Laboratory Safety Training


The most important element of the Florida International University Laboratory Safety Program is hazard awareness. Individuals who are knowledgeable and properly trained are better able to identify and minimize hazards and unhealthful exposures for themselves and others. Each laboratory worker is responsible and accountable to assure that he or she has the right safety information to work safely in a laboratory environment.


EH&S Subject Matter Experts (SME) have identified courses that are essential, thus mandatory prior to starting work, according to the nature of laboratory work and potential hazards. Below is the list of required courses and the frequency in which they need to be completed. Please see which courses fall under your category of work, and click the following links to register and complete trainings:

It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that first time users access the training instructions prior to accessing the online training website.
Click for Online Training Instructions: Training Instructions
Click for Online Training Website:  Online Training Website (Moodle)

Core Training
- ALL LABS, Regardless of Specialty Area

​Laboratory Hazard Awareness
HazCom: In Sync with GHS
Fire Safety

​2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
- Including Nanoparticles
Core Training Courses (see above)
Environmental Awareness Part 1 & 2
Small Spills and Leaks
EPA Hazardous Waste Awareness & Handling
Personal Protective Equipment
Safe Use of Fume Hood

1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
2 Years
2 Years
Human Tissues, Cell Lines, Liquids or Infectious Agents

​Core Training and Chemicals Courses (see above)

Blood-borne Pathogens

Safe Use of Biosafety Cabinets

Safe Handling of Biomedical Waste


1 Year

3 Years

1 Year

Research Animals

​Core Training and Chemicals Courses (see above)

Animal Care Safety


3 Years


​Core Training and Chemicas Courses (see above)

Laser Safety


3 Years

Radioactive Materials/Equipment
- Please contact Dr. Surendra Dua to arrange
Radiation Safety Trainings 305-348-0489

​Core Training and Chemical Courses (see above)

Radiation Safety - Pt. 1 Online

Radiation Safety - Pt. 2 Hands-on

3 Years

3 Years

VERY IMPORTANT: Additional trainings may be required if the work environment, equipment, or materials used warrant special training (i.e. Respirators, Compressed Gases, Needlesticks, etc). Please contact EH&S's Lab Safety Team at 305-348-3387 for more information. ​ ​


Waste Disposal Contact numbers:

Chemical Waste       305-348-2622

Biohazardous Waste 305-348-3387

Radioactive Waste   305-348-0489


Laboratory Safety Course Descriptions

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Biological & Chemical Threats - Closing the Door

News reports have brought Anthrax to the forefront of our attention. Unfortunately, there are additional, less-known biological and chemical threats plaguing our society. This engaging video program seeks to close the door on such threats by providing practical information on precautions, symptoms and treatment of the six major biological agents.

  • Six major biological agents: Anthrax, Smallpox, Botulism, Plague, Tularemia and Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Chemical agents
  • Preventative measures for industry
  • Protecting water sources
  • Preventing chemical or biological contamination
  • Vulnerability and assessment planning
  • What to do in the event of an accident or attack  

Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness

More people are infected with bloodborne diseases than ever before. Hepatitis B, HIV and AIDS remain enormous threats to your workers as patient after patient is admitted to your facility. This ClarityNet Online Training course will help protect your employees and ensure that your facility is in compliance with OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (1910.1030). The course details the effects of the HIV, HBV and HCV viruses, how to use personal protective equipment and engineering controls to minimize the threat of exposure, and safe work practices to employ at all times to avoid transmission and infection.

  • "Bloodbugs"
  • PPE
  • Work practices
  • Housekeeping
  • Vaccination and reporting
  • Exposure 

Chemical Handling Safety - Basic Principles

Teaches your employees how they can handle dangerous chemicals safely by knowing what they are working with, how to store them and what to do in an emergency.

  • Hazard identification
  • Personal protection
  • Emergency response  

Defensive Driving

This training course is designed to help workers safely engage in one of the most surprisingly dangerous activities they face on the job – driving. Motor vehicle accidents are the single largest cause of accidental deaths overall, and they are the leading cause of fatalities on the job in our country. Every driver can benefit from the practical safety techniques taught here — even seasoned motorists who may discover that some of their driving habits are not as harmless as they thought.

  • Analyzing driving attitude
  • Common distractions
  • Drinking and driving
  • Driving under other influences
  • Safety belts and other protective equipment
  • Maintaining safety
  • Defensive driving techniques
  • Hazardous conditions
  • Real-Life Situation 

Environmental Awareness Pt2-Waste & Chemical 

 This course is designed to help you understand the Environmental Protection Agency regulations covering waste and chemicals. It will also show how they affect your workplace.

Fire Safety

This course covers the FIU Facility Fire and Other Emergency Evacuation Policy; Building Evacuation Procedures; Information on Fire Extinguishers (types and use); Use of the Evacu-Trac emergency evacuation device and general safety and fire prevention information.  

HazCom - In Sync with GHS

This course is required for anyone working in any area on campus where chemicals are used or stored. Are you comfortable that you and your co-workers know enough about the chemicals used in your work area? Take this course and learn the essentials.  

