Laboratory Safety Manual

25 Laboratory Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety E Training Principal investigators (PI) and/or laboratory supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all personnel are properly trained before they begin work in a laboratory and that they receive additional training when new hazards or procedures are introduced. At minimum, laboratory employees are required to complete training through the Learn@ISU as outlined in the Safety Training Curriculum for Laboratory Personnel. Laboratory-Specific Training In addition to general Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) training, all laboratory personnel, including students, must receive laboratory-specific training on the following topics: • location and content of the Laboratory Safety Manual • physical, chemical, biological, laser, and radiation hazards in the work area, including signs and symptoms of exposure and allowable exposure limits, using applicable safety data sheets (SDS) content • location of references describing hazards and safety practices associated with laboratory materials (Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, Merck Index,and SDS, etc.) • protective measures necessary to avoid exposure or injury, as specified in the laboratory’s Standard Operating Procedures • procedures for responding to laboratory emergencies (chemical spill(s), fire, severe weather, etc.) as outlined in the laboratory’s Emergency Action Plan • methods to detect the presence of contamination or the release of chemical, biological and radiological materials • procedures for obtaining medical care in the event of exposure/injury • proper waste management and disposal procedures • proper record keeping Document laboratory-specific training on the Site-Specific Training form. Refresher Training Retraining intervals for EH&S provided courses are identified in each course description and on course certificates. Intervals are determined by regulations, the EH&S training program, performance, and course evaluations (ANSI/ASSP Z490.1). For courses without a specific regulatory refresher cycle, EH&S recommends training every three years. Ultimately, a supervisor must carefully monitor employee understanding and skill. If laboratory personnel exhibit a lack of knowledge, or if work conditions and tasks change, retraining is required.