Train and Inform Lab Personnel

Supervisors are responsible for making sure that all personnel receive the appropriate safety training before entering the lab or whenever new procedures or hazards are introduced. Refresher training is best provided at regular intervals. Document any lab-specific training that is provided so it can be audited at any time.

Proper 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. Standard operating procedures should be developed to ensure the safety of those working around such hazards. In addition, SOPS are another great tool to assist with training of personnel so research methods are standardized.

 


 

Safety Training Content

Training Types & Tools

UVM Lab Safety Training Courses 

Upcoming Classroom Training Dates

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Refresher Training

Safety Training Documentation 

Safety Training Transcripts

 


 

Safety Training Content

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 sources:

  • 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

 


 

Training Types & Tools

Safety Training programs and services include:

  • Online and classroom safety training provided by UVM Risk Management & Safety. Use UVM NetID to Login or take safety training as a Guest here.
  • Group and individual training. Conducted by RM & S staff by lab or department 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.

 


 

Anyone who completes online or classroom safety training will be automatically added to the UVMLABSAFE listserve.  Safety staff use the UVMLABSAFE listserve to keep UVM lab workers up to date on important safety information. Traffic on this list is limited to 1-2 messages per month.  If you have not completed any safety training but would like to sign up for the list, put the following in the subject line of an email: SUB UVMLABSAFE

Send the email to:
LISTSERV@LIST.UVM.EDU

If you need help with this, contact us at safety@uvm.edu

UVM Lab Safety Training Courses

Training Title Required of: Initial Training Updates
Basic Laboratory Training - required of every lab worker

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 - May be required of lab workers handling biological agents (BSL-1, 2 or 3)
Basic Laboratory Biosafety (on-line) All Lab personnel using biological agents (BSL-1, 2 and 3) before working in lab once or as directed by LSO
Safe Use of Biosafety Cabinets (on-line) All Lab personnel using biological agents (BSL-1, 2 and 3) before working in lab once or as directed by LSO
Biowaste Management Procedures (on-line)

All Lab personnel using biological agents (BSL-1, 2 and 3)

before working in lab once or as directed by LSO

Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment  (classroom - sign-up) (See schedule below)

Anyone working in a BSL2 designated lab within 3 months of starting work in a UVM BLS-2 lab once or as directed by LSO
BBP: Safety Around Bloodborne Pathogens section(on-line) Workers at risk for contact with human blood 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 (classroom - sign-up or by 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
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
Trailer Towing Safety (on-line) Anyone towing a trailer for University-related activity Prior to towing trailer 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 2013 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)

  • Tuesday, June 10 at 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, June 25 at 9:00 am
  • Friday, July 19 at 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, August 5 at 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 10 at 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 8 at 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 4 at 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 4 at 1:30 pm

 

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

  • Wednesday, June 11 at 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 26 at 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, August 6 at 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 11 at 10:00 am
  • Friday, October 10 at 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, November 5 at 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 pm

 

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

  • Thursday, August 14 at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, August 29 at 9:30 am 
  • Thursday, September 11 at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, September 26 at 9:30 am
  • Thursday, October 16 at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, October 31 at 9:30 am
  • Friday, November 14 at 9:30 am
  • Friday, December 12 at 9:30 am

 

Fire Extinguisher Hands-on Training (45 minutes, outside Jeffords by Stafford Greenhouse)

  • Tuesday, July 29 at 1:15 pm
  • Tuesday, August 26 at 1:15 pm
  • Tuesday, September 30 at 1:15 pm
  • Tuesday, October 28 at 1:15 pm

 


 

Refresher Training

Annual Refresher Training, available online, is required of all laboratory workers at UVM and will change each year.  Risk Management & Safety staff can also provide this training for lab groups or departments in person in place of the online option.   


 

Safety Training Documentation and Training Transcripts

All safety training must be documented so it can be audited. If Supervisors conduct lab-specific training, be sure to document this training in writing in the lab safety notebook. 

Online or classroom safety training is recorded by Safety staff into a central UVM database. Individual safety training records can be viewed on the Laboratory Safety Training Records page. Use a UVM NetID to view or download individual safety training records.


 

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