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Lab Safety


Risk isn’t an easy concept. It’s much more about our cognitive perceptions and the systems we put in place than merely a two-factor matrix of severity and probability. The more we willingly implement effective risk-related systems and are honest with ourselves about our cognitive biases, the better our risk management will be. Unlock the secrets of lab safety and risk management with Lab Manager Academy’s comprehensive Risk stream credential. Dive into four courses designed to enhance your understanding of risk-related topics and empower you with the skills to create a safer laboratory environment.

What is this stream credential about?

  • Risk Assessing and Characterizing: Learn to assess and characterize risk using tools like RAMP. Explore the intricacies of risk beyond the traditional equation. Gain insights into hazard, safety, and risk definitions, various risk matrices, and assessment methods.
  • Risk Communication and Decision-Making: Understand the psychology behind risk perception and decision-making under uncertainty. Delve into the affective and analytical risk systems, cognitive biases affecting decisions, and the role of storytelling in effective risk communication.
  • Risk Management and Mitigation: Explore the hierarchy of hazard controls and the importance of collaboration in hazard mitigation. Understand why Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not always the first line of defense. Learn how multi-disciplinary teams contribute to more effective risk management.
  • Life Safety: Focus on life safety essentials, including fires, exits, maximum allowable quantities, and building codes. Gain knowledge about human factors in fires, the impact of maximum allowable quantities, and the critical role of exits in life safety decisions.

Who is this stream credential for?

This program is ideal for laboratory professionals, safety managers, and anyone involved in environmental, health, safety, and risk management within laboratory settings. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting, the Risk stream offers valuable insights to enhance your risk management skills.

What are the benefits of this stream credential?

By completing the Risk stream, you’ll gain:

  • Enhanced understanding of risk assessment and characterization
  • Improved risk communication and decision-making skills
  • Proficiency in risk management and mitigation strategies
  • In-depth knowledge of life safety considerations in laboratory settings

What do I get out of completing this stream credential?

Upon successful completion of the Risk stream, you will receive a stream credential from Lab Manager Academy, demonstrating your expertise in lab safety and risk management. Additionally, as an IACET Accredited Provider, Lab Manager Academy offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.

How long do the courses take to complete?

Each course in the Risk stream credential is designed to be completed in approximately 60 minutes. The entire stream credential should take approximately four hours to complete, allowing for flexible scheduling to accommodate your busy professional life.

What is the format of the courses?

All courses in the Risk stream are entirely online, providing the flexibility to be completed from anywhere, anytime. The online format ensures accessibility and convenience for busy professionals.

Who is the Instructor?

Meet Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CIT, Lab Manager's senior safety editor and the leader of the Lab Safety Management Certificate. Jon possesses 35 years of professional experience in environmental, health, safety, and risk (EHSR). Jon was safety director for two colleges of engineering with hundreds of labs doing a wide variety of research. He consulted for many years with private industry, government, non-profits, and higher ed. He also taught EHSR at two colleges and was a management faculty member in an MBA and HR master's program. Jon's master's is in adult education and learning, and he is a PhD candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University.

What is Lab Manager Academy?

Lab Manager Academy provides a wide array of courses for lab managers and safety managers, offering essential knowledge and training on a variety of topics. In our online curriculum, you can choose individual courses, opt for stream-level credentials, or pursue a full certificate program to enhance your leadership and safety management skills. Whether you're already a lab manager, safety officer, or technician—or you're aspiring to be one—our certificate programs will empower you to manage safer, more secure, and highly productive laboratory environments. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Lab Manager Academy ensures that its learning events comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard, guaranteeing a standard of excellence.

Embark on your journey to mastering risk in the lab with Lab Manager Academy. Invest in your safety knowledge today and elevate your role in the laboratory environment. Enroll now and empower yourself to create a safer and more secure workplace.

