Safety Training


Everyone (students, faculty, researchers) must be familiar with the chemical hygiene plan (CHP) that covers their particular workplace. The CHP has been customized for each laboratory, so they are not interchangeable. They include safety, housekeeping and standard operating procedures. The principal investigator for each cluster of laboratories is responsible to see that the CHP is understood by everyone that works in the laboratory space. If you are not familiar with the CHP, ask the PI or designated representative to see it.

The CHP requires specific training in safety procedures and equipment operation. See the CHP book, PI or representative to find out which equipment and processes require specialized training. The CHP must contain documentation of your training before you are eligible to use the equipment or process. EHS CHP Guidelines.

Training Resources

BLS025w - ONLINE REQUIRED General Laboratory Safety Training

This course is estimated to take 3.5 hours. All research laboratory personnel must successfully complete this course or an approved equivalent provided by EHS. This course is designed to provide training on the topic of laboratory health and safety with additional focus on personal protective equipment. If necessary for your research work, Bloodborne pathogens safety training is covered in another course module. The employee will be provided with general information necessary to work safely in a laboratory and understand applicable regulations, including an overview of employee rights and responsibilities. The primary regulations covered are: MIOSHA Part 431. Hazardous Work in Laboratories, MIOSHA R325.60001 Personal Protective Equipment. Additional topics related to working in laboratories are also covered including: hazardous waste management, electrical safety, understanding Safety Data Sheets (hazard communication), compressed gas cylinder safety, engineering controls, and standard operating procedures. This information is important for your safety and you must complete the entire training. Beyond this training, laboratory supervisors must provide employees with safety information/training that is laboratory-specific and focused on experimental materials & methods. Keywords: BLS 025w, BLS025, BLS 025, laboratory, safety training, general, general lab safety. (Graduate Students).
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U of M Department of Environment, Health & Safety, EHS

Training at the University of Michigan (U-M) is a critical element for ensuring personnel safety.  Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) offers online training presentations, instructor-led training, and customized training. Safety training resources can be found at:

Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, LNF

University of Michigan Walter E. Wilson Student Team Project Center

Provides students with dedicated space and facilities for student teams to find creative solutions to a variety of problems. All users must complete basic safety training as well as SOP and CHP training specific to their work in the Center.

Chemical Engineering

Process Safety Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum Initiative (professional safety training for undergraduates and personal laboratory safety) Led by Professor H. Scott Fogler

Undergraduate safety training for working in ChE Labs

Graduate safety training for working in ChE Labs

GSI Orientation Training

Provides general information on lab safety during our "Being a Successful Lab Instructor" workshop (~4 slides). These slides highlight resources and some quick lab safety videos.  It highlights the GSI guidebook which has information on lab safety in it during the opening plenary. An OSEH representative reviews the lab safety information in the guidebook once/year.  (Tershia Pinder-Grover 2/14/14). 

Lisa Stowe, CIH, OSEH & Dennis Grimard, Ph.D., LNF drafted guidelines for GSI laboratory safety training.  (see attachment below)