Environmental Health and Safety Requirements, Training, and Paperwork

Environmental Health and Safety Requirements, Training, and Paperwork

This document outlines various types of documentation/training required by faculty who work in the laboratory sciences as well as students who work with them as undergraduate researchers (e.g., work-study, independent study, wage payroll, research, etc.)


Paperwork/training required for an undergraduate researcher:

Independent Study Registration Form (only if applicable)

Download the Indepdendent Study Registration Form from the Registrar's page.

SARI (Scholarship and Research Integrity) training

  1. Visit the SARI training site.
  2. Click on the link title “Online Courses through CITI”
  3. Click on “1. Register for Penn State’s CITI courses at www.citiprogram.org

Once registered, students should complete the appropriate course. A series of questions will guide one to the correct curriculum (e.g., for life sciences it would be the Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course; for physical sciences, the Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course, etc.)

Students should print certificate issued at completion of the course; copies go in lab binder and also to Mark/Lynn

Safety Training

We suggest using Firefox to view this training.

  1. Go to the EHS training website.
  2. Click on the link title “Training” on the right side of the screen (indicated by the red arrow in the image below).

If you were not logged into the Penn State system, you will be prompted to login.

  1. Within the “EHS On-Line Course Registration” screen click on the tab labeled “Courses.”
  2. Click the link labeled “Laboratory Safety and Laboratory Hazard Communication (HazCom).”  Below you will see a dropdown list of trainings.

If you are a new student or Faculty, you will choose Non-University Park Laboratory and Research training (initial)

  1. Click Enroll in the middle of the screen.
  2. Complete each module, after each quiz save your certificate after each one (recommend as a pdf).
  3. These four modules are prerequisites for the final review session:
    1. Introduction to Safety (12:10 min) 
    2. Chemical Safety (26:15 min) 
    3. Laboratory Waste Disposal and Management (12:26 min) 
    4. Emergency Preparedness (13:14 min) 
  4. Print two copies of the certificates, one for your laboratory safety management book kept in your research space, and one copy can be given to Mark or Lynn.
  5. Researcher should bring the student to Lynn with completed certificates and Lynn will keep a copy and make a Laboratory training certificate to place in Researchers Binder.

If you have previously completed the initial training, you will need to complete the refresher.

  1. Choose Non-University Park Laboratory and Research Safety and Spill Response refresher.
  2. Be sure to register online by clicking “Complete“ on the bottom middle of the screen.
  3. Click in the middle of the screen Non-University Park Laboratory Safety and Spill Response Plans (refresher)  to access the training video.
  4. Complete the module and save your certificate (recommended as a pdf).
  5. Print two copies of the certificates, one for your laboratory safety management book kept in your research space, and one copy can be given to Mark or Lynn.

Unit-specific Plan

Student should read and sign the research laboratory’s unit specific plan (copy of this goes to Mark/Lynn)

Appropriate IACUC training (if applicable)


Faculty member paperwork:

Complete/update a unit specific plan for research lab (including SOPs for lab protocols) (update annually)

Sign certification page; this should go in lab binder and to Mark/Lynn

Complete Lab Safety Refresher Training Module(annually – January)

Print two copies of the certificates, one for your laboratory safety management book kept in your research space and one copy can be given to Mark/Lynn

  1. Go to EHS training website.
  2. Click on the link titled: “EHS On-Line Course Registration”
  3. Login using your normal PSU login info.
  4. Click on the tab labeled “courses”
  5. Click the link labeled “Laboratory Safety and Laboratory Hazard Communication (HazCom)”
  6. Click the link titled Laboratory Safety Refresher Training (12:50 minutes)

Library Hazard Communication

All faculty members in the laboratory sciences must now complete the Laboratory Hazard Communication (this is a one-time training.) If you have taken the Initial Laboratory Safety Training during fall 2013 this training is built into the 4 modules and you will not have to take this again.

  1. Go to EHS training website.
  2. Click on the link titled: “EHS On-Line Course Registration”
  3. Login using your normal PSU login info.
  4. Click on the tab labeled “courses”
  5. Click the link labeled “Laboratory Safety and Laboratory Hazard Communication”
  6. Click the link titled Laboratory Hazard Communication Training (27:41 minutes/50 slides)

Print two copies of the certificates, one for your laboratory safety management book kept in your research space and one copy can be given to Mark/Lynn

PSU Laboratory Safety Self-Inspection Form

Complete the PSU Laboratory Safety Self-Inspection Form  (annually – January). Place a copy in laboratory safety management book kept in your research space and one copy can be given to Mark/Lynn

Chemical Inventory-CHIMS

Complete/Update Chemical Inventory-CHIMS (annually – January). Place a copy in binder and to Mark/Lynn, send Excel CHIMS file to Lynn

Project Renewal Forms

Complete/update project renewal forms from the Office of Research Protections (if applicable)

MSDS

Compile MSDSs for all chemicals in lab and make available in a binder (update annually)

IACUC paperwork (if applicable)