Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety - ONLINE


Lab Safety

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Per UC policy this online orientation, or the three-hour live version, are mandatory for individuals working in UCSB laboratories. To enroll in the next available live class, use the “Search” function in the UC Learning Center and search on: Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety - LIVE.

Some departments allow lab workers to take this online training to gain lab access, but are then required to take the next available live training. Anyone can take the live class and are encouraged to do so – some faculty require it. The live version is usually offered twice quarterly.

Note that this online orientation is basic information and does not replace the lab-specific training that should be done within a particular research environment. The lab supervisor is responsible to see that any needed safety training is completed and documented.

This online orientation should take you about 1.5 hours to complete and includes handouts, a video and a quiz that you need to pass to receive credit. Most of the topics here are specifically mandated by regulations to be covered in documented training and include:

  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Fire Safety and Extinguisher Usage
  • UCSB Injury & Illness Prevention Program
  • Common Classes of Chemical Hazards
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Fume Hoods
  • Permissible Exposure Limits
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • UCSB Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Waste Disposal – Chemical, Sharps and Electronic
  • Compressed Gases
  • Electrical Safety
  • Emergency Management, including fire extinguisher usage
  • If you have any questions about this training, or any laboratory safety issue, contact UCSB Environmental Health & Safety at x8243 or

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