6.1 Chemical Related Training Requirements

Initial training is required upon assignment to the lab and includes basic orientation for lab chemical safety plus laboratory-unique information and training. Basic lab chemical safety orientation training in online format is available through the EHS ICON course “Lab Chemical Safety” W008CM. The checklist for the required lab-specific portion of the chemical safety training is included with the online course. For more information, contact EHS at 335-8501. Upon completion of the online training course, the employee prints or is provided the EHS Lab Chemical Safety site-specific topics list.  This includes training items the lab unit must provide. Other training sources may also be used as long as the training requirements of the standard are met.  Section 6.2 provides some additional information for completing this training.

Additional training is required when a new hazard is introduced or when there is a need. Laboratory supervisors will provide or arrange for the additional training. Examples of a new hazard may be physical or health hazards associated with chemicals, or operations for which prior training was not received. Examples of a need for additional training may be to improve work practices, address measures to prevent a spill or accident from recurring, or to provide training for work with highly hazardous substances. Labs are encouraged to routinely include chemical health and safety topics in lab meetings or other communications with employees. (A specific interval for refresher training is not specified in the Lab Standard.)

Fire extinguisher training is required for employees expected to use fire extinguishers. For training arrangements contact the UI Fire Safety Coordinator at 335-5389.

Content of Required Training in the ‘Lab Standard’

  • Provisions of the Laboratory Standard.
  • The location and availability of the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Hazardous chemicals in the work area.
  • Physical and health hazards of the hazardous chemicals in the work area.
  • Protective measures for handling hazardous chemicals used in the work area.
  • Proper chemical handling procedures for all classes of materials used.
  • Labels and hazard warnings.
  • How to locate, interpret and use Safety Data Sheets.
  • How to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals in the work area.
  • Legal and recommended exposure limits.
  • Correct use of engineering controls, personal protective equipment, and any other methods used to reduce or eliminate exposure.
  • Signs and symptoms of overexposure.
  • Medical Services available.
  • A procedure for emergencies, spills and first aid.