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Because chemicals are present in every lab, all lab staff must read this chapter and participate in the lab safety training program.
In addition to understanding the Fred Hutch chemical hygiene plan, supervisors must inform workers of hazards present in the lab that are not covered in this chapter. Principal investigators (PIs) or supervisors are responsible for identifying hazardous techniques not addressed here, and for ensuring that employees are trained to perform them safely. Safety instruction for the use of chemicals must satisfy the requirements in the Hazard Awareness Policy listed below. EH&S can work with your lab to provide this training during a staff meeting or other convenient time.
Employees must know the following information about each chemical or chemical group prior to its use:
Principal investigators (PIs) or their appointees must provide lab workers with hands-on chemical safety instruction and information that is specific to the lab or task. This instruction must be documented by the lab as job-specific training. Training documentation should be available for review by EH&S.
All lab staff (including full-time, part-time, temporary staff, volunteers, work study, graduate students, visiting scientists, post-doc fellows and persons paid under stipends) working in a lab must attend a two-hour general laboratory safety course. The training schedule is available from EH&S and is on the EH&S website.
The required general lab safety training offered by EH&S covers the following information:
In addition to the training above, the PI or supervisor must introduce new lab staff to operations and safety requirements unique to their work. The new employee is responsible for becoming familiar with the hazards of the chemicals he or she will be handling through material safety data sheets, hazard labeling, and other forms of information prior to using the chemicals. Use the New Lab Employee Training Checklist in Section 12.16 or an equivalent tool to document such training.