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Lab Safety Training

Laboratory researchers require safety training relevant to the risks they face.

Simplified Summary of Training Requirements

Course Initial Refresher Notes Methods/Options
General Lab Safety Yes None yet; recommended every three years. Commensurate to the activities and risk exposures of the lab. EHS provides a broad approach, and ensures basic concepts are covered. Classroom (scheduled or requested)
or Canvas modules
Lab Specific Safety Yes As needed As specific hazards require. Performed by Principal Investigators or their designees
Hazardous Waste Yes Annual All hazardous chemical users must take at least once. If they generate or handle hazardous waste then they must repeat annually. If the researcher is a non-chemical user they do not have to take this course. Classroom (scheduled or requested);
or Canvas modules
Special Topics As needed (e.g. electrical, specific chemicals, equipment, or apparatus) Classroom-requested); Some Canvas modules are available; or PI planned and delivered (may request assistance from EHS).

Brief Course Descriptions

General Lab Safety

EHS offers a course usually monthly or on request for large or small groups). Individuals may also access a form of this training in Canvas. It is targeted to all laboratory researchers.
The goalĀ  is to introduce:

  • safety concepts
  • a wide range of potential hazards
  • hazard controls
  • mitigation of consequences of accidents or emergencies.

Laboratory oriented Hazard Communication is included in General Lab Safety Training.

Lab Specific Training

To be conducted by PIs or their designee. New researchers should be introduced to the lab space, conditions, relevant hazards, laboratory policies and procedures, as well as any pertinent documentation or plans, such as the Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous chemicals used in the lab must be disposed of safely and according to specific regulations. In addition, general hazardous chemical users may encounter or experience a spill or accidental release. When these occur, proper procedures must be followed to protect people and ensure proper handling of the waste generated in the spill.

If you handle or generate chemical hazardous waste, you must take the Hazardous Waste training annually. This can be completed through:

  • Canvas
  • as a standalone course (by request)
  • or as a course in tandem with a General Lab Safety course offered by EHS

Special Topics

Several special topics may apply to laboratory research. While most additional chemical hazards should be trained on through Standard Operating Procedures of your Chemical Hygiene Plan, it may be helpful to take a course.

Such training topics can be facilitated by PIs. EHS also offers some special topics in a classroom setting or in Canvas. EHS periodically adds new special topics to Canvas. (Examples include, Compressed Gases, or Hydrofluoric Acid).

Training Documentation

Training conducted by yourself, other lab personnel, or online should always be documented. EHS has forms available for this purpose, and they can be found here:

These can also be used to document any training that is taken with EHS if no other documentation is provided. All training documentation should be kept in the Lab Safety Manual in your lab.

Important Canvas Records Note:

If taking Canvas Training, you do not need to take all modules, only those assigned. For a record please go to your “Grades” and print or print-to-pdf (save a copy) your grades. This should be submitted to your PI or lab manager.


See the section related to training in the Laboratory Health and Safety Policy here.

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