The University of Iowa

Laboratory Safety Certificate

EHS, in collaboration with the Laboratory Safety Committee, is initiating a new program to recognize individuals who take an active role in safety and go above and beyond the training required by EHS.   Beginning Fall of 2021, any member of the University who works in a research and/or wet lab will be able to apply for a Laboratory Safety Certificate.

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The certificate requires individuals to complete:

  1. A defined core of basic safety courses that cover biological, chemical, environmental (waste handling), fire, and occupational safety topics; 
  2. An in-person course covering various hazard assessment methods in order to identify hazards of the experiment/lab, analyze the associated risks, and select controls that will allow the work to be done safely;   
  3. Submit a site-specific hazard assessment incorporating safety controls; and 
  4. An additional four courses chosen by the individual from EHS safety course options or specialized departmental safety trainings. 

Note: EHS safety trainings normally required as part of the annual laboratory review will be applied to the course completion requirements if the completion date is within three years of applying for the certificate.


How to Apply

Individuals will submit the Laboratory Safety Certificate Form to EHS.  EHS staff will review the submission, confirm course completion, and review any documentation submitted for safety trainings outside of EHS coursework.  Individuals completing all requirements will be issued a Laboratory Safety Certificate and recognized for their commitment and dedication to the safety culture at the University.


Maintaining your Certificate

Certificates are good for three years.  At the end of the three-year period, individuals must complete all of the following:

  1. Complete a smaller set of core coursework;
  2. Submit a new site-specific hazard assessment; and
  3. Complete an additional ten optional courses. 

A Lab Safety Certificate Renewal Form must be submitted to EHS staff for review.  Individuals that complete all requirements will be issued a renewal letter.