New Personnel Orientation

This information applies to employees working in lab environments, e.g., wet labs using chemical, biological, or radioactive materials. Employees working in non-research areas (Art, Facilities, etc.) should contact Occupational Safety to discuss their training needs.

These documents/trainings must be completed and topics discussed with the new employee before work begins in the lab.

Online Coursework:

  1. All employees must complete online training that corresponds to the types of work they will be conducting during research activities. These courses are available through HR Self-Service and/or ICON. Workers who do not have a University of Iowa HawkID must contact EHS to request a guest ID in order to access these courses.   Refer to the Laboratory Safety Training handout.
  2. Some courses require site-specific training regarding hazards in the lab, as noted on the Laboratory Safety Training handout. The Principal Investigator or designee must provide this training before staff begins any work.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  1. Employees must know what is covered in the lab’s PPE Hazardous Assessment Tool (PPE HAT). They must sign the PPE HAT signature page to signify they have covered this information with their supervisor.
  2. Employees must know where PPE is kept and what is available.
  3. Employees choosing to use a dust mask or other voluntary respirator must review and be added to the lab’s respirator program.  Lab’s without a current respirator program must complete a Respirator Evaluation Request form and submit the completed form to EHS Chemical Safety, 100 EHS.

Chemical use: 

  1. Employees must know where SDSs are kept (electronic PDFs in a shared file, on a thumb drive or via paper copy), and read the SDS of any chemical they will be using.
  2. Employees must know the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) and ensure this is reviewed. They must sign the CHP signature page to signify they have covered this information with their supervisor.
  3. Employees must know what PPE is necessary for handling chemicals.
  4. Employees must know where to locate the Spill Kit and check the contents. They must review the Spill Response Guides and be able to classify a spill as either minor or major.
  5. Employees must know where to locate the closest eyewash stations, emergency shower and fire extinguisher.

Human materials use - Bloodborne Pathogen Program:

  1. A Bloodborne Pathogen at Risk Assessment must be performed when human materials are used. The form should be provided to the department’s Exposure Control Officer (ECO). You may also call or email the ECO to alert them of a new employee.
  2. If considered “at risk,” the new employee must be offered the Hep-B vaccination and complete the Hepatitis B Immunization Survey in the online ReadySet system, regardless of whether s/he accepts or declines the vaccination. If an employee initially declined the vaccination, s/he may decide to receive it later, if s/he is still considered “at risk”.
  3. “At risk” employees must review the Exposure Control Plan (ECP) and know the name of the Exposure Control Officer.

Biological Agent Use:

  1. When work with biological agents is performed in the lab, employees must understand the hazards associated with each agent, and be provided appropriate handling and decontamination procedures.
  2. Employees must know how to properly dispose of all laboratory items, especially what must be disposed of in the red biohazard tubs/bins.
  3. Employees must know that disposable gloves must be used when handling biological materials and biohazardous waste.
  4. If ethidium bromide is used, staff must understand proper disposal via the separate liquid and solid waste streams.

Chemical Hazardous Waste:

  1. Employees must know how to properly collect, segregate and store hazardous chemical waste
  2. Employees must know how to label chemical waste containers properly. Employees should be informed how to prepare waste containers for pick-up and how to submit a request for waste pick-up (waste pick-up information).

First Report of Injury:

  1. Employees must know where to go for treatment if injured in the laboratory. 
  2. Employees must know how to fill out and submit a “First Report of Injury” document if there is an injury in the laboratory.