Training is required to ensure that all lab employees are informed about the hazards with which they work. These may including chemical, biological, radiological, and physical hazards as well as waste management procedures.

Laboratory Supervisors are ultimately responsible for ensuring that all lab personnel receive the appropriate safety information and training before conducting work in a lab or whenever new procedures or hazards are introduced. 

The Orientation/Training Checklist for New Laboratory Workers (PDF) is a tool to use to orient new lab workers to the lab. 

Safety Training Components

Several topics should be included in the training of laboratory workers. The following list is a starting point; it is not inclusive and may or may not apply to your specific work area. 

  • Emergency response procedures appropriate to individual laboratories
  • Building-specific safety features
  • UVM Laboratory Safety Trainings
  • Review of all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) (PDF)
  • Review of Safety Data Sheets including recognition of signs and symptoms associated with 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 specific lab equipment

Supervisors must also ensure that lab personnel are informed about and have access to the following informational resources:

  • Safety data sheets (SDS) for laboratory chemicals and biological agents. These are available from the chemical manufacturer or supplier, though internet sources, such as Wikipedia and Technical Data Sheets for specific chemicals, can also provide more detailed information. SDSs must be available to employees at all times and can be kept in a digital file on a lab computer or in printed form in a Lab Safety Notebook.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).

Lab-Specific Training

Lab-specific trainings should be completed for hazardous materials used in the lab, specific procedures/protocols (SOPs, IBC protocols, IACUC protocols, etc.), and safe operation of lab equipment. These lab-specific trainings should include the following:

  • Training outline/description of the contents of the training;
  • Date the training was completed;
  • The trainer (person delivering the training); and
  • Training attendees.

The outline/description of the contents of the training should be detailed enough to explain exactly what was covered by the training. 

One example of lab-specific training is the initial training or orientation to the lab, which should be completed before work begins. The following information should be covered during the basic orientation to the lab:

  • Information about all hazards in the lab, including risks of exposure and signs/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 (CUPFs), or written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
  • Safe use of laboratory equipment or apparatus; and
  • Demonstration and teaching of specific laboratory procedures.

Keep these documents in the Lab Safety Notebook so they may be reviewed during a lab audit or after an unexpected event has occurred in the lab (e.g. injury or near-miss).

Lab Safety Training Requirements

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 courses 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.

As of 1/1/2020, undergraduate students and visiting workers are no longer required to complete the classroom trainings (Keeping Your Lab Safe and Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers), provided there is active supervision when working in the lab. Active supervision is defined as a lab supervisor or lab safety officer who has completed all required trainings, is present AND in the the lab where the student is working, and understands the work being done.

*The lab supervisor may continue to require these two trainings at their discretion, and all lab workers must still be oriented to the lab, including emergency procecures.*

Undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs) are still required to complete all six basic lab safety trainings, as well as any other specific trainings that apply to the lab/activities. TAs are considered to be in a supervisory role, ensuring the safety of a group of students. 

UVM Lab Safety Training Courses
Name of Training Required By: When When To Update
Laboratory Safety Roles and Responsibilities (on-line course) All lab personnel before working in lab once or as directed by lab supervisor
Chemical Safety in the Laboratory (online course) All lab personnel before working in lab once or as directed by lab supervisor 
Laboratory Chemical Waste Disposal (online course) All lab personnel before working in lab once or as directed by lab supervisor 
Laboratory Ventilation and Chemical Fume Hoods (online) All lab personnel before working in lab once or as directed by lab supervisor 
Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers (classroom - sign-up) All lab personnel (except supervised undergrads/visitors) within 3 months of starting work in a UVM lab once or as directed by lab supervisor
Keeping Your Lab Safe (classroom - sign-up) All lab personnel (except supervised undergrads/visitors) within 3 months of starting work in a UVM lab once or as directed by lab supervisor 

 

 

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&S personnel will provide this training to groups or departments in person in place of this on-line option.

UVM Lab Safety Training Courses
Name of Training Required By: When When To Update
Annual Refresher Training* 2019 Annual Refresher Training (online course) All lab personnel unless they have taken basic lab safety in this calendar year. One year after starting work in lab Annually

 

 

Basic Biosafety Training:

Please note that some of the biosafety trainings have been replaced with CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) modules. Instructions for signing into CITI can be found here.

Every UVM lab worker handling biological agents is required to complete the first three trainings in this orange section. Note: it is not necessary to complete both BSL-1 and BSL-2 CITI courses. Complete the CITI course that applies to your lab.

Anyone at risk for being in contact with blood, tissues, primary cell lines or other potentially infectious material must complete the CITI OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training.

UVM Lab Safety Training Courses
Name of Training Required By: When When To Update

CITI BSL-1 Basic Course (online)

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All Lab personnel working in BSL-1 laboratories before working in lab every 3 years or as directed by lab supervisor or biosafety officer

CITI BSL-2 Basic Course (online)

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All lab personnel working in BSL-2 laboratories before working in lab and before attending BSL-2 classroom training every 3 years or as directed by lab supervisor or biosafety officer

Safe Use of Biosafety Cabinets (online)

All Lab personnel using risk group 2 biological agents at BSL-2 containment before working in lab once or as directed by lab supervisor or biosafety officer
Biowaste Management Procedures (online) All Lab personnel using biological agents before working in lab once or as directed by lab supervisor or biosafety officer
Personalized Lab Group Biosafety Training (in person) Recommended for 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

Available upon Request.

Please contact the biosafety team to schedule 

Jeff.LaBossiere@uvm.edu or Sarah.Roy@uvm.edu

Recommended annually, or as directed by lab supervisor or biosafety officer

CITI OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens (online)

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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
Name of Training Required By: When When To Update
Fire Safety Training (online) Anyone taking Hands-On Fire Extinguisher Training must take this beforehand. Recommended for anyone working with flammable liquids. as directed by lab supervisor
Fire Extinguisher Hands-on Training (register through classroom - sign-up): Held in warm weather only Recommended for anyone working in a laboratory. Recommended for anyone working with flammable liquids. as directed by lab supervisor
Evacuation Procedure Training (online) Recommended for anyone working in laboratory buildings Recommended for anyone working in laboratory buildings as directed by lab supervisor

 

Specialized Laboratory Safety Training
Name of Training Required By: When When To Update
Laser Safety (online) Anyone working with lasers Before working in a lab with lasers once or as directed by lab supervisor or laser safety officer
Lock-out Tag-out Training (online) Anyone repairing or maintaining their own equipment Prior to commencing repair or maintenance once or as directed by lab supervisor
Working at Heights (online) Anyone lab researcher working on the Votey or Aiken roof Prior to commencement of roof work once or as directed by lab supervisor
Working Safely with Formaldehyde (online) 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
Name of Training Required By: When When To Update
Voluntary Use of Disposable Respirators (online) 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 lab supervisor

 

Safety Training Transcripts: View or Download

Supervisors and/or Lab Safety Officers are responsible for checking safety transcripts to ensure that required lab safety trainings have been completed by all lab personnel. Supervisors should also document any lab-specific training delivered 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.

Records for online trainings completed through the CITI program can be viewed on the CITI Course Completion page. Records of Animal Research Trainings can be viewed on the CITI Lab Animal Research Training page.