Training Requirements for the Research Laboratory Work Environment

Environmental Health and Safety’s Walk-Around Worksite Checklist for the Research Laboratory Work Environment

This checklist should be completed your first day on the job.  The checklist serves as a tool for basic safety information specific to your environment and location.  It includes specific emergency information such as emergency assembly points, fire alarm pull stations, and emergency phone numbers.  In addition, basic safety information regarding hazardous materials, managing waste and spills, and personal protective equipment is provided.

Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety (PeopleSoft Online)

This is a required online training module which identifies the responsibility WFUHS has to provide employees with a safe and healthful workplace.  Communication about hazardous chemicals is an important part of this responsibility.  This hazard communication training serves to identify important safety issues surrounding chemicals such as exposures, health hazards, personal protective equipment (PPE), Material Safety Data Sheets, and chemical labeling systems.

Hazardous Waste Fundamentals (PeopleSoft Online)

This online training module is required for laboratory workers handling chemical wastes.  Hazardous Waste Fundamentals discusses regulatory responsibilities, characteristics of hazardous wastes, hazard information online, and the labeling, segregating, and disposing of hazardous chemicals properly. A hazardous waste refresher is conducted every spring.

For those individuals who will be working with formaldehyde:
Hazard Communication:  Working with Formaldehyde (PeopleSoft Online)

This online training module is required for research laboratory workers who will be working with formaldehyde. The purpose of this training is to communicate the physical and health hazards associated with formaldehyde.  The module also introduces the Formaldehyde Standard Operating Procedure, spills and other emergency procedures, what to do in the event of an exposure, and formaldehyde disposal.

For those individuals who will be working with non-human primates and/or non-human primate tissues:
Herpes B Virus (PeopleSoft Online)

This online training module is designed for all individuals who reasonably anticipate contact withmacaques, or macaque blood, body fluids, or other potentially infectious materials (i.e. unfixed tissue) and any individuals who work directly with macaques and/or handle macaque tissues (i.e. blood, cerebrospinal fluid, fresh or frozen tissue) in a wet laboratory. This training identifies the risk of the Herpes B virus, how to prevent exposure, what to do in the event of an exposure, as well as where to find additional information. An online update will be given every January.

Basic Lab Safety (Classroom)

This class is required for all research laboratory workers.  It is an in-depth lab safety class that encompasses chemical hygiene, hazardous waste, principles of biosafety, shipping of biologicals, laboratory security, personal protective equipment, and reporting of illnesses/injuries.  This class is offered monthly.  A Certificate of Completion will be granted at the end of the training session and credit will be given for this three hour course.

For any individuals who will be working with liquid radioisotopes:  Radiation Safety (Classroom). 

Radioactive materials pose their own unique hazards and all users must complete radiation safety training before beginning use of radioactive materials.  The training will cover basic concepts of radiation protection, WFUHS policies and procedures, general laboratory rules, and common problems and solutions. This class is offered monthly.  A Certificate of Completion will be granted at the end of the training session and credit will be given for this two hour course.

For anyone who ships diagnostic specimens and/or infectious substances, the following class is required:  Shipping of Infectious Substances Under IATA (Classroom)

This training is designed for any individuals who package and ship diagnostic specimens and/or infectious substances.  The class demonstrates the proper way to package these substances according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and US Department of Transportation (DOT). The class is offered on a quarterly basis.  Recurrent training is required every two years.

 

Last Updated: 07-22-2014
USNWR 2013-2014Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2014 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.