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Environmental Health and Safety

Chemical & Lab Safety Training

The Chemical and Lab Safety Office provides general lab safety awareness training in a classroom setting. Hazard-specific training may be requested as needed. 

Training Opportunities and Requirements

The following table includes a list of the current and upcoming chemical and lab safety training courses available. Check the training schedule to see when the course is offered next. 

Course Name Required to Complete Training Frequency Course Offering
Introduction to Chemical and Lab Safety Personnel working in a laboratory, and/or conducting experiments involving chemical that presents hazards such as toxicity and other health hazards, flammability, reactivity and others.   4 years  Classroom 
Hazardous Waste Laboratory personnel performing work that generate hazardous chemical waste

(Initial in-person training; annual refresher online) 

Classroom (first time)

Online (refresher)

Lab Safety Training for Area Campus Supplemental training for lab personnel who work in the laboratory and students who perform experiments as part of their course work. This training is in addition to hands-on lab-specific training provided by their supervisor. Annual for Lab personnel, every start of the semester for students. 

Contact Beth Bair

(803) 777-6457

HF (Hydroflouric acid) Hazard and Risk Awareness  

Laboratory personnel needing authorization to work with HF and all others who access the laboratory where HF is stored and/or used.

IMPORTANT! To be authorized to work with HF, lab personnel must:

  • demonstrate proficiency on performing the HF methodology,
  • understand and sign an approved SOP for HF use, and be able to implement all sections of the SOP, including but not limited to first aid and spill clean-up,
  • have been assigned the proper PPE for HF, and knows how to use and maintain them.
Every 2 years  

In addition to providing HF Hazard and Risk Awareness lecture, EH&S provides on-site hazard and risk assessment, SOP review and planning for safe use of HF.  EH&S verifies that all required fume hood, PPE, first aid kit, and spill kit for HF use are available.

Request lecture and/or consulation by calling 803-777-7650 

Handling of Compressed gases   Laboratory personnel conducting experiments involving compressed gases   2 years Coming in 2019
Planning and providing Lab-specific safety training   Principal Investigator and lab managers who provide daily oversight for lab group members   4 years Coming in 2019