All lab members must undergo a variety of safety training courses before working in the lab. The instructions below are largely out of date but I'm sure a lot of it is relevant so I'm keeping them there for now. Before reviewing them, start here. That link could be all you need to do, now.

EH&S has implemented this page to (try to) make it easier to find the materials required for each person's situation. Visit that page and review the various options presented; for our lab, you will probably need to check:

  • Laboratory
  • Office
  • Bacteria, Viruses, or Biohazardous Agents
  • Chemicals
  • Sharps
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Centrifuge
  • Eyewash/Safety Shower


Depending on your project, you may need to additionally check the boxes for:

  • Fieldwork
  • Water (this includes SCUBA)
  • AED
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • 12-Passenger Van
  • Autoclave
  • Carcinogens (this includes formaldehyde and hydrofluoric acid)
  • Fume Hood, Biosafety Cabinet, or Glove Box
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Blood or Bodily Fluids


Note that the EH&S website is a confusing maze of links and dead-ends. Though the above page does tell you the general items that you need to be trained for, the links don't always direct you to any recognizable course materials. In particular, the Bloodborne Pathogen link leads to a short page that simply contains another link to the university's management plan. That training takes the form of an in-person class, and signup is directly managed by EH&S, but only via another page that you can't get to from there. I believe the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals training is also a centrally managed class but that is also not included on the above page.

Some of these links do lead to recognizable 'courses' that end with a form that needs to be completed to show that you underwent that particular training. Others are simply sets of slides that should be reviewed on the honor system. Once all of these trainings have been completed, you must print and fill out the acknowledgement form, file it with our lab's records, and submit the online acknowledgement of general laboratory safety training for the university's records. You can view a summary of your training records at this link; however, it is unclear to me which particular courses get recorded there, and which are just part of the general acknowledgement form.

Also note that some of these trainings are a one-time requirement, but others are required yearly. I'm not sure which are which.

As always, fieldwork must be planned ahead of time, and you need to keep up-to-date on annual or bi-annual CPR, First Aid, and other SCUBA- and boating-specific courses with Kevin (also keep certs current by diving at least a couple times every 6 months, and get your gear serviced yearly.)

Finally, while it's not safety-related, this is a good time to remind you that anyone working on NSF-funded grants needs to take annual ethics training, and that you should always be spending half of your brainpower at any given moment on considering what other pieces of bureaucracy you've forgotten about. (Don't forget to submit your completely blank time-sheets monthly!)


We also have lab-specific SOPs for potentially dangerous procedures: