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
- OH 101 Hazard Communication (General) - Required for all lab personnel working with or around hazardous chemicals.
- OH 102 Hazard Communication (Site-Specific)- Taught by the laboratory's Principal Investigator or Supervisor. The training must be documented using the standardized HazCom Training Record - Labs Site-Specific (PDF) with checklist covering training topics that is available from EHS. Required for all lab employees working with or around hazardous chemicals.
- OH 201 Laboratory Safety - Required for all lab personnel working with hazardous chemicals or biological materials.
- OH 202 Hazardous Waste Management - Required for all personnel, including faculty, staff, and students who work in a laboratory using hazardous chemicals or biological materials.
- OH 238 Laboratory Safety Refresher - Required 3 years after OH 201 is completed for all lab personnel working with hazardous chemicals or biological materials and every 3 years thereafter.
- FF 205 Fire Extinguisher Use - Required for all lab personnel. See Fire Prevention Services for more information.
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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