Guidance for new lab owners

Helpful Partnerships

Other UAH organizations may be critical in establishing your research at UAH in accordance with regulatory requirements and or guidelines. Contact the OEHS and or your department to coordinate these partnerships.

Resources for Lab Supervisors

Laboratory Supervisors have direct responsibilities for the safety of all persons entering and working in their laboratory under UAH policy. This resource provides links to documents that will assist Lab Supervisors in accomplishing environmental health and safety compliance in his/her research lab.

Resource TitleResource Description
New Lab Startup Notice Submit a New Lab Start-up Notice to the OEHS as soon as you are assigned a laboratory and or research space. Most people moving to UAH have a main area of focus or specialty in research and teaching. The New Lab Start-Up Notice alerts OEHS as to the hazards that may be present once the lab is set-up. It also allows us to contact the new employee to discuss any special needs that OEHS may be able to assist with.
View Training Information Complete required training and assure all personnel and students working in the lab complete training. Training works best if the individual has a UAH email account.
UAH Student Lab Safety Agreement/Contract All students, graduate, undergraduate or other, should complete a UAH Student – Lab Safety Agreement/Contract. It is recommended the Supervisor or PI keep this on file.
Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan Template Review the University Chemical Hygiene Plan and develop one for the lab using the Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan Template.
Chemical Inventory Form Ensure a chemical waste inventory is completed, available and that safety data sheets are readily available for each hazardous chemical/material. The chemical inventory should be maintained with the safety data sheets. If you are maintaining your database in SDS Online, that will take the place of this document.
Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan For work with infectious agents, you will need to have a Lab Specific Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan in place.
Personal Protective Equipment Training Ensure the use of required personal protective equipment in your lab.
Chemical Waste Management Guide Work with the OEHS to establish chemical waste management procedures in the lab.
Self Safety Audits and Inspections Establish procedures for conducting weekly inspections in the lab and for addressing findings.
Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Resistance in Laboratories Know the location of emergency equipment i.e., eyewashes, safety showers. Know building emergency alarm system, procedures for emergency response, evacuation, and shelter in place.
UAH Emergency Planning Ensure that a spill kit is available for your hazardous material and is in a readily accessible location.
UAlert Registration Sign up for UAlert. UAlert is The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) emergency notification system.
Emergency Info Door Sign Emergency information door signs must be posted on external lab doors.
View Injury Reporting Follow-up on all accidents, incidents, and near misses in the lab. When injuries occur, requiring more than first aid, submit an occupational injury report. Investigate to determine the causes and steps needed to prevent reoccurrence. Involve OEHS, if not already involved.