Hazmat Awareness

The Department of Transportation dictates that anyone who ships, transports, handles and/or stores hazardous materials must comply with 49 CFR 171-180. All workers must be trained in various levels of the HazMat transportation process in order to comply with these DOT regulations. This ClarityNet Online Training course will help you ensure that employees understand the DOT regulations and help you complete and document mandatory training requirements.

  • Hazardous materials regulations
  • Definitions, terms and requirements
  • Specific requirements and exceptions
  • Emergency response information
  • Placarding and labeling
  • Shipping papers
  • Real-Life Situation 

Hazwoper Awareness

This training program will teach you the fundamentals of emergency response involving hazardous materials, identifying and reviewing the guidelines and responsibilities of a “First Responder” in a real life situation. 

HIPPA Privacy Compliance

IMPORTANT NOTE: The HIPPA Privacy Compliance course is no longer listed under the "EHS Training" category on the Moodle site. It can now be found on the Moodle main page, after logging in, on top of the left hand column of various departments.

This Online Training course will help you comply with HIPAA's Privacy Rule – the first comprehensive federal protection guidelines for the privacy of health information. Your staff will learn the importance of protecting patient privacy and confidentiality under HIPAA's Privacy Rule.

  • What is Protected Health Information
  • Use and disclosure of protected health information
  • Consent and authorization
  • Patient rights
  • Administrative requirements
  • Compliance 

Job Safety Analysis: Pro-Active Planning

Job Safety Analysis is a way of planning ahead, a way to spot problems before they become accidents. An effective JSA focuses only on those steps that create a hazard to the safety or health of personnel. This program is designed to help you and your employees learn to prepare a Job Safety Analysis. Length 12:00  

Lab Risk Assesment

The purpose of this training is to provide the participant with tools for performing risk assessments in laboratories handling infectious materials. The training includes a 90-minute video and 25 information slides. The training provides participants with the opportunity to perform a risk assessment in a simulated micro bacteriology laboratory under the guidance of CDC experts. Although a micro bacteriology laboratory is used for the training exercise, the principles and practices illustrated are applicable to other specialties and should be complemented with the Blood-borne Pathogens Exposure Control Training, Course # 1003. 

Laboratory Safety

Studying or working in a teaching or research laboratory presents unique safety challenges. Hazardous materials are abundant, and lab workers handle a greater variety of hazardous substances than do most other professionals. This course covers the OSHA Chemical Hygiene Plan requirements and advises you on how to achieve and maintain compliance.  

Laser Safety

This course provides information regarding the types of lasers, hazards, applications and protective measures. The material presented is intended to complement the training that the principal investigator/supervisor in charge of each specific device is required to provide, as well as the specific safe operating guidelines provided by manufacturer.

Radiation Safety

Radiation safety is a required training for all individuals who wish to use radioactive materials under the University licenses. This training covers the basic theoretical aspects of radiation safety. From types of radiation to the use of TLD badges. For new users a hands-on training is also required.  

Safe Handling of Biomedical Waste

This training covers work practices involved in the management, storage and disposal of biomedical waste.  

EPA: Hazardous Waste Awareness

This course will help you understand and know how to determine if a waste is hazardous, the rules for satellite accumulation of hazardous waste, the importance of maintaining accurate inventory of all wastes generated and labeling all reaction by products appropriately, minimize hazardous waste, selecting disposal contractor, maintaining accurate inventory of all wastes generated and labeling and identify the criteria for selecting a waste disposal contractor.  

Safe Use of Biosafety Cabinets

This training covers how biological safety cabinets work, rules and guidelines for work preparation, cabinet procedures, and cleanup operations and techniques for avoiding contamination while using a biological safety cabinet. 

Safe Use of Fumehoods

This training will cover and identify the unsafe activities that may occur within a lab. Scientific laboratories are equipped with fume hoods in order to improve the level of safety of people conducting experiments with products that would represent a threat to the health, and possibly the life, of someone using the products in some unprotected way. Working in a laboratory is a high-risk activity(1), and there are a number of things that can make that activity categorically unsafe. 

Safety Orientation - On Alert

This course includes general guidelines for workplace safety and worker protection, as well as a special module that addresses safety information on topics for specific workplace settings. This Introduce a new form of training that allows you to choose the new-hire training program that best meets the needs of your facility! Two DVD versions are available; one contains 8 segments and the other contains 15 segments of core compliance training. Choose the version that best fits your needs. 

Small Spills and Leaks

This course is designed to help students understand the basic concepts of safely handling a small spill or leak, including the six primary steps involved. 

Workplace Violence

Homicide is now the second-leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States – number one for women. This important online training course is designed to help supervisors and employees identify the warning signs of workplace violence in order to prevent it from occurring. The course will help teach managers how to implement a Violence Prevention Program and to develop policies and procedures for handling threats and incidents of violence. Produced by Coastal.

  • Understanding workplace violence
  • Sources and forms of violence
  • Causes of violence
  • Warning signs
  • Preventing workplace violence
  • Recognizing and reporting threats
  • Stress management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Personal safety tips
  • Designing a management response
  • Violence Prevention Program
  • Needs assessment
  • Policies and procedures
  • Handling threats and incidents