Train and Inform Lab Personnel

Why Is Safety Training required?

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 as well as waste management procedures.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all lab personnel receive the appropriate safety training at the following times:

  • before conducting work in a lab, or

  • whenever new procedures or hazards are introduced. 

Feel free to use the Orientation/Training Checklist for New Laboratory Workers to make sure you have covered the basics!

Building-specific Safety Features

Supervisors should train lab personnel about their building-specific safety features. Each lab building on campus has different emergency showers, fire safety equipment, sprinklers, etc. For example, the emergency showers in the new STEM Discovery building operate differently than the emergency showers in Votey building. 

It is crucial to receive proper training about your building-specific emergency equipment before it is needed. Take the time to review UVM building-specific safety features.

If you have any questions or would like Risk Management & Safety staff to come your buildinf-specific equipment iwith your lab group, please email us at safety@uvm.edu


 

Safety Training: What To Include?

UVM Lab Safety Training Requirements

Annual Refresher Training

Upcoming Classroom Training Dates

Safety Training Documentation & Transcripts

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Safety Training: What To Include?

At a minimum, lab workers should be trained about the following:

  • Emergency Response Procedures appropriate to individual laboratories.
  • General and laboratory-specific safety training. 
  • Review of all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • A review of Safety data Sheets and any symptoms associated with a potential exposure to a lab hazard.
  • 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

 

Lab-Specific Training

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.

Keep written documentation of any lab-specific training. It is best to document the following:

  • Date of the training,
  • Who was trained,
  • Name of the trainer, and
  • An outline of what was covered in the training.

Keep these documents in the Lab Safety Notebook so they may be reviewed during a lab audit or perhaps after an injury has occurred.

 

UVM Lab Safety Training Courses

Name of Training Required By: When to take When To take again   

Basic Laboratory Safety Training: Lab Workers must complete the 4 online and 2 classroom trainings shown below. Online trainings should be completed prior to working with hazardous materials. Classroom trainings should be completed as soon as possible.  If PI provides lab- specific training, follow the directions regarding documentation of lab-specific training on the Lab Safety Notebook page of this website.

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

Annual Refresher Training: Lab personnel are required to take one annual refresher training per year, after one year of service in the lab. The refresher trainings are designed to refresh lab personnel of regulations and policies as well as a review of campus incidents that may have occurred in the year prior.  Safety staff can provide Refresher Training to lab groups in person in place of the online training, as requested.

Annual Refresher Training+

2017 Annual Refresher Training 

(on-line course)

All lab personnel, unless they have taken the 6 Basic Lab Safety Trainings in THIS calendar year. One year after starting work in lab Annually

Basic Biosafety Training

Every UVM lab worker who handles biological agents is required to complete the first three (3) trainings shown below 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 annually.

Basic Laboratory Biosafety (on-line) All Lab personnel using any biological agents before working in lab every 3 yrs or as directed by Biosafety Officer
Safe Use of Biosafety Cabinets (on-line) All Lab personnel using risk group 2 biological agents at BSL-2 containment before working in lab every 3 yrs or as directed by Biosafety Officer
Biowaste Management Procedures (on-line)

All Lab personnel using biological agents

before working in lab every 3 yrs or as directed by Biosafety Officer

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 every 3 yrs or as directed by Biosafety Officer
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 online training beforehand.  Recommended for anyone working with flammable liquids. as directed by your LSO or Supervisor

Fire Extinguisher Hands-on Training (register through  classroom - sign-up)

Recommended for anyone working with bunsen burners or flames in any way. An excellent life skill as well. Recommended for anyone working with flammable liquids. as directed by your LSO or Supervisor
Evacuation Procedure Training(on-line) Recommended for anyone working in a laboratory building.  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) Anyone working with ANY TYPE of laser. before working in lab once or as directed by LSO
Lock-out Tag-out Training (on-line) Anyone repairing or maintaining their own machines or equipment Prior to commencing repair or maintenance once or as directed by Safety Officer
Working at Heights(on-line) Any 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 LCOM 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 Follow the 4 steps of the Respiratory Protection Program. 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. Follow the 4 steps of the Respiratory Protection Program. 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.

UVMLABSAFE

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.  

 

 

Upcoming Classroom Training Dates

Keeping Your Lab Safe (1.5 hours,   Location: Stafford 410)

Description: This training reviews best laboratory safety practices outlined in the UVM laboratory self-inspection checklist and provides tips and tricks for making safety part of your everyday lab work.

Pre-requisites:  Students are expected to have completed the 4 online safety trainings in the green section BEFORE attending this training.

Next Available Training:

  • Tuesday, October 17 at 10 am
  • Wednesday, November 8 at 1 pm
  • Tuesday, December 5 at 1:30 pm

 

Emergency Response for Lab Workers (1.5 hours,   Location: Stafford 410)

Description: This training is required for all UVM laboratory workers who work in any UVM lab for 3 months or more. It describes how to identify, assess and respond to a variety of emergency situations in the laboratory.

Pre-requisites: Attendees are expected to have completed the 4 online safety trainings in the green section of the training matrix BEFORE attending this training. 

Next Available Training:

  • Thursday, October 19 at 10 am
  • Thursday, November 9 at 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 7 at 10 am

 

Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level (1.5 hours,  Location: Rowell 011)

Description: This class is approximately 1.5 hrs long. The first half of the class consists of a review of the most prominent biosafety related issues found in UVM BSL-2 laboratories. The second half of the class is dedicated to group biosafety assessment activities. 

Pre-requisites: Attendees are expected to have completed the 4 online safety trainings in the green section AND the online safety trainings in the orange section of the training matrix BEFORE attending this training. 
 

Next Available Training:

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM

 

Fire Extinguisher Hands-on Training

  • Done for this year due to weather. Please contact safety@uvm.edu for specific group requests.

 


 

Safety Training Documentation: View or Download Safety Training Transcripts

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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