SafetySkills Launches 6 New Laboratory Safety Courses

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The SafetySkills laboratory course series is designed to address safety issues common to laboratory environments. Most courses are intended to be widely applicable to laboratories of all sizes and purposes in both the educational and commercial fields. While previous titles attempted to give broad overviews of major topics such as chemical and biological safety practices in laboratories, this latest series of modules is designed to provide more targeted training over specific hazards or techniques that may be encountered in the lab.

New LAB course descriptions:

Controlled Environments and Cleanrooms in Laboratory and Research Facilities

Controlled Environments and Cleanrooms

A controlled environment is an enclosed area, such as a room, where measures are being taken to control certain parameters of the environment, most commonly to ensure the integrity of research data, control the production of sensitive products, or protect against dangerous contamination. Cleanrooms are controlled environments where exceptional measures are being taken to control environmental conditions as much as feasibly possible. Keeping a cleanroom controlled requires workers to take measures to control contamination. Learners who successfully complete this course will be able to recognize the standard methods for controlling contaminants in a controlled environment.

Bottom-Up Gowning Procedures for Laboratory and Research Facilities

Gowning Procedures for Laboratory and Research Facilities

Laboratories and research facilities often use controlled environments to prevent contamination of research and production activities. One standard control used in such environments is requiring students and employees working in those facilities to don gowning equipment before entering. This course covers “bottom-up” gowning procedures for laboratories and research facilities, including preparation, hand hygiene, types of gowning equipment, and donning and doffing procedures for gowning equipment. Bottom-up procedures are most commonly used in compounding facilities. This course is designed for all employees or students working in laboratory or research controlled environments that use a bottom-up gowning approach.

Chemical Storage in Laboratories and Research Facilities

Chemical Storage in Laboratories

Proper chemical storage is an important part of lab safety and efficiency. Many lab chemicals can pose hazards to workers, property or the environment if not properly stored, labeled and handled. In addition, proper labeling and storage reduces waste, allows workers to find what they need easily, and helps stay in compliance with chemical laws and regulations. Chemical storage facilities and policies are designed to maximize employee safety, prevent spills and accidental releases, and control risks of fires, explosions and dangerous chemical reactions. Learners who successfully complete this course should be able to recognize standard practices for safe chemical storage in laboratories and research facilities.

Reactives in Laboratory and Research Facilities

Reactives in Laboratory

Labs and research facilities use a wide variety of chemicals. Many of these may give off heat, energy or toxic gases when they come in contact with other chemicals, or even common substances such as air or water. Reactive chemicals can also be unstable or self-reactive when exposed to shock, friction, pressure, temperature, or even light. Workers need to understand and follow safe work practices when handling or working with reactive chemicals. Learners who successfully complete this course should be able to identify types of reactive chemicals in laboratories and protective measures when working with reactive chemicals.

Autoclave Safety

Autoclave Safety

Autoclaves use high-pressure steam to sterilize materials. This can cause significant burns if you don’t take precautions or use the machine improperly. Autoclaves can also damage or destroy equipment if they’re not properly prepared. This course will give lab workers an overview of the hazards associated with autoclaves and recommended safe practices for using autoclaves.

Pipetting Safety

Pipetting Safety

Pipettes are important tools for performing a variety of laboratory analyses and other procedures. They can repeatedly draw and dispense very precise amounts of fluids, allowing for accurate, consistent testing or production. Today there are specialized pipettes that are safer, more accurate and more reliable, but there are still hazards associated with using pipettes, particularly with hazardous substances or large-scale procedures involving repetitive motion. Learners who successfully complete this course should be able to identify safety and ergonomic hazards of pipetting, as well as best practices used to avoid these hazards.

These new titles join our existing LAB titles:

  • Laboratory Safety
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Laboratory Safety – Chemical Hazards
  • Laboratory Safety – Physical Hazards
  • Laboratory Safety – Biological Hazards
  • Laboratory Chemical Waste Management (RCRA)
  • Formaldehyde Safety in Research and Education
  • Working with Animals in Research and Education
  • Working with Lasers in Research and Education

Additional titles coming soon include:

  • Top-Down Gowning Procedures for Laboratories and Research Facilities
  • Inside-Out Gowning Procedures for Laboratories and Research Facilities
  • Compounding in Laboratories and Research Facilities
  • Proper Use of Chemical Fume Hoods
  • Centrifuge Safety


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