All contacts below can be made by calling the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) at 434.982.4911.
* Safety Training and Record-keeping (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
If you have any questions about Chemical and Laboratory Safety at UVA you can go to our website or call Clarissa or Jim at 434.982.4911.
Contact EHS for a new laboratory Door Sign (aka Hazard Communication Sign).
The Hazard Communication Sign must be posted before lab work can begin.
Moving chemicals, refrigerators, freezers, and chemical storage cabinets
Biohazard-labeled Laboratory Equipment
Removal or Relocation
Laboratory equipment (e.g. refrigerators, freezers, incubators, centrifuges, Biological Safety Cabinets and similar types of equipment) may be labeled with a biohazard symbol. In such cases, the labels indicate that the equipment was used in conjunction with experiments involving biological agents or used to store biological agents.
Accordingly, biohazard-labeled equipment must often be decontaminated before it can be moved within UVA (to another lab space), to another institution, or to a surplus contractor. Consult with EHS Biosafety for assistance in determining decontamination procedures. Biosafety cabinets need an evaluation to determine if gas decontamination is necessary (decon performed by an EHS approved contractor). Contact Jennifer Branum firstname.lastname@example.org for an evaluation.
Preparing the Equipment (performed by laboratory personnel)
NEW Moving Authorization Label:
Note: Movers and outside contractors have been instructed to not handle or move laboratory equipment (when labeled with a biohazard and/or radioactive material symbol) without the label displayed above.
These labels have been discontinued and are no longer used.
Previously, the Yellow label was for UVA internal lab moves and White label was for off-site or surplus removal. The content of each label was consolidated to the NEW Moving Authorization Label. If you have questions about any discontinued labels on equipment, contact EHS.
On-Site Servicing or Repair
Service or repair of laboratory equipment should occur only under the authorization of laboratory personnel. Laboratory personnel are responsible for appropriately decontaminating surfaces prior to repair or servicing. Laboratory personnel are also responsible for informing repair and maintenance personnel regarding any potential hazards and any necessary precautions (including the use of PPE, decontamination of tools) to be taken while working in the laboratory and on laboratory equipment. Equipment can be decontaminated using the following techniques:
For more information see Lab Decommissioning.