Proper safety training is required to ensure that all lab employees are informed about the hazards with which they work. This may including chemical, biological, radiological and physical hazards.
Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all personnel receive the appropriate safety training at the following times:
- before conducting work in a lab, or
- whenever new procedures or hazards are introduced.
Standard operating procedures should be developed to ensure the safety of those working around individual hazards. SOPS are a good tool to assist with training of personnel so research methods are standardized.
Lab-specific training should be provided in addition to UVM Safety Training requirements. Lab-specific training should be documented in the Lab Safety Notebook and may be audited at any time.
Refresher training is best provided at regular intervals.
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At a minimum, employee training should include:
- Emergency Response Procedures appropriate to individual laboratories.
- General and laboratory-specific safety training.
- Review of all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- A review of symptoms associated with a potential occupational exposure.
- Methods of detecting the presence of hazardous chemicals (observation, signage and labelling, odor, real-time monitoring, air sampling, etc.)
- Best practices designed to reduce personal exposure and to control physical hazards,
- Mechanisms and warning systems associated with lab equipment.
Supervisors must also ensure that laboratory employees are informed about and have access to the following information resources:
- Safety data sheets (SDS) for laboratory chemicals and biological agents. These are available from the chemical manufacturer or supplier. Internet sources, such as Wikipedia and Technical Data Sheets for specific chemicals, can also provide more detailed information. Safety Data Sheets must be available to the employees at all times. SDS can be kept in a digital file on a lab computer or in printed form in a Lab Safety Notebook available in the work area.
GHS symbols on Safety Data Sheets
- Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) for OSHA regulated substances.
- The UVM Chemical Hygiene Plan and lab-specific standard operating procedures.
- An introduction to the UVM Environmental Management Plan and Lab Waste Management procedures.
- The contents of the OSHA lab standard, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, and its appendices (29 CFR 1910.1450).
All lab-specific training should be documented in the Lab Safety Notebook.
The Lab Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all lab workers have training about the specific hazards in their lab. This lab-specific training should include:
- Information about any hazards in the lab, including risks of exposure and signs and symptoms of overexposure.
- How to reduce the risk of exposure to lab-specific and procedure-specific hazards.
- Where to find information on hazardous materials (e.g. Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), Chemical Use Planning Forms, or written Standard Operating Procedures).
- Safe use of laboratory equipment or apparatus
- Demonstration and teaching of specific laboratory procedures.
Safety Training programs and services include:
- Online and classroom safety training: This type of training is offered by UVM Risk Management & Safety. Use a UVM NetID when available. "Guests" may also complete online safety training. Go here.
- Group or individual training: Conducted by UVM Risk Management & Safety. Offered to lab groups and departments at their request.
- Literature describing proper safety practices & protocols (Standard Operating Procedures and other references).
- Video libraries online and at UVM. Contact email@example.com to discuss.
Anyone who completes online or classroom safety training will be automatically added to the UVMLABSAFE listserve. Risk Management & Safety uses the UVMLABSAFE listserve to keep UVM lab workers up to date on important safety information.
Traffic on this listserve is limited to 1-2 messages per month.
|Name of Training||Required By:||When||When To Update|
Basic Laboratory Training: Every UVM lab worker is required to complete the trainings listed in this green section.
Annual Refresher Training+
2016 Annual Refresher Training
|All lab personnel||One year after starting work in lab||Annually|
|Laboratory Safety Roles and Responsibilities (on-line course)||All lab personnel||before working in lab||once or as directed by LSO|
|Chemical Safety in the Laboratory (on-line course)||All lab personnel||before working in lab||once or as directed by LSO|
|Laboratory Chemical Waste Disposal (on-line course)||All lab personnel||before working in lab||once or as directed by LSO|
|Laboratory Ventilation and Chemical Fume Hoods (on-line)||All lab personnel||before working in lab||once or as directed by LSO|
|Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers (classroom - sign-up) (See schedule below)||all lab personnel (except for studio workers)||within 3 months of starting work in a UVM lab||once or as directed by LSO|
|Keeping Your Lab Safe (classroom - sign-up) (See schedule below)||All lab personnel||within 3 months of starting work in a UVM lab||once or as directed by LSO|
Basic Biosafety Training
Every UVM lab worker handling biological agents is required to complete the first three trainings in this orange section.
Anyone working in a lab designated BSL-2 must complete Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment training.
