1.8 Training and Information
Training is the cornerstone of any successful health and safety program and is the fundamental element of EH&S's commitment to ensuring Columbia University maintains and promotes a safe workplace. Many activities that take place in the course of research, academia and/or clinical care require specialized instruction on how these activities can be conducted safely and with minimal exposure to workplace hazards.
Every member of the University community engaged in laboratory operations is obligated to participate in the University’s safety training program. This obligation may be established by a regulatory agency, a condition of a grant, a University policy, a departmental requirement or as a combination of two or more of these mandates. Safety training course requirements and training frequency can be determined by visiting EH&S’s Safety Training webpage.
EH&S provides a wide range of safety training programs, presented in multiple formats and media, which are dynamic, highlighting newly identified hazards, hazard mitigation strategies and regulatory requirements in an effort to maintain pace with the ever evolving landscape of scientific research. The Laboratory Safety/Chemical Hygiene/Hazardous Waste Management training is required of all laboratory personnel working in a laboratory of with chemicals. This course is designed for developing an understanding of the Columbia University Chemical Hygiene Plan and the laboratory-specific LATCH and establishing good laboratory hygiene practices, as well as identifying methods for detecting the presence or release of a hazardous chemical and the physical and health hazards of exposure along with effective measures for protecting laboratory personnel, including appropriate work practices, emergency procedures, and PPE selection, use and maintenance.
EH&S provides supplemental information to help keep the Columbia University research community informed about the potential hazards in research laboratories, including EH&S’s quarterly newsletter SafetyMatters, safety brochures, FDN(wh)Y me?, Lessons Learned Bulletins from incidents and near-miss incidents, and various other guidance documents.