This guide is designed to help new lab personnel determine what training is required, based on the potential hazards they will be exposed to while working in a laboratory at VU or VUMC. Most lab safety training topics are required before beginning work and annually.
|Complete training if the following hazards are present in the lab:||Training Title||Training Frequency||How Training is Provided|
|Chemicals||Chemical and Physical Safety in the Laboratory||initial and annual training||Available online in the Learning Exchange or as a live training lecture.|
|Chemicals||Chemical Waste Training for Lab Personnel||initial and annual training||Available online in the Learning Exchange and also included in the lecture presentation for Chemical and Physical Safety in the Laboratory.|
|Human blood, tissues or tissue cultures||Working Safely with Human-Derived Materials in the Lab||initial and annual training||Available online in the Learning Exchange and included in the instructor-led training for the Principles & Practices of Biosafety. New personnel should complete this training via an instructor led course if possible.|
|Ergonomic hazards (repetitive motion, static postures, cold, back injury prevention, etc.)||Laboratory Ergonomics||initial||Available online in the Learning Exchange.|
|Lasers||VU Laser Safety||initial and annual training||Available online in the Learning Exchange.|
|Radioactive material||Radioactive Material Safety||initial and annual||Initial Radioactive Material Safety training is provided in two parts. Part one is provided as a live lecture training session and part two is assigned online in the Learning Exchange. Annual refresher training is provided online in the Learning Exchange.|
|Analytical x-ray||Analytical X-Ray Safety||initial and annual||Available online in the Learning Exchange.|
|Biological materials and/or recombinant DNA||Biosafety 101: Standard Microbiological Practices||initial||Available online in the Learning Exchange. This training is the prerequisite for Principles & Practices of Biosafety.|
|Biological materials and/or recombinant DNA||Principles & Practices of Biosafety||initial and annual||Both initial and annual refresher training are available as instructor-led lecture sessions.|
|Other biological hazards (toxins, research animals, etc.)||Biological Safety Training||various||Refer to the Biosafety Training page and the Biosafety training guide.|
If you have questions about training requirements for laboratory staff, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you will have visitors in your lab, refer to Laboratory Safety for visiting students, staff and faculty.