Curriculum content

  • Instructor: Jonathan Klane Are you ready to delve deeper into the world of risk? Welcome to Risk Assessing and Characterizing , where we go beyond the surface to uncover the intricate dynamics of risk – a fundamental human construct designed to keep us safe and alive. In this transformative course led by esteemed instructor Jonathan Klane, you'll embark on a journey to redefine your understanding of risk. What is this course about? Dive into the intricacies of risk assessment and characterization with our comprehensive online course. In today's world, understanding risk is paramount to ensuring safety and success in various endeavors. Contrary to the oversimplified equation often cited, risk encompasses a multifaceted interplay of factors beyond mere severity, exposure, and probability. Through this course, we'll unravel the complexities of risk assessment, exploring tools, methodologies, and frameworks vital for informed decision-making. What are the benefits of this course? Foundations of Risk: Dive into the core concepts of hazard, safety, and risk, laying a solid groundwork for your understanding. Matrix Mastery: Demystify risk matrices with in-depth explorations of 2-level and 3-level matrices, equipping you with practical knowledge to navigate complex risk landscapes. Possibility vs. Probability: Gain clarity on the nuances between possibility and probability, crucial for accurate risk evaluation. Tools of the Trade: Explore a plethora of risk assessment methods and tools, arming yourself with a versatile toolkit for real-world applications. RAMP Methodology: Uncover the secrets of the RAMP risk assessment method, utilized in laboratories worldwide, and harness its power to mitigate risk effectively. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Define hazard, safety, and risk Explain a 2-level and a 3-level risk matrix Compare and contrast possibility vs. probability List at least five risk assessment methods or tools Describe the RAMP risk assessment method Whether you're a seasoned professional seeking to refine your expertise or a newcomer eager to grasp the fundamentals, this course caters to all skill levels. With Jonathan Klane as your guide, prepare to embark on a transformative journey where theoretical insights meet real-world applications, equipping you to navigate risk with finesse and foresight. Don't let uncertainty hold you back – enroll now and embark on your quest to master Risk Assessing and Characterizing today!
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  • Instructor: Jonathan Klane Are you ready to navigate the complex landscape of risk management with confidence and precision? Welcome to Risk Management and Mitigation ! Led by esteemed instructor Jonathan Klane, this dynamic course equips you with indispensable knowledge and strategies to identify, assess, and effectively mitigate risks across various domains. What is this course about? In Risk Management and Mitigation , we dive deep into the art and science of identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks in various environments. In this course, we'll equip you with essential tools and strategies to navigate through potential hazards effectively. Building upon the foundation laid out in our Technical Topics stream, we'll explore the hierarchy of controls as the cornerstone for implementing hazard control methods. Through interactive modules and real-world case studies, you'll gain invaluable insights into mitigating risks proactively and safeguarding both yourself and your environment. What are the benefits of this course? Mastering the Hierarchy of Controls: Gain a deep understanding of the sequential steps involved in the hierarchy of controls. Learn to prioritize hazard control methods in the most effective order to minimize risk exposure. Unveiling the Role of PPE: Explore why Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) occupies a critical but nuanced position in the hierarchy. Understand its importance and limitations in mitigating risks, and learn when and how to utilize it effectively. Harnessing Isolation and Work Practices: Delve into the versatile applications of isolation and work practices as alternative methods of hazard control. Understand their significance and learn how to integrate them into your risk mitigation strategies. The Power of Collaboration: Discover the transformative impact of collaboration in implementing hazard controls. Explore the myriad benefits of multidisciplinary teamwork and learn how diverse perspectives enhance the effectiveness of risk mitigation approaches. Empowering Multi-disciplinary Approaches: Learn how to leverage the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team to develop robust and holistic risk mitigation strategies. Understand how collaboration fosters innovation and ensures comprehensive risk management. What are the learning outcomes of this course? List the steps of the hierarchy of controls in order Explain why PPE is so important given its relative position in the hierarchy Describe the uses of isolation and work practices as two levels that don’t always appear in the hierarchy List at least three benefits of collaborating to help implement hazard controls Describe how a multi-disciplinary team helps develop more effective approaches Whether you're a seasoned lab safety professional or a newcomer to the field, Risk Management and Mitigation promises to elevate your expertise and empower you to safeguard against uncertainties effectively. Don't let risks dictate your outcomes— enroll now and embark on a transformative journey towards mastery in risk management!
