A revised Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) was published August 1, 2021. The purpose of the RPP is to comply with provisions set forth in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection to provide respiratory protection and prevent exposure to hazardous airborne contaminants while performing work, research, or other activities at UVA.

On July 1, 2021 UVA Policy ID: SEC-009: Utilization of Radioactive Materials, was revised and renamed to SEC-009: Radiation Safety Program. The revised policy clarifies institutional governance of Radiation Producing Equipment.

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Radioactive Materials Program Inspection - On January 28, 2021 five representatives from the VDH completed a 3-day inspection of the University and Health System. Their facility inspections, interviews with personnel, and evaluation of records found ZERO license violations! UVA has one of the largest and most complex broad-scope radioactive materials licenses in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention Training - Required training for faculty, staff, and student researchers performing research on University grounds and in University facilities.

UVA Policy ID: SEC-045: COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirement - Face Masks, Physical Distancing, Events and Gatherings, and Visitors

Face Coverings Compared - Homemade vs. Masks vs. Respirators

Aerosol Can Disposal - Aerosol cans are prohibited from being thrown in the trash at UVA! Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality requires that all unwanted aerosol cans (unused, partially used, damaged, & empty) be collected as Hazardous Waste.

Inspections - The EHS Chemical and Laboratory Safety group periodically inspects all laboratories, and educational shops, studios and makerspaces across UVA. EHS also inspects select non-academic University spaces that utilize chemicals and generate hazardous waste.

Safety Program for Shops, Studios & Makerspaces - The Safety Program, created as a collaboration between Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and the UVA Maker Grounds Safety Committee, provides current information for safety measures and best safety practices to eliminate or minimize risks. The Program's success strongly depends on the Maker Grounds community's active participation to share ideas and promote a safety culture.

Satellite Accumulation Areas - Satellite Accumulation Areas are the areas in labs or work spaces where hazardous waste containers are stored when full. These areas must be "near the point of generation" of the waste. New regulations require the posting of updated signs in the many Satellite Accumulation Areas at the University.

Hazardous (Chemical) Waste Stickers - New regulations require updated Hazardous Waste Stickers and waste labeling requirements.

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 - 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.

Programs & Services Report - 2018 - Environmental Health & Safety supports the University’s mission of research, education, patient care and service through the promotion of safety, regulatory compliance and environmental stewardship. So what exactly does this mean, and what exactly does EHS do? Learn by exploring our 2018 report.

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