Train and Inform Lab Personnel

When Is Safety Training required?

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!


 

Safety Training: What To Include?

UVM Lab Safety Training Requirements

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 When To Update     

Basic Laboratory Safety Training: Lab Workers must complete these basic laboratory safety trainings: 4 online and 2 classroom. Online course should be done prior to working with hazardous materials.  Classroom should be completed as soon as possible and prior to working with hazardous materials without direct supervision.  If lab specific training is used instead of these courses, follow the directions for documenting lab-specific training.

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 the annual refresher training unless they are new to the lab this calendar year. These refresher courses inform you of changes in regulations and policies as well as highlight incidents and issues relevant to lab work at UVM.  RM& Spersonnel will provide this training to groups or departments in person in place of this on-line option.

Annual Refresher Training+

2016 Annual Refresher Training 

(on-line course)

All lab personnel unless they have taken basic lab safety in this calenadr year. One year after starting work in lab Annually

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.

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, Stafford 410)

  • Tuesday, December 6 at 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, January 10 at 9:30 am
  • Tuesday, February 14 at 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, March 15 at 9:30 am
  • Tuesday, April 11 at 1:30 pm

 

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

  • Tuesday, December 13 at 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 12 at 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 10:00 am
  • Thursday, March 16 at 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 1:30 pm

 

Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level (1.5 hours, Stafford 410)

  • Friday, December 9 at 9:30 am

 

Classroom Trainings in Colchester Research Facility 202 on Tuesday, December 13

If you do not work at the CRF, please e-mail Sonia for instructions on how to enter the building at: mgodoytu@uvm.edu

  • Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level at 1:00 pm
  • Keeping Your Lab Safe at 2:30 pm
  • Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers at 3:30 pm 

 

Second Annual Biosafety Symposium (TBD)

  • Check back for the 2017 date!

 

Fire Extinguisher Hands-on Training

  • The following training dates have been arranged through HR Professional Development and Training. These trainings will all meet in Billings 165. Sign-up HERE.
    • 2017 dates have not yet been scheduled. Please check back!

 


 

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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