Laboratory Safety Training

Any individual working in a laboratory to include laboratory personnel and support services staff must complete safety training commensurate with their level of participation in laboratory activities and the duties they perform. Laboratory safety training includes classes provided by EHS and laboratory-specific training provided by Principal Investigators and Laboratory Supervisors.

EHS laboratory safety classes are offered on a routine basis at the Fairfax and Science and Technology campuses. To view the class schedule and register for training, click here.

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What Training Classes do I Need?

Laboratory-Specific Training

It is the responsibility of Principal Investigators and Laboratory Supervisors to ensure that adequate and appropriate training is provided, and personnel have the necessary knowledge and proficiency to work safely in the laboratory. It is the responsibility of laboratory personnel to make sure they have sufficient knowledge, understanding, and experience to conduct work in a safe manner. The Laboratory Training Checklist is available to assist personnel in identifying their training needs. The Laboratory Training Log  provides a mechanism to document training completed in the laboratory.

Who Needs Lab Specific Training?

All researchers, students, staff, and volunteers who work with hazardous materials or processes in the laboratory must receive training specific to laboratory where they work and commensurate with their laboratory duties and activities.

Who Can Provide Lab Specific Training

A Principal Investigator or Laboratory Supervisor may authorize another person to conduct training on their behalf, provided that this person has the appropriate knowledge and experience to provide training and instruction for the given material. However, the Principal Investigator or Laboratory Supervisor remains ultimately responsible for training of personnel working in their laboratory.

How Should Lab Specific Training be Documented?

Training documentation must state who was trained, the date training occurred, and the topics covered. Documentation should be retained for as long as the individual continues to work in the laboratory. The Laboratory Training Log should be used to document training and should be updated whenever additional training is provided. Training documentation should be reviewed regularly to verify the information is current.

The log should include the name of the individual being trained, the Principal Investigator or Lab Supervisor responsible for their training, a list of topics, tasks, or materials on which they are trained, and the date the training was completed. For basic information, such as the location of the Lab Emergency Poster or SDS library, the date completed may be the same day that the information was provided. This will not be the case for more extensive tasks or procedures that require practice and repetition. If an individual has prior knowledge or experience on a given task, procedure, or piece of equipment, training is considered complete when the trainee demonstrates their knowledge and proficiency to the Principal Investigator’s satisfaction.

How Often Must Lab Specific Training be Provided?

Training must be provided initially when the individual joins the laboratory, whenever the hazards or processes change, or whenever the individual’s tasks, duties, or responsibilities change.

 

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