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    1. Required Training and Purpose
    2. EH&S provides live and web based laboratory safety training to laboratory personnel.   It is the responsibility of the PI/supervisor to have new employees and students complete a training session before they begin bench work. EH&S training includes the following topics:

      1. The existence of the CHP and the requirements of OSHA’s Laboratory Standard.
      2. Control methods (engineering controls, work place practices, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment) to minimize employee exposure to hazardous chemicals in the laboratory.
      3. Modes of potential exposure to chemicals and signs and symptoms associated with exposure to common hazardous chemicals used in the laboratories.
      4. The location and availability of known reference materials within the University - including SDSs, information on the hazards, safe handling, and storage of chemicals.
      5. How to read and understand the information found on an SDS.
      6. The proper use of emergency equipment and the proper use, maintenance, and limitations of PPE, including respirators and hearing protection, and other safety equipment.
      7. Emergency procedures to follow in the event of a fire, exposure, or spill.
      8. Requirements for the storage and emergency response for chemicals as well as the disposal of hazardous waste in laboratories.
      9. Review and follow the information listed in the laboratory’s Standard Operating Procedures for particular hazardous chemicals and for the general procedures for hazard classes of chemicals.

      The PI/supervisor must provide and document the training/orientation for the laboratory staff under his/her direction. The training is to include topics such as departmental safety policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and any other procedures/activities performed in the employee’s work location(s).  When a new hazard(s) is/are introduced in the workplace, the PI/supervisor must train and document the training the employees received for these hazard(s).

    3. Documentation of Training
    4. Documentation of live general training is the responsibility of the EH&S. EH&S will grade attendance sheets and enter the results of training into the HRMS data system.

      Successfully completed general laboratory safety training through Blackboard or MyPath will automatically be entered into the HRMS data system.

      Site specific and continuing employee training and documentation of this training is the responsibility of the PI/Supervisor.  The Laboratory Safety Unit can provide reference and educational materials to assist the PI/supervisor and the LSO in the required site specific training for chemicals or procedures that may introduce a risk to the employees.  The LSO will assist in maintaining training records for staff members in the PI’s laboratories.

    5. Frequency of Training

      All individuals working at the bench or directly supervising persons who work at the bench are required to complete an EH&S Laboratory Safety Training session annually*.

      Site specific training addressing the hazards posed by the lab’s activities must be provided by the PI/supervisor upon initial assignment.  The PI/supervisor is to provide site specific training when new processes/procedures are implemented and maintain the associated documentation.  Should laboratory personnel be found not to follow safe working procedures, the PI/supervisor is to provide retraining and maintain the associated documentation.

      *Laboratory employees at LLE participate in LLE equivalent general lab safety training that is specific for their building or can complete a EH&S Laboratory Safety Training session.

QUESTIONS or COMMENTS? Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 7/30/2015. Disclaimer.