Required training for those who work in a laboratory

    Laboratory users are strongly encouraged to complete any of the appropriate courses listed below based on their research needs.

    If you... then complete this training:
    Work with bloodborne pathogens Bloodborne Pathogens and Sharps Safety
    Work with select agents Biological Safety and Security Training for Select Agent Use (initial course, then refresher)
    Work with electrical equipment Electrical Safety and Lockout/Tagout
    Work with hazardous shipments Hazardous Materials Shipping Awareness
    Use lasers (Class 3B or 4) Laser Safety for the Operator
    Work in a laser laboratory (Class 3B or 4) Laser Safety Awareness (not for laser operators)
    Work with radioactive material Radiation Safety for Material Users (four parts, then refresher)
    Work in a radioactive material laboratory Radiation Safety Awareness Training (for those who do not handle radioactive material)
    Use radiation-producing devices X-ray Safety Fundamentals
    Use sealed radiation sources Sealed Source Radiation Safety
    Wear respirators Respirator Training (three parts, then recertification)


    If you... then complete this training:
    Store chemicals Laboratory Safety: Chemical Storage
    Use chemicals Laboratory Safety: Spill Procedures
    Use a fume hood Laboratory Safety: Fume Hoods
    Use compressed gases Laboratory Safety: Compressed Gas Cylinders
    Use nanotechnology Nanotechnology Safety
    Inspect laboratories Laboratory Safety: Laboratory Inspections
    Use an autoclave and/or biosafety cabinet Autoclave Safety Training and/or Biosafety Cabinets: Safe Use and Maintenance
    Use sharp materials Bloodborne Pathogens and Sharps Safety


    Responsibilities of supervisors

    Everyone planning to work with hazardous materials or processes must be adequately trained before beginning work. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring all personnel receive appropriate EH&S and lab-specific training. Document lab-specific training with the signature of the persons giving and receiving the training, the date, and the topics covered. Information communicated in the training should include:

    • A discussion of the Laboratory Safety Manual (PDF) and how it applies to activities conducted in specific work areas.
    • Laboratory-specific training on safety procedures and safe work practices
    • An explanation of the health hazards, signs, and symptoms of exposure to hazardous materials.
    • A description of personal protective equipment and laboratory safety devices that laboratory personnel can use to protect themselves from exposure.

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