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Laboratory Training Requirements

The University requires safety training for laboratory employees to insure that they are adequately informed about physical and health hazards present within the laboratory and methods for minimizing the risks of exposure. “Laboratory employees” include faculty, staff, and employed students who work in a laboratory setting. For this document the term “laboratory employees” applies as well to graduate and post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists who work in laboratories. Required training is determined by job duties of the laboratory employee and the specific hazards within the lab.

Your Training History

You can verify what classes you have taken through TXClass (EID required) and choose “Training History.”

Required Training for all Laboratory Employees

Additional Courses

To assist lab departments with maintaining training requirements, the university offers these additional courses:

  • OH 204 Compressed Gases — Compressed gas cylinders can be extremely hazardous when misused or abused. Compressed gas cylinders present a variety of hazards due to their pressure and/or content. This training provides information on how to safely handle and use compressed gases. This course is required for anyone who works with these cylinders.

  • OH207 Biological Safety — Required for all lab employees working with biological hazards, e.g., infectious agents and recombinant DNA.

  • OH218 Bloodborne Pathogens — Required annually for all employees working in labs with human blood or tissues.

  • OH238 Laboratory Safety Refresher - Required three years after the completion of OH201 Laboratory Safety and every three years thereafter.

  • OH301 Basic Radiological Health — Required for all users of radioactive materials.

  • OH601 Dry Ice Shipping — Required for all workers involved in dry ice shipments.

  • OH304 Laser Safety — Required for all users of Class 3B and 4 lasers.

  • OH306 X-ray Safety - Required for all users of radiation (x-ray) producing machines.

  • CW512 NIH guidelines - Required for all workers in labs with recombinant DNA.

  • RR100 Responsible Conduct of Research - Required of all researchers supported on certain NIH grants.  This link has information on this course and and other RCR training.

  • For training on the shipping of hazardous material other than dry ice, contact EH&S.

Responsibilities of PI/Lab Supervisors

PIs/lab supervisors are required to insure all their employees receive proper training, and to provide Site-Specific Hazard Communication training to “laboratory employees” and students in individual instruction courses. PIs/lab supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all training is properly documented and that individuals working in their labs do not engage in activities for which they have not been trained.

EHS Course Schedules and Enrollment

Schedules for courses provided by EHS are available through TXClass (EID required). Lab employees can enroll in courses online. Individuals without access to the Internet can call EHS at 512-471-3511 for course enrollment information.

For More Information

Laboratory Safety ManualUT Hazard Communication Program (PDF), or call EHS at 512-471-3511.

 

 

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Emergency procedures

  • In the event of a fire, serious injury, or other life-threatening situation, call UT Police at 911. 
  • When a biological, chemical, or radioactive spill occurs, or other hazardous environmental situations such as possible gas leaks, air or water quality concerns, call the Environmental Health and Safety at 512-471-3511 (8:00am-5:00pm M-F) or Campus Police at 911 (nights, weekends and holidays).
  • After contacting the appropriate emergency responders, you should alert your supervisor 

Remember to have your name, number, location, and any other pertinent information available at the time of the call. It is important to inform the safety office and the police if any one has been injured or if there has been personal exposure to a dangerous substance.

 

Non-emergency contacts

  • For issues such as leaking pipes, electrical faults, air-conditioning problems, and custodial call 512-471-2020 (7:30am-5pm M-F).

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Important phone numbers

Building-related emergency or problem (broken water pipe, etc): call your building manager (to find your building manager, click the link for your building on this website) or call directly to Facility Services (512) 471-2020 (you can also use this number to request paper towels refills, light bulb replacements, etc.).  

The Environmental Health & Safety (512-471-3511) website has many safety resources.  These include: Safety Training, hazardous waste disposal,  

Workers compensation

If you have a work related injury or illness, you may qualify for workers compensation.  This will cover insurance copays and certain additional expenses.  To qualify for Workers' compensation you must report your injury or illness as soon as possible (24-48 hours, when possible) to your departmental administrator and complete the paper work. If you do not file the paperwork with time limit, you may lose your ability to claim benefits if it later becomes apparent that the injury is more serious that originally believed.  You must also use a IMO Med-Select Network provider.  All of the local emergency rooms are included in this network.  For non-emergency medical care, call Occupational Health (512-471-4647), and they will direct you to a provider.  

