Lab Training Requirements

The University requires safety training for laboratory personnel to insure that they are adequately informed about physical and health hazards present within the laboratory and methods for minimizing the risks of exposure. “Laboratory personnel” include faculty, staff, and students who work in a laboratory setting. For this document the term “laboratory personnel” applies as well to graduate and post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists who work in laboratories. Required training is determined by job duties and the specific hazards within the lab.

Your Training History

You can verify what courses you have taken through TXClass (UT EID required) and choose “Training History.”

Required Training for all Laboratory Personnel

Additional Courses

To assist lab departments with maintaining training requirements, EHS offers these additional courses:

  • OH 204 Compressed Gases - Compressed gas cylinders can be extremely hazardous when misused or abused. Compressed gas cylinders present a variety of hazards due to their pressure and/or content. This training provides information on how to safely handle and use compressed gases. This course is required for anyone who works with these cylinders.
  • OH 207 Biological Safety - Required for all lab employees working with biological hazards, e.g., infectious agents and recombinant DNA.
  • OH 218 Bloodborne Pathogens - Required annually for all personnel working in labs with human blood or tissues.
  • OH 241 Cryogen Safety - This training provides a general overview for the use of cryogens.
  • OH 301 Basic Radiological Health - Required for all users of radioactive materials.
  • OH 601 Dry Ice Shipping - Required for all workers involved in dry ice shipments.
  • OH 304 Laser Safety - Required for all users of Class 3B and 4 lasers.
  • OH 306 X-ray Safety - Required for all users of radiation (x-ray) producing machines.

Responsibilities of PI/Lab Supervisors

PIs/lab supervisors are required to ensure all their personnel receive proper training, and to provide Site-Specific Hazard Communication training to “laboratory personnel” and students in individual instruction courses. PIs/lab supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all training is properly documented and that individuals working in their labs do not engage in activities for which they have not been trained.

EHS Course Schedules and Enrollment

Schedules for courses provided by EHS are available through TXClass (UT EID required). Lab personnel can enroll in courses online. Individuals without access to the Internet can call EHS for course enrollment information.

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