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Safety Training

The Office of Research Safety Affairs provides lab safety training covering campus procedures and standard practices for handling hazardous materials in labs.  All researchers working in labs where hazardous materials (chemicals, biohazards, or radiological agents) are handled must complete the Laboratory Safety Training. Additional courses are determined based on the hazards encountered in your lab where you work. New laboratory personnel must review with their supervisor or senior laboratory personnel the UTHSC Researcher/Staff Training Requirement Checklist to identify the hazards you may encounter and safety courses that you will need to complete prior to handling hazardous materials in a lab.

Safety training is available online through Blackboard. To have the appropriate Blackboard courses assigned to you, email Research Safety Affairs your completed UTHSC Researcher/Staff Training Requirement Checklist and we will enroll you so that the courses appear under your assignments when you log into Blackboard using your Net ID and password. In-person training can be scheduled upon request by emailing labsafety@uthsc.edu.

Safety Training provided by the Office of Research Safety Affairs covers general regulatory requirements and institutional procedures. It is the responsibility of principal investigators or laboratory supervisors to provide employees with training that addresses the specific work area hazards and procedures.  

Laboratory Safety
  • Who is required to take this? Everyone working in a lab.
  • When: At the time of hire. Laboratory Safety Annual Refresher (ORSSAR19) required.
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Hazard identification, basic chemical hygiene, intro to biosafety (BSL1), hazardous waste management, emergency response

Blackboard (online):

Laboratory Safety Training (ORS-LST)

90 minutes

 

None 

labsafety@uthsc.edu
Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel handling human materials (blood, cells, other potentially infectious body fluids)
  • When? Prior to handling human blood, cells, or other potentially infectious body fluids.  Annual refresher required (BPT22-Refresher) 
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Standard precautions for handling human blood, human cells, other potentially infectious human materials  (meets OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen training requirements) Blackboard (online): Bloodborne Pathogens Training (BPT22-Initial)

Initial Training: 34 min.

Refresher Training: 12 min.

None

Dr. Ray or labsafety@uthsc.edu

Principles of Biosafety (BSL2)
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel working on IBC protocols requiring handling BSL2 agents that are infectious to human or recombinant DNA.
  • When? Prior to working on a protocol requiring the handling of BSL2 agents.
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
BSL2 facilities requirements, standard precautions, proper use of biosafety cabinets, emergency response, NIH guidelines

Blackboard (online): Principles of Biosafety-BSL2 (ORS-PB)

 

Laboratory Safety Training (ORS-LST)

Dr. Ray or labsafety@uthsc.edu

Use of Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel working in LACU facilities or using biological safety cabinets
  • When? Prior to entering LACU facilities or working in a biological safety cabinet
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
How to properly use and work in a biological safety cabinet

Blackboard (online): Use of Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC)

20 minutes None

Dr. Ray or labsafety@uthsc.edu

IATA Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials Shipping (For Personnel Shipping Potentially Infectious Materials)
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel who need to ship infectious materials and dry ice. Contact Mr. Barton for shipping of hazardous chemicals
  • When? Prior to preparing packages for shipment. Must be renewed every two years
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
IATA Dangerous Goods and DOT hazmat training for shipping of infectious materials and dry ice In-person via Zoom, 10:00am on third Wednesdays of every month 60 minutes

None

Mr. Barton

Radiation Safety for Radioactive Material Handling
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel handling radioactive materials
  • When? Prior to handling radioactive materials. Annual refresher required.
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Radioactive material handling practices, dosimetry, emergency response procedures, surface wipe sampling In-person 120-180 minutes None

Mr. Barton

X-Ray Safety
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel using X-Ray generating equipment
  • When? Prior to using X-Ray equipment
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
X-ray equipment use, dosimetry and safety In-person 60 minutes None

Mr. Barton

Laser Safety
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel using Laser Systems in which the lasers are not fully enclosed
  • When? Prior to working with lasers
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Laser fundamentals; beam and non-beam hazards engineering; administrative controls and PPE In-person or live via Zoom 41 minutes None Mr. Barton
Controlled Substance Handling in Research
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel handling DEA controlled substances in research
  • When? Prior to handling controlled substances.  Refresher every 3 years.
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Proper handling of controlled substances in research, requirements for compliance with DEA and TN Board of Pharmacy, UTHSC procedure for handling of controlled substances in research Blackboard (online): Controlled Substance Handling in Research (ORS-CSHR) 20 minutes Laboratory Safety Training (ORS-LST) labsafety@uthsc.edu
Respirator Training (N95, half-face, full-face or PAPR)
  • Who is required to take this? Personnel who require the use of respirators
  • When? Prior to wearing a respirator. Annual refresher required.
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
How to properly use different types of respirators (N95 or Powered Air-Purifying Respirators)

Blackboard (online): N95 Respirator Training (ORS-RT)

OR

Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) Training (ORS-PAPRT)

20 minutes for each training None. Visit Respiratory Protection website for more information. Mr. Hutton or labsafety@uthsc.edu
May 26, 2022