Facilities services coordinate access to rooms, maintain the buildings and equipment and ensure a safe work environment for everyone at UAF. Facility services for CFOS are divided into the respective regions (see below).
Helpful information and links can be found Here:
Shipping Chemicals to and from UAF
- For More information on shipping of hazardous chemicals visit the pages of the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at UAF under UAF Hazardous Materials Safety
- Chemical inventory is used to keep track of chemicals that you and your faculty supervisor purchase, use, store or ship.
- Every laboratory should keep their chemical inventory up-to-date.
- Updating the faculty specific chemical inventory is the responsibility of the faculty member or an assigned individual working in the lab
- ALL chemicals must be segregated based on compatibility in order to prevent dangerous chemical reactions that result in serious harm to users.
- Follow the NFPA rating found on Safety Data Sheets (SDS) or on the pages of the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management pages.
When handling hazardous chemicals, it is incumbent upon you to read the handling protocols for your chemicals. You can go to the SDS provided by the Distributor/Manufacturer. Further information and the respective safety trainings can be found on the pages of the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management.
All used or surplus chemicals have a specific method for disposal. Refer to the SDS for information or contact Richard Deck at 474-5617 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are disposing of a hazardous chemicals, request pick up with EHSRM.
- Faculty must adhere a label with your current contact information to the door of your freezer units. CFOS specific stickers can be obtained from the facilities coordinator.
- Facilities Services provides a specific form that is placed in a plastic sleeve on your freezer. In the event that the freezer alarm goes off (if your unit has an alarm), the HVAC technician will call you OR the secondary contact on this form.
- Please also fill the electronic formthat links directly to the HVAC Technicians to ensure they have current information for each freezer.
How to label samples in the freezer:
ALL secondary sample containers should have the FACULTY NAME, COLLECTION YEAR AND SAMPLE TYPE.
Dispose of or transfer your samples to another responsible person when you leave UAF. Marine mammal samples must be disposed of in accordance with the permit!
Care for your Freezer
Do not store boxes on top of your freezer. This will cause the compressor to work harder and shorten the life of the freezer.
- All equipment must have an easily legible owner/user label.
- Equipment that will/is tagged must have 2 photographs: One with the tag affixed next to the serial number on the equipment, and one with a wide angle shot
- Those photographs are sent to the CFOS Facilities Coordinator (see Contact Info at the bottom of the page) to add to the inventory database
- The Facilities Coordinator will populate the Inventory database with all the information related to purchasing, current and ‘permanent’ location, ownership and eventual disposition
- The Facilities Coordinator provides a secondary storage container label template for download as a WORD file as well as an inventory template (Excel)
- Researchers that store samples in common spaces that are located outside their own laboratory space MUST use the secondary storage container label template (WORD).
Furniture and items that are not being used anymore and taking up space in your office or laboratory can be given up to Surplus. Once the items are with surplus they can be rented by University staff and faculty.
Send a photo of the items with location name via email to Cheryl Clarke-Hopcroft.
The facilities coordinator will fill out the necessary paperwork, submit the request and arrange for pickup.
Reusable, small disposable supplies like glass pipettes, syringes, bottles etc. may still be available with Cheryl Clarke-Hopcroft. Check with her before purchasing additional materials.
Common Safety Trainings required for students/faculty or employees of CFOS:
Wilderness First Aid, Safety and Firearm Trainings may be very useful to the type of work you will be conducting; For further information contact Mark Oldmixon
The Field Safety Guiding Principles for Project Principle Investigators (PDF) should be consulted when preparing a field trip
Remote Travel Safety Issues at UAF (PDF) gives an overview over what to watch out for when traveling to remote areas
Larger Boats and Ocean Research
Offshore Safety and Survivalmay be a useful and needed training for you if you are planning on embarking on research trips on the R/V Sikuliaq or any other larger research vessel
- Watercraft and offshore platform safety training is currently led by Learn To Return Training Systems, Inc. out of Anchorage Alaska. The Offshore Marine Survival training certificate expires 2 years from the date of issue.
Scientific Diving Course Safety Requirements
- To participate in Scientific Diving Courses first you must acquire:
- A basic diving certificate through SSI, PADI or YMCA. A basic SSI or PADI diving certificate can be obtained locally from Test the Waters.
- A First Aid certificate
- A CPR certificate, and
- Emergency O2 training.
- Further reading Standards for the Conduct of Scientific Diving published by NSF / Office of Polar Programs NSF-OPP Diving Standards PDF
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