General Topics  of The "ONLINE" version of UCSB EH&S “Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety”

The Online Version of the UCSB EH&S “Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety” covers these general topics - many of these have specific Cal-OHSA training reqirements:

  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
  • UCSB Injury & Illness Prevention Program
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan requirements
  • Chemical Hazard Classes and Labeling
  • (Material) Safety Data Sheets
  • Fume Hoods
  • Personal Protective Equipment/Policy
  • OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits
  • Fire Safety
  • Fire Extinguisher Usage
  • Compressed Gases
  • Basic Electrical Safety
  • Disposal of Hazardous Wastes
  • Emergency Response


Supervisor Responsibilities

Obviously, EH&S can not address the specific hazards and procedures used in each lab. It is important that you ensure that lab-specific safety training has been done to:

  • minimize the potential for worker injury
  • meet regulatory requirements
  • meet UC policy requirements
  • provide you personal liability protection


Per the UC Policy titled Laboratory Safety Training (2013), supervisors are not only tasked with ensuring documentation of any needed training, but also with completing a Training Needs Assessment for each worker to initially define what training is appropriate. In order to provide lab supervisors with a single place to complete their assessments, document the training and point out other available training resources, a form is provided here:

Training Needs Assessment and Documentation (PDF)

Training Needs Assessment and Documentation (.doc)

Please complete and file this form for each laboratory supervisee. It should be reviewed and updated periodically as needed. Please direct any questions on this program to your local Department Safety Representative, or to EH&S.