Safe practices are essential for research laboratories to ensure that intensive scientific inquiry goes uninterrupted. Laboratory safety begins with a comprehensive assessment of risks posed by research reagents and associated lab activities as well as an assessment of compliance issues associated with research conducted within that lab. An important component of this risk assessment process is the identification of laboratory safety issues that can only be mitigated through appropriate training.
Training sessions are offered either online through Chalk or as a classroom-based session. Courses available in Chalk can be accessed by logging in with your cnet ID and password. Once logged in, you can view all online courses available by clicking on the “Community” tab in the upper righthand corner of the screen. To enroll, simply click the name of the course you wish to take.
Biological Safety Training
It is the policy of the University of Chicago Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) that all investigators, technicians and students involved with research activities described on a given IBC Protocol be appropriately trained to mitigate research-associated risks as well as to ensure compliance with applicable local, State and Federal regulations and guidelines. This training will include IBC-mandated training elements, developed and provided by the Biological Safety Team, as well as lab-specific training, provided by the Principal Investigator (PI) for each of his/her IBC research protocols.
IBC-mandated training for each individual listed on an IBC protocol is indicated in Section VI (Laboratory Practices). These courses must be completed prior to commencement of the research described in the IBC protocol.
Biosafety Level 1 and rDNA
Biosafety Level 2 and rDNA
Bloodborne Pathogen for Biomedical Researchers
Biosafety Level 3 Operations
Chemical Safety Training
For Students, Faculty, Non-Hospital Staff This 1-hour class is mandatory for all researchers and their supervisors working in a laboratory that engages in the "laboratory use" of hazardous chemicals (e.g., laboratory personnel). This training is focused on the Chemical Hygiene Plan and the safe use, storage, and emergency procedures for hazardous chemicals. Specific chemical safety topics covered include chemical hazards, how to obtain chemical hazard information, hazard controls including personal protective equipment, chemical storage, hazardous chemical waste, and spill procedures. In addition to covering chemical safety and the chemical hygiene plan this training also provides an introduction to other laboratory hazards that include: biohazardous research, radioactive material, and lasers. This course is available on the University's Chalk site, and is required to be completed once every three years.
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Radiation Safety Training
All new and current employees being added as Radioactive Material (RAM) users to a protocol must attend the Office of Radiation Safety training course for RAM users prior to any use of radioactive material.
PI submittal of the New User Amendment and Training Certification form to ORS (fax no. 2-4008, mail MC2106 or deliver to AMB M-031A) is required to add a user to the protocol! Additionally, each individual assigned the lab designee responsibilities must first attend the RAM user training course and then the laboratory designee training course presented by the Radiation Safety Team.
Radiation Safety Awareness
Radioactive Material User
Radioactive Material Laboratory Designee
Irradiator Operator and Security
X-ray Safety and Awareness
Any employee working with Class 3b or Class 4 lasers must complete Laser Safety Training. The training will cover (at a minimum) fundamentals of laser operation, bioeffects of laser radiation on eyes and skin, laser system control measures, and non-beam hazards associated with laser operation.
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