Laboratory Safety Training Requirements

Safety training is required for anyone who works in or uses a research lab, instrument development shop, test facility or other space at UC San Diego where workplace hazards exist. This includes researchers, faculty, post-docs, students (graduates and undergrads), staff research associates, visiting scientists, and volunteers. All employees are required to take the in-person Injury and Illness Prevention Program training once during their career at UC San Diego.

Find UC San Diego research safety policies, procedures, and services for research and teaching laboratories at Research Safety.

 

Principal Investigators

 
  • New PI Orientation
Required for new or visiting PIs before they may operate any lab facility, or direct or supervise any employee within any lab facility.
  • Supervisor Safety Training
  • Read about supervisor's safety training responsibilities, when to provide training, documentation practices, and resources available to meet the challenge.

 

Minors in UC Research Facilities

 

Laboratories

Laboratories are defined as a facility where the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals occurs. It is a workplace where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis. Use or manipulation of biological or unsealed radiological materials would also qualify for this designation. 
  • Lab training requirements that must be completed prior to beginning work:
 
 
  • Annual Laboratory Hazards Training. This UC Learning Center eCourse covers hazardous materials handling, waste disposal, and emergency response. Refresher training is required annually.
 
  • The Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) is required for research spaces utilizing hazardous materials/equipment and identifies what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for lab activities. All lab personnel must review and acknowledge the assessment. All PPE required must be made available to personnel and documented in the tool.
    • Have your PI send you a copy of the completed LHAT on My Research Safety.
    • Review the assessment linked in the email you receive. Then click the links to certify you received Hazard Assessment training.
 
  • Hazard Control Plans (HCPs) must be created for work with hazardous chemicals/processes, and read/confirmed by all lab personnel who use the hazardous chemicals/processes.

 

Technical Research Areas

Technical Research Areas are defined as research spaces where no biological or radiological materials are used, and chemical usage is minimal. For example, small quantities of solvents or other materials are used to maintain or clean equipment.
  • Technical Research Area training requirements that must be completed prior to beginning work:
 
  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program. This in-person training is to help employees understand and avoid on-the-job risks. This course is to be completed once during your UC San Diego career.
 
  • Annual Shop & Studio Environmental Compliance & Hazards Training. This UC Learning Center eCourse covers hazardous materials handling, waste disposal, pollution prevention, environmental compliance and emergency response. Refresher training is required annually to comply with County Hazardous Materials requirements.
 
  • The Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) is required for research spaces utilizing hazardous materials/equipment and identifies what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for lab activities. All lab personnel must review and acknowledge the assessment. All PPE required must be made available to personnel and documented in the tool.
    • Have your PI/Supervisor send you a copy of the completed LHAT on My Research Safety.
    • Review the assessment linked in the email you receive. Then click the links to certify you received Hazard Assessment training.
 
  • Hazard Control Plans (HCPs) must be created for work with hazardous chemicals/processes, and read/confirmed by all lab personnel who use the hazardous chemicals/processes.

 

Inspections

  • Inspections of research spaces are coordinated with the EH&S inspector. A detailed response noting corrective actions is required within 10 days of receiving your report.
  • Laboratories are required to conduct self-inspections bi-annually and keep the Lab Self-Audit Forms for review by EH&S.
    • The Scripps Safety Coordinator will coordinate the self-inspections with laboratories.
  • Be Ready for the Inspector: Use the Blink page for information on Fire, Cal/OSHA, and CUPA inspections.

Research Dependent Requirements

Should you have any questions about the lab safety training or documentation requirements described here, please contact the EH&S Research Assistance Program Specialist assigned to SIO: Dennis Bithoulkas (dbithoulkas@ucsd.edu) or Scripps Safety Coordinator Allyson Long (arlong@ucsd.edu).

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