IAB Safety Office

The IAB safety officer provides technical advice and services related to environmental health, regulatory, and related safety concerns for institute faculty, staff, and students in coordination with the UAF Fire Marshal and UAF Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management. The safety officer also coordinates training in field safety and hazardous materials handling, storage, and disposal. Services are provided to ensure compliance with applicable regulations while not impeding research and teaching activities.

Email: UAF-IAB-Safety@alaska.edu

Daniel Uliassi

Daniel Uliassi

Safety Coordinator; Research Professional

410A Irving 1

Office hours 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Schedule is reduced during Aug-Sep, Dec, Feb-Apr


  • Origami, a new online incident reporting system, is now active here via the EHSRM site. This new system allows for fast reporting and response related to employee injuries, as well as reports of unsafe conditions, damaged property, and damaged vehicles.
  • The key shop at Facilities Services has changed the procedure for key issue across campus. Key slips will still be issued by departments, but the keys must now be picked up by the key holder and the key slip signed upon receipt.
  • Please be advised that IAB will no longer accept building/lab/office keys for return to the Facilities Services Key Shop. If you are leaving UAF or turning in keys to a room you no longer need to access, please take them directly to the Key Shop at 803 Alumni Drive.
  • Please be advised that newly requested access to IAB research labs via key and/or Polar Express card will be authorized upon completion of required lab-specific trainings (UAF Laboratory Safety, UAF Hazardous Waste Management, and UAF Chemical Hygiene).
  • All required safety training must be completed upon hire. For questions about the training requirements and access, please visit http://www.uaf.edu/safety/training/ or call x5455.

UAF Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management has developed a safety training program containing 5 core training modules that are now required for all UAF faculty, staff, and student employees. These training modules include:

  • Emergency Action Plan (Building Specific)
  • Employee Safety Orientation
  • Hazard Communication GHS
  • Office Safety (general)
  • Slips, Trips and Falls

The first four modules can be accessed at http://uaf.edu/safety/training/required-training/.

The Emergency Action Plans (EAP) are building-specific. The plans for IAB faculty, staff, and students are located under the "Emergency Action Plans" tab. Read through the plan for each building in which you workand then take the associated quizzes from the same tab.

Employees are also now required to complete the following:

  • Title IX (Sexual Misconduct) training
  • Protection of Minors - Awareness
  • Protection of Minors - UAF Policy and Reporting

Instructions for access to the above can be found at http://uaf.edu/safety/training/required-training/, toward the bottom of the page.

All persons working in a laboratory are also required to complete (at a minimum) the UAF Laboratory Safety training, UAF Hazardous Waste Management, and UAF Chemical Hygiene training. Specific job duties may require further training.

All required laboratory training can be accessed at http://uaf.edu/safety/training/required-lab-worker-train/.

DEAP training requires that you take and pass the quiz for each building in which you work. A score of 100% is required to pass. Please review the appropriate plan(s) from the list below and then click the button to take the quiz.


UAF COVID-19 Information: https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/coronavirus/uaf

IAB General COVID Mitigation Play, July 2020 (pdf)

Please allow at least 24 hours for request to be filled.

A surcharge of 20% will be added to the purchase price for non-IAB account numbers used to purchase ethanol from IAB.

Containers must be provided by the requester, and can be dropped off in 308A Irving I. Orders will generally be filled the next business day.

If ethanol is being purchased for transport off campus, it can only be dispensed into a container as outlined in the transport regulations. Questions? Call Dan Uliassi at 474-5455.

Current price: $14.62 per gallon or $3.66 per liter:

  • Price may change without notice.
  • Price is based on cost plus shipping from supplier.

An email will be sent to the requestor when the ethanol is available for pickup.

All requesters must have completed Laboratory Safety, Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management, and Chemical Hygiene Plan training.

Use this form to request liquid nitrogen from Murie (room 013) or Reichardt (room 100U2). Liquid nitrogen is not always immediately available. Please let us know your needs in advance so we can try to have liquid nitrogen available when you need it. We will coordinate a time for you to drop off and fill your dewar.

You must have appropriate liquid nitrogen safety training before we can fill your order. If you have not already done so, please complete the short liquid nitrogen safety training on myUA and send your training certificate to UAF-IAB-Safety@alaska.edu. We will provide in-person training if you do not have access to myUA. We are always happy to provide additional training and answer any questions you may have.

Liquid nitrogen presents a freezing and asphyxiation hazard. Liquid nitrogen is extremely cold (-196 degrees C) and rapidly expands to nearly 700 times its volume when it vaporizes. Always wear proper PPE. Vaporization will quickly displace oxygen and can cause asphyxiation and death. Do not transport liquid nitrogen, even small amounts, inside a vehicle (place it in the bed of a pickup or trailer etc.), do not work with liquid nitrogen in small unventilated spaces, and do not place liquid nitrogen in sealed vessels like a thermos or any container with a tight fitting lid. If liquid nitrogen spills, leave the area immediately.

Use this form to request key or Polar Express access to any IAB space, including labs and office areas. New employees, visitors, and collaborators should also complete this form in with the help of their supervisor or sponsor to outline expected job functions for assignment of safety training.

Some examples of when this form may be used:

  • New graduate students that need lab/building keys or Polar Express access to IAB spaces
  • Staff members needing keys or Polar Express access to IAB spaces
  • Volunteers/collaborators that need access and safety training

This form will NOT be used to request assignment of new lab or office space within IAB. To request new or additional lab/office space, please complete the request form at https://uaf.edu/iab/administration/space.php.

Submission of this form will send an email to the IAB Safety Office, the supervisor listed, and to the employee email address entered. This email will contain further instructions tailored to the specific group selected, and a list of safety training that may be required of the employee based on expected job functions.


Please fill out the Field Travel Plan Form before you leave.

  • General Field Safety Class - please contact Mike Abels (x5063)
  • Driver's Safety Class (anyone who needs to drive a University vehicle must take this class) - contact Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management (EHS&RM) (x5413)
  • First Aid and CPR - contact Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management (EHS&RM) (x5413) or Red Cross (456-5937)
  • Bear Safety and Firearms Use Class - contact Joe Nava (479-2340)
  • Boating Classes - contact Coast Guard Auxiliary - Brian Marsh (488-3045) or Mike Robinson (457-2831)

Please fill out and contact Dan Uliassi, x5455, after the list is complete