Train and Inform Lab Personnel

When Is Safety Training required?

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 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!


General Safety Training Requirements

All laboratory workers must complete Basic Laboratory Safety Training. These 6 trainings are shown in the GREEN SECTION of the safety training matrix below. They include:

  • 4 online safety trainings, and
  • 2 classroom safety trainings 

 


Annual Refresher Training

If you have been working at UVM for more than one year, please complete an Annual Refresher Training each year. Annual refresher trainings are created based on injuries and incidents that happened within the year prior and are designed to keep lab personnel informed of any new regulatory changes as well.

Risk Management & Safety staff can also provide refresher training to lab groups or departments in person in place of the online option. 


Biological Safety Training

If you are working with biological materials, you are required to complete the trainings in the ORANGE SECTION of the training matrix in addition to all of the Basic Laboratory Training.

Note: Only those working in BSL-2 labs or those working with materials that require BSL-2 practices are required to complete the "Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level" training. Consult with UVM's Biosafety Officer if you are unsure or have questions.

 


Fire Safety Training

Fire Safety training may be found in the RED SECTION of the training matrix below. Additional trainings, such as Fire Safety Training or Laser Safety training, may be required based on the specific hazards with which you are working.

For example, if you are working with flammable liquids, flames or a laser, it is recommended that you also complete the following:

  • Fire Safety Training (online), 
  • Fire Extinguisher training (hands-on), and /or 
  • Laser Safety Training (online).

Anyone working with a laser, radioactive materials or a piece of equipment with an internal laser should contact the Radiation Safety Office as well.


How is lab-specific training delivered?

Lab-specific training is generally developed and delivered by the Lab Supervisor or designated Lab Safety Officer. This type of training would be provided in addition to the UVM Safety Training requirements below.

Lab-Specific training may include how to conduct a specific procedure, how to use compressed gases safely, or how to use a specific piece of equipment. Tools to use to delivering lab-specific training are shown below.

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are one tool that can be used to provide safe, detailed and standardized training. Written SOPs are recommended to ensure the safety of those working around individual hazards. 

Online Safety Videos

Identify Your Lab Hazards

Document Lab-Specific Training

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.


 

Safety Training: What To Include?

Safety Training: Types Offered

UVM Lab Safety Training Requirements

Upcoming Classroom Training Dates

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Safety Training Documentation 

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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

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 Types 

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 safety@uvm.edu to discuss.

 


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.  

 

UVM Lab Safety Training Courses

Name of Training Required By: When When To Update     

Basic Laboratory Safety Training:Every UVM lab worker is required to complete the trainings listed in this green section.          

Annual Refresher Training+

2016 Annual Refresher Training 

(on-line course)

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.

 


 

Upcoming Classroom Training Dates

 

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
  • Tuesday, September 27 at 2:30 pm in Colchester Research Facility room 109
  • 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
  • Tuesday, September 27 at 3:30 pm in Colchester Research Facility room 109
  • 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
  • Tuesday, September 27 at 1:00 pm in Colchester Research Facility room 109
  • Friday, October 14 at 9:30 am
  • Friday, November 11 at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, December 9 at 9:30 am

 

Second Annual Biosafety Symposium (TBD)

  • Check back for the 2016 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.
    • Friday, September 23 at 10:00 am

 

IATA Training for Shipment of Infectious Substances and Dry Ice

  • Check back for 2016 Training Information

 


 

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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