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Lab Safety Training

Oregon State University is committed to providing a safe laboratory environment for its researchers, faculty, staff, students and visitors. The goal of this introduction to laboratory safety is to minimize the risk of injury or illness to laboratory workers by promoting awareness of the potential hazards and how to mitigate them. Safe practice by laboratory workers requires continuing attention, training, and education.  

The modules below provide only initial training on the key components of lab safety.  Lab workers may need to complete additional training based on regulations for the materials and procedures in use by the lab. Environmental Health and Safety provides training and resources for a variety of laboratory safety issues, including radiation safety, chemical safety and biological safety.

Videos require Adobe Flash Player.  Videos can be viewed full-screen using the toggle located on the video control bar.

Outline of training material (pdf, 320kb)

Powerpoint Slides-handout (pdf, 128slides on 22 pgs, 3.8mb)

Upon completion of the modules, submit the acknowledgement of training form.

Modules 1 and 2: Program Overview and Safety Concepts (37 minutes)

Module 1 Program Overview

  • Why you need Lab Safety Training
  • Lab Safety Program Goals

Module 2 Safety Concepts

  • Key topics in laboratory safety
  • Research safety regulatations
  • Lab equipment safety overview

Modules 3 and 4: Safety Equipment and Supplies (29 minutes)

 Module 3 Safety Equipment and Supplies

  • Eyewash and showers
  • Fume hoods and biosafety cabinets
  • Fire extinguishers and first aid kits
  • Safety engineered sharps

Module 4 Best Work Practices

  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Personal Pretective Equipment (PPE)
  • Centrifuge safety
  • Drying ovens
  • Autoclave operation
  • Gas cylinder safety
  • Laboratory ergonomics

Modules 5 and 6: Chemical Use and Hazardous Waste (19 minutes)

Module 5 Chemical Use

  • Chemical storage
  • Hazard Communication - labels
  • Hazard Communication - MSDS
  • Hazard Communication - Lab hazard signs
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
  • Carcinogens
  • Chemical inventory program

Module 6 Hazardous Waste

  • Chemical and bio waste prep, storage, disposal
  • Universal waste
  • E-waste (and lab refrigerator disposal)
  • Waste discharge - City, State and Federal regs
  • Waste discharge - sanitary sewer requirements
  • Waste discharge - storm sewer requirements


Modules 7 and 8: Emergency Response and Additional Information (12 minutes)

Module 7 Emergency Response

  • Emergency response plans
  • Fires
  • Spills
  • Medical emergencies
  • Lab Safety Quick-Reference Guide
  • First aid kits and training

Module 8 Additional Info

  • Shipping and transporting hazardous material
  • EH&S website resources

Supplemental video"Experimenting with Danger".  This external link will take you to a 24min video by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).  This documentary provides an overview of challenges in laboratory safety at research universities, and includes review of fatalities at research labs at UCLA and Dartmouth and a lab explosion at Texas Tech University.

When you have completed the four online training videos, go to:

Laboratory Safety Training Acknowledgement