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Laboratory safety program training should cover continuing education as well as initial requirements.

Initial safety training of new employees should include:

  • Chemical hygiene plan
  • Hazard communication
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Laser/ALS safety
  • Radiation safety (if necessary)
  • Emergency action plan
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Unit-specific training (e.g., firearms, special handling procedures based on the laboratory's physical plant)

Continuing education should encompass:

  • New procedures that evolve during the employee's tenure with the laboratory
  • Refresher training as needed
  • New unit-specific procedures as they are developed

Yearly retraining in all of the above topics may not be necessary.  All training, either initial or continuing, shall be documented and the records maintained according to the appropriate procedures.

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