Training

Education being a key component to any safety program, EH&S conducts mandatory safety training for all laboratory staff members, Principal Investigators, visiting researchers, and students on a routine basis. Refresher training sessions (e.g., Biosafety, Blood Borne Pathogens, Radiation Safety) are also provided on an annual basis.  The training session schedule and course descriptions are provided below.

Additional training sessions and refreshers are scheduled specifically for staff such as Housekeeping, Facilities, and Public Safety.

Course

Course Description
   
Laboratory Safety

This course is required for all laboratory personnel. This training course includes the following topics:

  • General Laboratory Safety
  • Biological Safety, Bloodborne Pathogens, Biological Waste Management, Emergency Response
  • Radiological Safety Awareness
  • Emergency Preparedness/Emergency Action Plans
  • Life, Fire and Electrical Safety
  • Chemical Safety, Hazard Communication
  • Chemical Waste Management
Basic Radiation Safety

This course is for laboratory personnel who will use Radioactive Material (RAM), and: 

  • have never taken a Basic Radiation Safety class in the United States, which includes a written exam, or
  • cannot provide a copy of their training certificate

Lab personnel must attend prior to working with RAM unless the work is performed under the direct supervision of an Authorized User or Assistant Authorized User; or the individual has challenged the course and passed the exam with a minimum grade of 70%.

GU RAM Worker

This course is for laboratory personnel who use RAM: 

  • and have taken a previous Basic Radiation Safety class and have provided a copy of the training certificate to the Radiation Safety Office, or
  • have challenged the course and passed the exam with a minimum grade of 70%

Lab personnel must attend within one month of beginning work with RAM.

RAM Refresher

After attending the Basic Radiation Safety or GU RAM Worker class, all personnel must attend a refresher training at least once every 12 months. All Authorized Users must attend every 12 months or change their Authorization status to Inactive. 

IATA Training This course is required for all laboratory personnel who will be shipping materials classified in Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulation 49 CFR P100-185 §6.2 and 9. §6.2 and 9 materials include but are not limited to: patient clinical/diagnostic samples, infectious agents, other biohazardous materials, and dry ice. After initial training certification, this training course must be retaken every 2 years as per regulatory requirement. This course will be given once per quarter or as demand necessitates. This course covers the following topics:
  • Regulatory definitions
  • Relevant reference materials and resources
  • Classifying material;
  • Proper packaging
  • Labeling requirements
  • Documentation requirements

Lab personnel must attend and pass this course (70%) before shipping any materials in §6.2 and 9.

Register for your required course by calling (202) 687- 4712 or online using the link to the left.

Basic Radiation Safety

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 9:00am-12:30pm-  LM-12 Preclinical Science

Wednesday, June 14, 2017- 9:00am-12:30pm-  LM-12 Preclinical Science

Friday, July 7, 2017- 9:00am-12:30pm-  TRB Auditorium

Wednesday, August 23, 2017- 9:00am-12:30pm-  TRB Auditorium

GU RAM

Wednesday, May 17, 2017- 1:00pm-4:00pm- LM-12 Preclinical Science

Thursday, June 15, 2017- 1:00pm-4:00pm- LM-12 Preclinical Science

Thursday, July 6, 2017- 1:00pm-4:00pm- LM-12 Preclinical Science

Thursday, August 24, 2017- 1:00pm-4:00pm- LM-12 Preclinical Science

Laboratory/Blood Borne Pathogens Safety

Tuesday,  May 16, 2017- 1:00pm-5:00pm- LA-4 PCS

Wednesday, June 14, 2017- 1:00pm-5:00pm- TRB Auditorium

Friday, July 7, 2017- 1:00pm-5:00pm- TRB Auditorium

Wednesday, August 23, 2017- 1:00pm-5:00pm- TRB Auditorium

RAM Refresher

Wednesday, June 14, 2017- 12:00pm- 1:00pm- TRB Auditorium

Wednesday, August 24, 2017- 12:00pm- 1:00pm- TRB Auditorium

IATA Training