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 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.
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.
Task Force on Laboratory Safety (APLU)
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has formed the Task Force on Laboratory Safety to provide research universities with recommendations and guidance on the most appropriate strategies to enhance a culture of laboratory safety.