6.2 How to Complete the Lab Chemical Safety Training

The lab chemical safety training consists of two parts. Part 1 is the EHS ICON course “Lab Chemical Safety” W008CM located via the HR Employee Self Service web site.  At the end of this online training module, the employee prints the Lab Chemical Safety Site-Specific training checklist.  The lab employee’s supervisor or trainer and the employee must go through the checklist together to complete Part 2 of the training then each sign the checklist to document completion. Keep this completed document with the lab safety records.  

Tips for completing the EHS Lab Chemical Safety Site-Specific training checklist

The following are the topics required to be provided in-person to the employee before beginning lab work with chemicals.  This is part 2 of the Lab Chemical Safety training.  Some explanatory information is provided in ”Tips” next to some of the topics:

  • The employee has read the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Informed of location and how to access the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Shown how to quickly access SDSs for materials used in the laboratory.
  • Notified if supervisory approval is needed before using certain hazardous chemicals.
  • Instructed to review lab SOPs or specific lab safe work practices.
  • Informed that if a new hazard is introduced into the lab, additional training may be required.
  • Informed of signs and symptoms associated with exposure to hazardous chemicals used in the laboratory.
    • “Tip”: This information can be most easily found in the SDS Hazard Identification section 2 for the chemical used in the lab. If a chemical used in the lab has an OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) or other established exposure limit, it is important to discuss this information with the employee.  It can be located in the SDS Exposure controls/personal protection Section 8. The PELs can also be located for many materials in the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards.
  • Trained on method used to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals used in the laboratory.
    • “Tip”: Methods used to detect the presence or release of a chemical include visible spills, chemical odors, visual clues such as colors of gas or liquid and monitoring devices used by EHS or other specialists that detect the presence of chemical or quantify their concentration.
  • Instructed on the correct use of chemical fume hoods, biosafety cabinets, chemical storage cabinets, refrigerators, and other equipment and engineering controls specific to the laboratory.
  • Instructed on the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) that are required for specific tasks and knows how to obtain, use and maintain such equipment.
  • Shown the location of and how to use eyewash stations and emergency showers.
  • Shown how to handle and dispose of chemical waste according to UI waste guidelines.
  • Instructed on lab emergency procedures including spill response; informed of spill kit location, emergency contact list and how to access UI Critical Incident Management Plan.