated items present in the room. Laboratories bearing this sign must be locked to secure radioactive material when no one is present in the laboratory.

The Hazard Communication Sign is not intended to prohibit access, but to communicate that radioactive material may be present in the laboratory.

University support staffs (Housekeeping, Facilities Management, Police, etc.) have been trained to understand that when laboratory personnel are present, they should enter as instructed.

When changes occur door signs should be updated as soon as possible!

To request new or updated Hazard Communication Signs for your door (free-of-charge ), contact either:

Jim Reese at jgr2y@virginia.edu, 434-982-4907
OR
Dwight Smith at dss2j@virginia.edu, 434-982-4894

Hazard Communication Sign

 
 
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515 Edgemont Road
P.O. Box 400322
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4322
PHONE 434.982.4911
FAX 434.982.4915
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Suite 320
P.O. Box 400333
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4322
PHONE 434.243.1711
FAX 434.243.1735
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