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Lab workers performing laboratory procedures involving hazardous chemical and biomaterials are required to have proper training in the safe handling and disposal of all materials they use.  Before starting any work in the lab the personel should be aware of the existing chemical hazards and/or bio hazards. 

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) in collaboration with the faculty Research Safety Advisory Committee prepared the UT-lab Safety manual specifficaly for UT Austin.  There are a wide variety of hazardous materials handled in laboratories at UT Austin.  Faculty and researchers know the most about the unique hazards in their laboratory.  It is expected that the Principal Investigator will append any supplementary safety information to this manual pertinent to their specific laboratory.   

 

Below is a list of core facilities and advanced laboratories in the college. 

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Graduate Programs

The ILS core facilities support cellular and molecular biology research at The University of Texas at Austin. The facilities offer a full range of services in nucleic acid and protein sequencing, peptide synthesis, mass spectrometry, protein purification and analysis, DNA microarrays, x-ray chrystallography, and transgenic - knockout mice. The ICMB core facilities include:

IMAGING RESEARCH CENTER

The Imaging Research Center is home to a high-field (3 Tesla) MRIt, an image analysis computer suite, test rooms, fully outfitted electronics & machine shops, offices, and a conference/classroom area.

NANOTECHNOLOGY CORE FACILITIES

The Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology facilities located in the FNT building  features a variety of facilities that support state-of-the-art teaching activities and high-level scientific research.

  • Nano/Micro Fabrication and Inspection
  • Electronic and Optoelectronic Testing
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopy

PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

The Department of Physics provides a number of facilities and services for use by faculty, staff, and students within the Department. Many facilities are also available for use by other university-affiliated students and staff.

  • Mechanical Section is located on the third floor (first basement level) of the Physics, Math and Astronomy Building (PMA) and comprises four groups—the Machine Shop, the Student Machine Shop, the Cryogenics Shop, and the Electronics Shop.
  • Materials Physics Lab (Advanced Atomic Design group) is a cross-college collaborative laboratory aiming to advance the fundamental understanding of new materials, particularly complex oxides.

PLANT RESOURCES CENTER

The Plant Resources Center (TEX-LL) with over 1,000,000 specimens is the largest herbarium in the southwestern United States and ranks fifth among U.S. university herbaria and twelfth across the nation. TEX-LL, with about a quarter of its specimens from Texas, has the largest holdings of Texas plants in the world. Nearly one half of the specimens at TEX-LL are from Latin America, with an especially strong representation of Mexico and northern Central America. Presently the number of vascular plant collections inserted in the herbarium is growing at an approximate rate of 16,400 specimens per year.

TEXAS PETAWATT LASER

The college is currently home to the highest power laser in the world, the Texas Petawatt Laser, which, when turned on, has the power output of more than 2,000 times the output of all power plants in the United States. (A petawatt is one quadrillion watts.) The laser is brighter than sunlight on the surface of the sun, but it only lasts for an instant, a 10th of a trillionth of a second (0.0000000000001 second).

TEXAS NATURAL SCIENCE CENTER

With many facilities at the J.J. Pickle research campus in North Austin, the Texas Natural Science Center is home to some of the most extensive collections of invertebrate and vertebrate fossils and natural history collections in the country. A high-resolution X-ray CT (Computed Tomography) scanner is available at the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab.

UTEX CULTURE COLLECTION OF ALGAE

The Culture Collection includes approximately 3,000 different strains of living algae, representing most major algal taxa. The primary function of UTEX is to provide algal cultures at modest cost to a user community. Cultures in the Collection are used for research, teaching, biotechnology development, and various other projects throughout the world. 

Field Research Stations