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Laboratory Safety

Commitment to Safety

The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to supporting campus-wide laboratory safety. Laboratory safety is the responsibility of all University personnel involved in research. These personnel include those directly involved in conducting research as well as the University functions that support them. Everyone must do their part to ensure the safety at University laboratories. Our hope is to develop and foster a culture of safety, not only to prevent accidents, but to aid in our completing world-class research with integrity and professionalism. We are committed to ensuring that our research community has the knowledge and tools necessary to carry out their research safely.

Training Support

To ensure our safety goals are met, the University requires all researchers, staff and visitors to UTD laboratories to complete lab safety training commensurate with any risks or hazards associated with their involvement in University labs. These requirements apply to any individual who may be exposed to hazardous materials or equipment, including but not limited to, the following personnel who may perform laboratory functions:

  • Faculty
  • Non-Faculty Research Scientists
  • Lab Staff (Managers, supervisors, technicians, etc.)
  • Students (Graduates and undergraduates)
  • Post-doctoral fellows
  • University visitors

The Office of Research Compliance and Environmental Health & Safety provide general lab safety training that is a general supplement to lab-specific training. In addition to general safety training, Principal Investigators/Lab Supervisors must ensure their lab workers are trained on hazards and procedures that are specific to their labs.

General courses offered include both online- and classroom-based instruction and cover both general research policies and procedures related to laboratory safety. Most courses are required for research compliance by Principal Investigators and lab personnel involved in research at the University of Texas at Dallas. Specific requirements based on laboratory activity are listed below.

Training courses are offered under the following programs:

  • Laboratory Safety
  • Biological Safety
  • Chemical & Hazardous Waste Safety
  • Radiation and Laser Safety
  • Animal Care and Use
Access to Training

Training courses are access through the BioRAFT system. For guidelines on how to use the system, please click here.

Courses and Requirements

The University of Texas at Dallas has compiled a training matrix that describes the requirements for training and the associated training modules. The Laboratory Safety Training Matrix describes the minimum safety training requirements for all personnel who work in UTD laboratories. Safety training requirements are determined by the tasks, materials and equipment associated with each laboratory. All required training courses are assigned lab personnel through the Research Laboratory Management System based on lab assignment. View the Laboratory Safety Training Matrix .

Biological Safety
  • Biosafety: Introduction to proper handling of microorganisms in teaching and research, recombinant DNA, and work conducted in a microbiological laboratory
  • Bloodborne Pathogens: The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Epidemiology & Symptoms, Modes of Transmission, Exposure Control Plan, Tasks & Activities, Methods of Compliance, PPE Selection, PPE Decontamination & Disposal, Hepatitis B Vaccination, Emergency Procedures, Exposures, Post Exposure Evaluation & Follow-up, Signs and Labels, Waste Management (48 min)
Training Access and Support

A NetID and registration with a UTD research laboratory is required for access. If you are visiting a campus lab or do not have a NetID, please contact us.

Contact Us

Sanaz Okhovat
Assistant Vice President of Research Compliance

Shane Solis
Assistant Director

Laboratory and Chemical Safety

  • Laboratory Safety Training: Introduction to safe practices in the laboratory / research environment. Topics include: Basic information about safety, hazards (identification), controls, hazardous materials, electrical safety, earthquake safety, fire extinguishers, emergency procedures, and ergonomics.
  • Chemical Hygiene: Overview of the safe use of hazardous chemicals (flammables/combustibles, corrosives, reactives, and toxins). Topics include: Standards, Hazards and Controls, and Exposures.

Nanotechnology

  • Nanotechnology Safety: Access to online resources for nanomaterial safety.
Laser and Radiation Safety
  • Laser Safety Training: Overview of the safe use of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers. Topics include: Hazards (Biological and Non-Beam), Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, Work Practices, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Radiation Training: Initial hands-on and annual refresher for safe use of radioactive materials. Topics include ionizing radiation, ALARA, surveys, security and inventory control, waste management, records, rules, and lessons learned.
  • X-Ray Safety Training: Overview of the safe use and operation of x-ray producing equipment.

Animal Care & Use
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  • Research Animal Use and Care: Online and hands-on trainings are designed to provide an understanding of animal research regulations and proper care and handling of animals in a research setting.
  • Research Animal Methods: Optional technique modules include techniques for aseptic surgery of rodents and anesthesia and analgesia of rodents.