  • Instructor: Jonathan Klane Are you intrigued by the mysterious ways our minds navigate uncertainty and make decisions? Dive into the fascinating world of risk communication and decision-making with our expert-led online course! What is this course about? In a world where odd perceptions often drive our choices, understanding the dynamics of risk communication and decision-making is paramount. Dive deep into the fascinating interplay between our analytical and affective risk systems. Led by esteemed instructor Jonathan Klane, this course is designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the intricate landscape of risk perception and decision-making. In today's fast-paced world, our affective risk system often takes the lead, influencing our choices more than we realize. Understanding the interplay between our analytical and experiential risk systems is key to making informed decisions that align with our goals and values. What are the benefits of this course? Differentiate between analytical (logical) and experiential (affective) risk systems: Gain insights into how these systems shape our perceptions and drive our decisions, sometimes in surprising ways. Explore the vast spectrum of risk perceptions: From the weird to the wildly varying, uncover the factors that influence how we perceive and respond to risks in our lives. Identify and mitigate cognitive biases: Equip yourself with the knowledge to recognize and overcome common biases that can cloud judgment and lead to suboptimal decision-making. Understand system 1 (fast) vs. system 2 (slow) thinking: Learn to harness the power of both intuitive and deliberate thought processes to make more deliberate and effective choices. Decode "judgment under uncertainty": Unravel the complexities of decision-making in uncertain situations, and discover strategies to navigate ambiguity with confidence. Harness the power of storytelling in risk communication: Discover why stories are a compelling and effective tool for communicating complex risks, and learn how to craft narratives that resonate with your audience What are the learning outcomes of this course? Compare and contrast our analytical (logical) risk system vs. our experiential (affective) risk system Describe our weirdly, widely, and wildly varying risk perceptions List at least seven cognitive biases that affect our decisions Compare and contrast system 1 (fast) vs. system 2 (slow) thinking Explain the meaning behind the phrase “judgment under uncertainty” Defend the use of stories for risk communicating risk Don't miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the inner workings of risk communication and decision-making. Whether you're a professional navigating complex choices or simply curious about the mysteries of the human mind, this course is your gateway to understanding and mastering the art of decision-making under uncertainty. Enroll now and embark on a journey to mastering risk communication and decision-making today!
  • Instructor: Jonathan Klane Are you prepared to face the unexpected? In our interconnected world, one risk stands out above all: fire. The ability to navigate life safety protocols isn't just about compliance—it's about ensuring everyone emerges unscathed. Welcome to Life Safety , your comprehensive guide to understanding, implementing, and championing life safety measures in any setting. What is this course about? Life safety isn't solely about fires; it encompasses a myriad of crucial elements including exits, maximum allowable quantities, building codes, and human factors. Led by industry expert Jonathan Klane, this course dives deep into the core principles and practical applications of life safety, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to safeguard lives in any scenario. What are the benefits of this course? Understanding Life Safety Codes: Gain insight into the foundational principles of life safety codes and regulations, empowering you to navigate complex safety protocols with confidence. Enhanced Risk Assessment: Learn to advocate for improved risk assessment practices, ensuring consistency and effectiveness in identifying and mitigating potential hazards. Human Factors in Fire Management: Explore the critical role of human behavior in fire incidents, enabling you to proactively address psychological and physiological factors for better safety outcomes. Impact of Maximum Allowable Quantities: Understand how maximum allowable quantities can influence the safety of entire laboratory floors, and learn strategies to manage chemical hazards effectively. Building Occupancy Classifications: Identify key building occupancy classifications and their implications for laboratory construction and usage, optimizing safety protocols for specific environments. Critical Role of Exits: Appreciate the significance of exits in life safety procedures, and learn how to design and maintain effective egress systems to ensure swift evacuation. Engineering Controls for Safety: Discover the value of engineering controls in mitigating risks and enhancing productivity, and gain insights into space optimization strategies for improved safety outcomes. Decision-Making Authority: Identify stakeholders responsible for life safety decisions, empowering you to navigate organizational hierarchies and advocate for safety measures effectively.  What are the learning outcomes of this course? Explain the basis of life safety codes, Defend the need for improved and consistent risk assessment throughout a process or experiment, including any changes to it, Describe at least three human factors involved with fires, Explain how maximum allowable quantities can impact an entire floor of labs, List several building occupancy classifications and state how it impacts lab construction and use, Describe how exits play a critical role in life safety, Defend the value of several engineering controls for safety/risk, as well as increased productivity of space, Identify who typically has final say over life safety decisions. Join us and embark on a journey towards ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals in any environment. Don't wait for emergencies to strike—equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to protect lives. Enroll in Life Safety today!