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Safety Training For Laboratory Research Personnel


The Office of Research Safety assists Principal Investigators by providing general lab safety training to meet basic regulatory requirements and inform researchers of UTHSC-specific work practices. All researchers working in labs containing hazardous materials (chemicals, biohazards, or radiological agents) are required to complete the course “Laboratory Safety Training”. Additional safety training provided by your supervisor will be required based on the hazardous materials in your work area. The UTHSC Researcher/Staff Training Requirement Checklist will help you determine your training requirements based on the hazards encountered in the work that you perform.

Whenever possible, initial training for new employees and students working in labs should be completed through in-person classroom options. Refresher training and online training classes are available to students and staff through Blackboard. To access training on Blackboard, you will need follow the Enrolling in Safety Training on Blackboard instructions to enroll for specific classes.

Training provided by the Office of Research Safety covers general regulatory requirements and UTHSC institutional practices. It is the responsibility of Principal Investigators or Laboratory Supervisors to provide their employees with training that specifically addresses the processes and hazards encountered in their work area. This includes lab policies and practices related to PPE use, hazardous material handling, the safe use of equipment, etc. Additional guidance about work-area specific training content and documentation can be found on the Safety Training and Documentation webpage.

If you have any questions about safety training or documentation, please call the Office of Research Safety of email labsafety@uthsc.edu.