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!
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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
- 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).
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.
|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+
2017 Annual Refresher Training
|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 classroom - sign-up)
|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||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.
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.
Keeping Your Lab Safe (1.5 hours, Stafford 410)
- 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
- Wednesday, April 19 at 1:30 pm ** NEW DATE **
- Wednesday, June 7 at 10 am
- Tuesday, July 11 at 1:30 pm
- Tuesday, August 8 at 10 am
- Tuesday, September 19 at 1:30 pm
- 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, Stafford 410)
- 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
- Wednesday, April 19 at 3:00 pm ** NEW DATE **
- Thursday, June 8 at 1:30 pm
- Wednesday, July 12 at 1 pm
- Wednesday, August 9 at 1 pm
- Wednesday, September 20 at 1:30 pm
- 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, Stafford 410)
- Wednesday, February 22 at 9:15 am
- Wednesday, March 8 at 9:15 am
- Wednesday, April 12 at 9:15
- Wednesday, May 10 at 9:15
- Wednesday, June 14 at 9:15
- Wednesday, July 12 at 9:15
- Wednesday, August 9 at 9:15
- Wednesday, September 13 at 9:15
- Wednesday, October 11 at 9:15
- Wednesday, November 8 at 9:15
- Wednesday, December 13 at 9:15
- Check back for the 2017 date!
- Tuesday April 25 at 10:30 am
- Tuesday May 16 at 10:30 am
- Tuesday June 20 at 10:30 am
- Tuesday July 18 at 10:30 am
- Tuesday August 8 at 10:30 am
- Tuesday September 19 at 10:30 am
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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