Anyone at risk for being in contact with blood, tissues, primary cell lines or other potentially infectious material must complete Safety Around Bloodborne Pathogens training.
|Basic Laboratory Biosafety (on-line)||All Lab personnel using any biological agents||before working in lab||once or as directed by BSO|
|Safe Use of Biosafety Cabinets (on-line)||All Lab personnel using risk group 2 biological agents at BSL-2 containment||before working in lab||once or as directed by BSO|
|Biowaste Management Procedures (on-line)||
All Lab personnel using biological agents
|before working in lab||once or as directed by BSO|
Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level (classroom - sign-up) (See schedule below)
|Anyone working in a BSL2 designated lab, using risk group 2 or 3 agents, such as any human derived materials (e.g., cell lines, tissues and organs) and biotoxins||before working in lab||once or as directed by BSO|
|Safety Around Bloodborne Pathogens (on-line)||Workers at risk for contact with human blood, tissues, primary cell lines or other potentially infectious material (OPIM)||before working in lab||annually, as required by OSHA standard|
|Fire and Life Safety Training|
|Fire Safety Training (on-line)||Anyone taking Hands-On Fire Extinguisher Training must take this beforehand.||Recommended for anyone working with flammable liquids.||as directed by your LSO or Supervisor|
Fire Extinguisher Hands-on Training (register through UVM Professional Development & Training HERE - look for "Hands-On Fire Extinguisher Training". See schedule below.
You can also submit a group request).
|Recommended for anyone working in a laboratory.||Recommended for anyone working with flammable liquids.||as directed by your LSO or Supervisor|
|Evacuation Procedure Training(on-line)||Recommended for anyone working in laboratory buildings||Recommended for anyone working in laboratory buildings||as directed by your LSO or Supervisor|
|Specialized Laboratory Safety Training|
|Dry Ice Shipping Training(on-line)||Anyone shipping non-hazardous samples with dry ice||Prior to shipping non-hazardous samples with dry ice||every 3 years, per DOT standard|
|Laser Safety (on-line)||lasers||before working in lab||once or as directed by LSO|
|Lock-out Tag-out Training (on-line)||Anyone repairing or maintaining their own equipment||Prior to commencing repair or maintenance||once or as directed by Safety Officer|
|Working at Heights(on-line)||Anyone lab researcher working on the Votey or Aiken roof||Prior to commencement of roof work||once or as directed by Safety Officer|
|Working Safely with Formaldehyde (on-line)||Workers in the Anatomy Lab. Recommended for anyone working with formaldehyde, formalin, or paraformaldehyde.||Prior to working with formaldehyde or formaldehyde soultions.||annually, as required by OSHA standard|
|Disposable Respirator Use in the Lab Training|
|Required Use of Disposable Respirators||Workers required to wear a disposable respirator as identified in a Risk Assessment or who are exposed to concentrations at or above the PEL||Submit a Request for Respirator Use Form to the Training and Compliance Office.||annually, as required by OSHA standard|
|Voluntary Use of Disposable Respirators||Workers who choose to wear a disposable respirator at levels below the Permissible Exposure Level.||Submit a Request for Respirator Use Form to the Training and Compliance Office.||once or as directed by Safety Officer|
+If you have not completed the 2015 Refresher Training yet, it is still available on-line. Please complete this requirement as soon as possible.
Keeping Your Lab Safe (1.5 hours, Stafford 410)
- Wednesday, May 4 at 9:00 am
- Tuesday, June 7 at 1:30 pm
- Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 am
- Wednesday, August 3 at 1:30 pm
- Wednesday, September 7 at 9:00 am
- Wednesday, October 12 at 1:30 pm
- Thursday, November 10 at 1:30 pm
- Tuesday, December 6 at 10:00 am
Emergency Response for Lab Workers (1.5 hours, Stafford 410)
- Tuesday, September 13 at 1:30 pm
- Wednesday, October 19 at 9:00 am
- Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 am
- Tuesday, December 13 at 1:30 pm
Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level (1.5 hours, Stafford 410)
- Thursday, September 8 at 1:30 pm
- Friday, October 14 at 9:30 am
- Friday, November 11 at 1:30 pm
- Friday, December 9 at 9:30 am
- Check back for the 2016 date!
- Friday August 19 at 10:00 at the Stafford Loading Dock (between Jeffords building and Stafford Greenhouse). LAB WORKERS ONLY. SIgn-up HERE.
- Tuesday August 23 at 10:00 same location as above. Use link above to sign up.
- The following training dates have been arranged through HR Professional Development and Training. These trainings will all meet in Billings 165. Sign-up HERE.
- Thursday, August 25 at 10:00 am
- Friday, September 23 at 10:00 am
- Check back for 2016 Training Information
Annual Refresher Training is available online. Annual Refresher Training is required of laboratory workers who have been at UVM for over one year. A new refresher training is created each year based on incidents and accidents that have happened on campus. Risk Management & Safety staff can also provide refresher training to lab groups or departments in person in place of the online option.
Supervisors and/or Lab Safety Officers are responsible for checking safety transcripts to ensure that required lab safety training has been completed by lab personnel. Supervisors should also document any lab-specific training they provide in the lab safety notebook. Details about how to document lab-specific training can be found on the Lab Safety Notebook page.
Online or classroom safety training is recorded by Risk Management & Safety staff into a central UVM database. Individual safety training records can be viewed and/or printed on the Laboratory Safety Training transcripts page. Enter a UVM NetID or a Guest name to view or download individual lab safety training records.
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