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Chemical & Laboratory Safety

Training

 

As per University of Virginia policy1, anyone who works in a laboratory/area where chemicals are used, or who generates Hazardous (Chemical) Waste, must be trained by Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).

Required Training

University faculty, staff, and students who are required to complete Chemical Safety Training must complete at least one of the following training modules (or have properly documented completion of analogous training) in order to be considered in compliance with University policy.

  1. Radiation & Chemical Safety Annual Refresher Training
    1. Radioactive Material Users ONLY
      1. This training is required Annually for all Principal Investigators, Authorized Users, Qualified Users and General Users of radioactive materials.
      2. (start training)
  2. Chemical Safety and Waste Training for persons who handle chemicals, but DO NOT work with Radioactive Materials.
    1. Research Personnel & Students
      1. This training is required for Research Personnel & Students who work in a laboratory/area where chemicals are used, or who generate Hazardous (Chemical) Waste.
      2. (start training)
    2. Non-Research Personnel
      1. This training is required for Non-Research Personnel who work in a laboratory/area where chemicals are used, or who generate Hazardous (Chemical) Waste.
      2. (start training)
  3. Chemical Safety Training for persons who do NOT handle chemicals, but who may be accidentally exposed to chemicals where they work.
    1. Support Staff
      1. This training is required for persons who do NOT handle chemicals, but who may be accidentally exposed to chemicals where they work.
      2. (start training)
  4. Chemical Safety - Organic Chemistry Laboratory Training required training for all students enrolled in CHEM 2411/2421.
    1. Students enrolled in CHEM 2411/2421
      1. This training, in addition to the safety quiz, must be completed in order for you to participate in your first laboratory class.
      2. (start training)

In addition to training, all persons working with Hazardous Chemicals should be well acquainted with UVA’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (Word or pdf), which includes University protocols and information for working safely with chemicals and instructions for the safe handling and collection of Hazardous (Chemical) Waste.

Lab Managers & Supervisors may also provide you with specialized training for using particular chemicals or chemical products, and where appropriate, how to use personal protective equipment (PPE). If you have any questions about a chemical or about your personal protective equipment you should contact your Lab Manager/Supervisor or contact EHS at 434-982-4911.

Recommended Training

After completing your required UVA/EHS Chemical Safety Training, you may find that you want more information regarding Laboratory & Chemical Safety. Below you will find links to additional UVA and Non-UVA sources of these types of materials.

UVA-specific Recommended Training

UVA personnel who assign projects and have oversight responsibilities in work areas are encouraged to assign persons to complete these module as appropriate.

  • Chemical Safety - Chemical Storage: A General Guideline
    • Recommended training for persons who work with chemicals and/or manage the storage of chemicals. Training includes guidance on how to properly segregate incompatible chemicals and locations for proper storage.
  • Chemical Safety - Compressed Gas Cylinder and Regulator Safety
    • Recommended training for persons who work with compressed gas cylinders. Training includes guidance on: how to store, move and secure cylinders properly, choosing and attaching the appropriate regulators for the gas type, and checking for gas leaks after regulator attachment.
  • Chemical Safety - Handling Organolithiums and Related Agents
    • Recommended training for persons who work with Organolithiums and Related (highly reactive, potentially pyrophoric) Agents.
  • Chemical Safety - Housekeeping Practice in Research Labs
    • Recommended training for persons using laboratory space. Training emphasizes the importance of good housekeeping practice and the implications to overall safety when an area is poorly maintained. Advice is given on how to properly maintain laboratory space.
  • PPE - Eye Protection
    • Recommended training for persons who utilize areas where there is the potential for exposure or injury due to chemical or physical hazards. Training includes guidance on how to choose the appropriate eye protection for your application.
  • PPE - Glove Selection
    • Recommended training for persons who utilize laboratory, studio and/or shop spaces where there is the potential for hand injuries due to chemical and/or physical hazards. Training includes guidance on how to choose the appropriate glove for your application, and best practices when using gloves.
  • PPE - Physical Hazards
    • Recommended training for persons who utilize laboratory, studio and/or shop spaces where there is the potential for injury due to physical hazards. Training provides an awareness of various physical hazards, safe work practices, and preventative measures to mitigate the risk of injury.
Non-UVA Recommended Training

Dow Lab Safety Academy

1Two specific UVA policies define the Chemical Safety Training requirements for select University faculty, staff, and students. These policies are as follows: