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Training Requirements

On the first day of work, prior to commencement of work activities involving hazardous materials (chemical, biological and radioactive material), all new lab workers are required to receive Lab Specific Safety training. This lab specific training does not need to be performed all at the same time. Emergency procedures and general lab safety procedures must be covered when the new worker starts. Other items can be covered when the new worker begins that procedure. There are several mandatory training requirements that must be met by laboratory workers. It is the laboratory supervisor, Principal Investigator and Department Chair's responsibility to ensure that everyone in their area has met these requirements. Environmental Health and Safety provides the training in several ways: open sessions; departmental training and on-line training. The training attendance is recorded in the staff's PeopleSoft record.

New lab worker training checklist

Safety training may also be required to fulfill grant applications (NIH or IBC requirements).

EH&S offers training courses on-line through the Blackboard e-Education platform. Taking the courses on-line provides the same "credit" that you get when you attend the "live" classroom version. The on-line course can also be used to review the course material after you have taken the live class, or to take the annual refresher course, when required. Additional information on accessing these courses can be found on  Blackboard.

Use the  training worksheet for additional information on courses you may need to take.

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 Work in a lab with  Chemicals

ELS 002 - Lab Safety Chemical Hazards

Prior to starting work

ENV 001 - Hazardous Waste Management

Prior to starting work, refresher when new wastes are generated

 Work with  Formaldehyde 

ELS 009 - Formaldehyde Safety

Prior to starting work with formadehyde - Must still complete ELS 002

 Work with  Nitric Acid

ELS 024 - Nitric Acid Safety and Security

Prior to working in any lab that uses Nitric Acid

Work with  Biological Materials at any biosafety level

ELS 003 - Laboratory Safety - Safe Handling of Biological Hazards

Prior to working with Biological Materials

ENV 005 - Regulated Medical Waste

 Work with  Biological Materials at BSL-2

ELS 003 - Laboratory Safety - Safe Handling of Biological Hazards

Annually

 Work in a lab with  radioactive materials or  sources 

ERS 001 - Radiation Safety Orientation

Prior to working in the lab

ERS 002 - Annual Refresher

Annually thereafter

Have the potential to be exposed to  human blood, cells, tissue, or body fluids

EOS 004 - Bloodborne Pathogens

Annually

Generate or store hazardous  chemical wastes in your lab or work area

Place hazardous chemicals into waste containers

Transport waste containers from the lab for collection

Make any determinations as to what is a hazardous waste

ENV 001 - Hazardous Waste Management

Prior to handling or generating any chemical waste, and again

when new wastes are generated

Generate or store  biological wastes(cultures, cell lines, tissues, bodily fluids human or otherwise, etc)

Place biological waste into waste containers

Transport waste containers from the lab for collection

Make any determinations as to what is a biological waste

ENV 005 - Regulated Medical Waste Management

Prior to handling or generating any biological wastes

 If you ship, offer to  ship, transport, or place any hazardous materials into a container to ship, including:

Dry Ice

Liquid Nitrogen or LN2 cooled dewars

Chemicals

Diagnostic specimens

Samples for analysis

Biological materials

EOS 016 - Shipping of Dangerous Goods

Every two years (required by law)

 Work with, or mentor  high school students(also highly recommended for undergraduate lab TAs)

ELS 017 - Laboratory Safety Supervisor

Annually

 With in a  machine shop, or with  powered hand tools

EOS 029 - Machine Shop Safety

Prior to working with hand tools or in a machine shop

 Work with, in in a lab that uses,  Class 3 and/or  Class 4 lasers

ERS 003 - Laser Safety Training

Prior to working with, or in a lab with, Class 3/4 lasers

Work with, or in a lab that uses,  analytic x-ray devices

ERS 006 - X-ray Diffraction Safety

Prior to working with, or in a lab with, analytic x-ray devices

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