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April 8, 2022


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Laboratory work requires knowledge, skill, and attention to detail. Laboratories have a variety of safety and health hazards. Employees need to understand each hazard and take proper precautions to protect themselves and coworkers at all times.

The Laboratory Safety Program supports departmental efforts to protect employees and students from injury, and to meet regulatory and industry standards. We work closely with academic, research, and campus support organizations to ensure the safest workplace possible. Laboratory related support includes laboratory safety equipment testing, fume hood testing, laboratory surveys, chemical inventory services, safety reviews, incident investigations, spill responses, and assistance with implementing laboratory safety regulations and standards. Laboratory safety applies to all employees or students who work in laboratories or work areas that use or store hazardous chemicals. Employees are expected to use work practices developed in accordance with this program to prevent harmful exposure or injury while using hazardous chemicals.

Why “Laboratory Safety Training” Matters:

Laboratories have a variety of safety and health hazards. You need to understand each hazard and take proper precautions to protect yourself and your coworkers at all times. Laboratories play a vital role in many companies. They enable businesses to search for, develop, and improve a wide variety of products and to expand and fine-tune scientific knowledge. It’s important for lab workers to protect themselves from dangerous exposure without limiting their ability to make productive use of chemicals. Physical hazards include fire, explosion, and reactivity with other substances. These hazards become realities when a chemical is used or stored improperly, exposing it to circumstances that could cause it to burn, explode, etc.

Key Points:

  • Conduct a risk assessment for each lab protocol you perform to determine the hazards you face;
  • Select appropriate safety measures, such as engineering controls, personal protective equipment (PPE), and work practices to eliminate or minimize risks;
  • Maintain a safe laboratory environment at all times; and
  • Be prepared to handle lab emergencies swiftly and effectively.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • Why Training? 00:20:00
    • Introduction to the Laboratory 00:25:00
    • Know Your Surroundings 01:20:00
    • Know What Hazards are Present 01:30:00
    • Lab Safety 00:10:00
    • General Lab Safety Rules 00:30:00
    • Lab Attire 00:10:00
    • Personal Habits 00:10:00
    • Safe Practices 00:10:00
    • Laboratory Information 00:40:00
    • Chemical Hygiene 00:40:00
    • Housekeeping Safety Rules 00:30:00
    • Dress Code Safety Rules  00:30:00
    • Personal Protection Safety Rules 00:30:00
    • Chemical Safety Rules 00:40:00
    • Chemistry Lab Safety Rules 00:20:00
    • Electrical Safety Rules 00:30:00
    • Laser Safety Rules 00:40:00
    • Labeling 00:20:00
    • MSDS 00:40:00
    • Hazard Communication 00:40:00
    • Exposure Control Plan 00:20:00
    • PPE 00:00:02
    • What is a Sharp? 00:15:00
    • Safe Practices 00:10:00
    • Disposal of Sharps 00:15:00
    • Sharps Log 00:10:00
    • Risk Group 00:50:00
    • Biological Safety Level 00:40:00
    • Signs and Labeling 00:40:00
    • Containment of Laboratory 00:30:00
    • Safety Equipment 00:15:00
    • Primary Barriers 03:00:00
    • Facility Design and Secondary Barriers 00:15:00
    • Decontamination 00:20:00
    • Chemicals 00:10:00
    • Autoclave 00:10:00
    • Incineration 00:10:00
    • Spills and Accidents 00:30:00
    • Waste Management 00:30:00
    • Laboratory Assessment 00:00:00
    • Laboratory Safety Certificate Training Test 00:45:00

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