Laboratory Safety Fundamentals
Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Departments at colleges or universities are traditionally responsible for planning, implementing, and administering the campus’ EH&S program, and for providing training and inspection to ultimately ensure compliance with OSHA regulatory safety standards. Compliance with these laws ensures an environmentally safe place to work and study for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
In partnership with University of California, this course was designed to inform personnel working in non-production laboratories, using small quantities of numerous kinds of hazardous materials, of the general safety and health requirements developed specifically for work in these facilities.
Colleges and Universities looking for a turn-key online compliance training solution, can use this course as is, or easily customize it to meet site specific needs.
“We have been trying to think globally in all our initiatives and to develop an improved laboratory safety culture throughout the UC system. Now other institutions can benefit from our efforts to improve their own safety systems by simply customizing parts of this Laboratory Safety Fundamentals course.” -- Erike Young, EH&S Director at University of California
This course is designed to assist in maintaining a safe work environment. It covers the rights and responsibilities of a laboratory researcher. It also describes the University’s responsibility for maintaining a safe work environment. The course was developed for researchers, students and faculty working in a university or college research laboratory.
- 29CFR Part 1910 – Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
- 29CFR Part 1910, Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances
- CFR 1910.1450 – Laboratory Safety
- CRF 1910.1200 – Hazard communication
- CFR 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection
- ANSI/AIHA – Z9.5-2003 Laboratory Ventilation Standard
- Recognize the need for a strong culture of safety in academic research laboratories.
- Recognize that this fundamentals training course is just the beginning; that throughout your scientific career you will receive more advanced and continuous safety education.
- Identify the steps in the Integrated Safety and Environmental (ISEM) system.
- Recognize the need to integrate safety into all activities conducted in the laboratory.
- Identify the elements that comprise proper risk assessment for a laboratory.
- Given a scenario, recognize the hazards and identify the potential risks associated with different hazards.
- Recognize hierarchy of controls to protect laboratory personnel.
- Identify common laboratory safety control measures within each control category.
- Given a scenario, identify specific safety controls that should be in place.
- Identify minimum personal protective attire appropriate for your laboratory environment.
- Identify and use the appropriate safe work practices for your specific activity.
- Recall warning signs and symptoms of exposure to hazardous materials.
- Recognize the requirement for exposure monitoring and be aware of the conditions when exposure monitoring should occur.
- Identify the correct procedures to follow before, during, and after upset conditions/emergency situations
- Identify rights and responsibilities of laboratory workers and responsibilities of the University to ensure the safety of laboratory personnel.