Laboratory Safety Training

Laboratory employees must complete online training courses that correspond to the type of work they will be conducting during research activities. These courses are accessed through HR Self-Service; instructions to access a course are provided under Registration Links. Workers who do not have a University of Iowa HawkID must contact EHS to request a guest ID in order to access these courses.

Training Needs Assessment

At the time of the annual laboratory review, your safety advisor will complete a Training Needs Assessment with each lab.  The assessment will identify each staff member in the lab and the required course(s), based on their research activities. If the assessment is returned to your advisor before the annual lab review meeting, the advisor will send you a Training Deficiency Report (see below). 

Training Deficiency Report

Information from the Training Needs Assessment is used to update EHS Assist, EHS’s database, which verifies lab training.  From EHS Assist, a Training Deficiency Report can be generated; this report will list the individuals and any outstanding or over-due coursework. Lab staff with access to EHS Assist can also run a report at any time throughout the year. The Training Deficiency Report will only be as accurate as the Training Needs Assessment. If the personnel in your lab or the type of work conducted by those individuals has changed since your last annual lab review, contact your auditor to update the information.

To access the Training Deficiency Report:
1. Log-in to EHS Assist.
2. If you work for multiple PI’s, select the PI of interest from the list of options.
3. On the Main Page, under Administration, hover over Reports.
4. Click on Training Deficiency Report.

5. Type in the Due Date and then click "Ok"
    a. For example, today's date will show you any overdue coursework through today. A date two months in the future will show you what will be due two months out. 

6. The system will generate the report. Once available, click "Open or Download". 

7. To exit the report screen, click "Cancel or Select another report", which will return you to the Main Page. 

Training Courses 

Common training courses are listed below. The intended audience, frequency, and whether the course is required or recommended is identified for each course. The list of courses is not exhaustive. For additional recommended training courses provided by EHS, refer to the Safety Training Guide or contact your safety advisor. 

General Training

Requirement Frequency

  • Lab Chemical Safety- W008CM              
    • Required for personnel who handle chemicals
    • Complete the site-specific form
Once
  • PPE Awareness for Labs– W157CM 
    • Required for personnel who handle chemical, hazardous materials or engage in any hazardous operations
Once
Initially and then every three years
  • Hazardous Waste for Labs– W07HAZ 
    • Required for at least one person/lab/year in labs that generate hazardous chemical waste
Annually

 

Research - Specific Training

Requirement Frequency

  • Basic Biological Safety- W004BO         
    • Required for personnel who handle any biological materials
Once
  • Advanced Biological Safety- W005BO                             
    • Required for personnel who handle any Risk Group 2 agent
Once

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)
  
Required for personnel who work with human cell, blood, tissue, or other potentially infectious materials

  • BBP, Labs- W003BO                             
    • Complete the site-specific form
  • BBP Refresher– W132BO 





Once

Annually Thereafter

  • Chemical Fume Hoods– W485CM                                    
    • Required for personnel who work with chemicals and have/use a chemical fume hood
Once
  • Electrical Panel Breaker Resetting- W534OS      
    • Required for personnel who need to reset tripped breakers in their lab’s electrical circuit breaker panel
    • Complete the site-specific form
Once
  • Formaldehyde Safety– W470CM                                     
    • Required for personnel who work with or may be exposed to formaldehyde or formaldehyde-containing materials
Once
  • Laser Safety, Research - W028RD                                  
    • Required for personnel who work with Class 3b or 4 lasers
Every Two Years
  •  Basic Radiation Safety– W002RD
    • Required for PIs and personnel who work with radioactive materials
       
  • Radiation Safety Refresher- W001RD

    Once

    Annually Thereafter

    • Radiation Awareness for Labs– W528RD 
      • Required for personnel who work in labs with an active radioactive permit but who are themselves not on the permit and/or not working with radioactive material    
    Once
    • rDNA Research, NIH Guidelines– W137BO                              
      • Required for PIs and personnel working with recombinant DNA or recombinant organisms
    Once
    • Respirator Voluntary Use – W050OS                                   
      • Required for personnel who wear masks or respirators when not required by OSHA regulations (for example, using a dust mask when weighing out powder)
    Once
    • Dry Ice- W052BO                                      
        • Required for personnel shipping with dry ice
        • Complete the site-specific form
      Every Two Years
      • Shipping Infectious Substances- W009BO                          
        • Required for personnel shipping potentially infectious substances with or without dry ice
        • Complete the site-specific form
      Every Two Years
      • Toxins, Select Agent Quantity- W006BO                                   
        • Required for personnel working with select agent toxins, including exempt quantities
      Once