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Every person working in a laboratory must, at minimum, complete the online General Lab Safety Training, which will either be assigned to you by your lab's safety officer, or can found by logging into the Harvard Training Portal, and searching for General Laboratory Safety Training.

Other trainings may be assigned to you based on the hazards and processes present in the lab that you will be working in.

For help or more information, contact Maryam Borton at or (617) 564-8888


Before you begin working in a lab, you must also go through Lab Safety Orientation.

The Safety Officer must provide and maintain a record of training specific to the work conducted in the laboratory. This training includes, but is not limited to:

  • Location of emergency equipment, including fire alarms, fire blankets, fire extinguishers, eyewashes, emergency showers, spill kits, and decontamination materials. Demonstrate how to use the equipment.
  • The EH&S training courses required for the type of research conducted in the laboratory.
  • Specific safety precautions that must be taken with hazardous chemicals, biological materials, or radiation, including proper disposal based on EH&S policies, laboratory-, task- and equipment- specific hazard reviews and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

The Orientation Checklist can be found here.


Please contact Maryam Borton at to schedule a brief orientation.