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 with collaboration between the Office of 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 (Chemical) 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
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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.
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