GHS, Hazard Signage and Chemical Labeling
Safe Lab Equipment
Safe Lab Practices and Procedures
OSHA and Lab Safety
Report Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions or Hazards
Guidance for the Selection of Laboratory Coats
It is important that you have the
required training before you start to work in the lab. Every laboratory worker is required to take Laboratory Safety Training
annually. Also, if you work with certain biological materials, you may be required to take Bloodborne Pathogens training annually. These courses, provided by the Division of Occupational Health and Safety, are the minimum required training to begin working in a laboratory at the NIH. Please speak with your supervisor to arrange task-specific training. Additional course information is available
The table below outlines the mandatory training courses, who is required to take the course and when to take the course.
Introduction to Lab Safety (online)
Laboratory Safety Refresher Course (online)
Once, when you first start at NIHThis course is only available in the summer. Laboratory Safety at the NIH classroom course must be taken when STARS is not available.
You may find the following supplemental training resources helpful:
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The GHS will utilize standardized pictograms, standardized hazard statements, and standardized precautionary statements to alert workers to chemical hazards.
Pictograms are visual identifiers that will help employees readily recognize general hazard categories. A chemical may have multiple pictograms.
Hazard Statements describe the nature of the hazard or hazards present and possibly the degree of the hazard for a chemical. A chemical may have multiple hazard statements. Each hazard statement is defined by OSHA and assigned a number. If you have personnel in your laboratory that do not speak or recognize English, you may use the assigned number of the hazard statement to identify the correct hazard statement in their language.
Hazard statements can be physical, health, or environmental hazards.*
List of GHS Hazard Statements in English *
Hazard Statements in European Languages
The following resources will help you learn the differences between the three labeling systems:
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Below are some links that you may find useful in addition to the
DOHS biosafety website. If you need more specific information or help, please contact your Safety Specialist.
The following websites provide useful information on the safe use of lab equipment:
University of Rochester Sonicator Safety
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Use the links below to help familiarize yourself with NIH emergency procedures. Speak with your PI about lab specific emergency procedures.
Hazardous Materials Incidents and Spills
NIH Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination: Evacuation and Shelter in Place
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has several laws and guidance documents that pertain to laboratory workers. The links below are a compilation of some of the pertinent resources from OSHA:
Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
Safety and Health Topics: Laboratories
OSHA Guide to the Globally Harmonized System
OSHA Guide on Flammable and Combustible Materials
Occupational Chemical Database
OSHA Publication on Laboratory Safety