Laboratory Safety Training

Environmental Health and Safety has designed a number of training courses with laboratory staff in mind, the Laboratory Safety Training for Chemical and Biological Hazards courses. These classes not only fulfill the OSHA and PESH requirements for annual Hazard Communication Training, they also meet the annual requirements for NIH, US Army and other organizations that fund research grants. These courses are designed to provide information on basic hazard assessment and guidelines for working safely in the laboratory. All new laboratory employees should attend these programs and may be required to attend annually by granting or other compliance agencies.

Required Training for Laboratory Personnel

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the NY State Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau (PESH) regulations require that employees are provided with training. The training that is needed for any employee is determined by the job that they perform, the hazards associated with their duties and regulatory requirements.

Supervisors are responsible to see that those persons that they manage or supervise receive the necessary training.

The following is a list of training courses provided by Environmental Health and Safety on a regular basis throughout the year. Click one of the following links to get a detailed description about a course:

Who should attend these courses?

Hazard Communication Training
OSHA and, for New York State employees PESH, require that all employees working with hazardous chemicals and materials attend Hazard Communication Training after starting on the job and that they receive an annual refresher. "Hazardous chemicals and materials" includes anything from acids to janitorial or office supplies that can cause harm to someone who uses or is exposed to such material.
Chemical Hazards
All employees assigned to a work area where hazardous chemicals are present should take this course at the time of initial assignment, prior to assignments involving new exposure situations. This course will provide employees with adequate information and training to ensure that they are apprised of the hazards of chemicals present in their work area.
Biological Hazards
All University/University Hospital employees working in Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratories and/or above must receive training at the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter.

Training Schedule

To view the schedule for these training courses, please see the Training Class Schedules page.


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