Technical Safety Topics
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Lab Safety / Lab Safety Management Certificate

Technical Safety Topics

Welcome to Lab Manager Academy's Technical Safety Topics stream, a comprehensive program consisting of four courses designed to empower lab managers and safety professionals with the knowledge and skills to enhance safety practices in laboratory settings. Each course is designed to cover specific technical aspects of lab safety, including Biosafety and Biosecurity, Chemical Hygiene, Physical Hazards, and Radiation Health and Safety. Delve into comprehensive modules designed to guide lab managers in making informed decisions, minimizing risks, and ensuring a safe working environment.

What is this stream credential about?

This stream covers four essential technical lab safety topics, namely:

  • Biosafety and Biosecurity: This course focuses on preventing harm within the lab and protecting the population and environment outside the lab. Covers risk groupings, biosafety levels, and hazard controls.
  • Chemical Hygiene: This course explores the hazards associated with various chemicals, including flammables, corrosives, oxidizers, reactives, asphyxiants, and toxins. Emphasizes hazard controls and safety documentation.
  • Physical Hazards: This course addresses often overlooked risks such as electro-mechanical, noise/vibration, ergonomics, heat/cold, and slips/trips/falls. Advocates for cross-training to prevent ergonomic musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Radiation Health and Safety: This course covers ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, discussing their effects and controls. Includes the concept of ALARA ("as low as reasonably achievable").

Each course within this stream aims to empower lab managers and professionals to make informed risk decisions in these critical areas.

Who is this stream credential for?

This program is designed for lab managers, researchers, and professionals involved in laboratory settings. Whether you are directly responsible for lab safety or work within a lab environment, these courses provide valuable insights and knowledge to enhance your safety practices.

What are the benefits of this stream credential?

By completing the Technical Safety Topics stream, participants gain the knowledge and skills needed to enhance biosafety, chemical hygiene, physical hazard management, and radiation safety. Empower yourself to make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and contribute to a safer lab environment.

What do I get out of completing this stream credential?

Completing the Technical Safety Topics stream offers you a valuable credential from Lab Manager Academy, showcasing your expertise in critical safety areas. You'll emerge as a more confident and knowledgeable professional, capable of ensuring a safer working environment for yourself and your colleagues. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Lab Manager Academy offers IACET CEUs for its learning events, further enhancing the recognition and value of your achievement.

How long do the courses take to complete?

Each course is thoughtfully crafted to be completed in approximately 60 minutes, making it convenient to fit into your busy schedule. The entire Technical Safety Topics stream, consisting of four courses, can be completed in just four hours, ensuring a focused and efficient learning experience.

What is the format of the courses?

All courses in the Technical Safety Topics 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.

Ready to take the next step in mastering lab safety? Enroll now and empower yourself with the knowledge to create a safer laboratory environment.

Curriculum content

  • Instructor: Jonathan Klane Are you passionate about ensuring safety in the laboratory environment? Dive into the world of Biosafety and Biosecurity with our comprehensive online course led by expert instructor Jonathan Klane. Gain the knowledge and skills to safeguard yourself, your colleagues, and the broader community from bioactive materials' potential harm. What is this course about? In Biosafety and Biosecurity , you'll explore the fundamental principles and practices essential for preventing exposures to hazardous materials in laboratory settings. From understanding risk groupings and biosafety levels to implementing effective hazard controls, this course equips you with the tools to enhance safety protocols in your lab. What are the benefits of this course? Next-Generation Safeguarding: Discover actionable steps to elevate biosafety and biosecurity protocols within your lab, ensuring that nobody falls ill due to their work. Comparison and Contrast: Delve into the fundamentals of biosafety and biosecurity, distinguishing between their roles and understanding their significance at a basic level. Biosafety Levels Unveiled: Gain insights into the four biosafety levels, unraveling the complexities of pathogenicity risks and the corresponding control measures. Navigating Approvals and Oversight: Explore the regulatory landscape surrounding biohazardous materials, identifying the groups requiring approvals and oversight for safe handling. Hierarchy of Hazard Controls: Learn the hierarchy of hazard controls in meticulous order, supplemented with real-world examples to reinforce your understanding. Roles and Responsibilities: Understand the pivotal roles of laboratory personnel in upholding biosafety standards, ensuring a culture of safety permeates every aspect of research. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Show the next steps for improved biosafety/biosecurity in their lab Compare and contrast biosafety/biosecurity at a basic level Describe the four biosafety levels List several of the groups of biohazardous materials requiring approvals and oversight List the hierarchy of hazard controls, in order, with examples Describe the roles of lab staff as they apply to biosafety Join us in Biosafety and Biosecurity , where safety isn't just a priority – it's a commitment to protecting lives both inside and outside the lab. Enroll now and take the first step towards becoming a proactive advocate for laboratory safety!
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  • Instructor: Jonathan Klane Are you passionate about scientific exploration but wary of the hidden dangers lurking in your lab? Dive into the world of Chemical Hygiene and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to navigate hazardous substances safely. What is this course about? Welcome to Chemical Hygiene , where we delve into the essential aspects of handling chemicals in laboratory and research settings. In this dynamic online course, you will explore the diverse hazards and risks associated with various chemicals, from the obvious to the concealed. Led by expert instructor Jonathan Klane, you will navigate through six critical chemical hygiene categories: flammables/combustibles, corrosives, oxidizers, reactives, asphyxiants, and toxins. What are the benefits of this course? Understanding Chemical Hazards: Delve into the six major chemical hygiene categories, including flammables/combustibles, corrosives, oxidizers, reactives, asphyxiants, and toxins. Learn to identify and mitigate risks, both apparent and hidden. Body Defense Systems: Explore the four routes of entry for chemicals into the body and discover at least four different target organ toxicities. Jonathan Klane will walk you through real-world examples, shedding light on the importance of protecting vital organs from harmful substances. Hierarchy of Hazard Controls: Master the application of hazard controls, from elimination and substitution to engineering controls and personal protective equipment (PPE). Gain practical insights into selecting the most effective control measures for various chemical hazards. Lab Safety Protocols: Unravel the purposes of essential lab safety documents and understand the pivotal roles that contribute to a culture of safety in laboratory environments. Additional Resources: Expand your toolkit with a comprehensive list of additional chemical hygiene resources, empowering you to stay informed and up-to-date on best practices in the field. What are the learning outcomes of this course? List and describe each of the major hazard categories Explain the four routes of entry into the body and at least four different target organ toxicities, including an example toxic substance for each organ Apply the hierarchy of hazard controls to chemical hazards Give examples of different hazard control approaches List the purposes of typical lab safety documents Describe the roles that contribute to safety List other useful chemical hygiene resources Whether you're a seasoned researcher, a curious student, or an aspiring lab technician, Chemical Hygiene is your passport to a safer, more secure laboratory experience. Join Jonathan Klane and take the first step towards becoming a confident and conscientious steward of chemical safety. Enroll now and embark on a journey towards mastery in chemical hygiene. Your safety—and the safety of those around you—depends on it.
  • Instructor: Jonathan Klane Are you aware that some of the most prevalent dangers in the workplace often lurk unseen, neglected, or underestimated? Welcome to our transformative online course, where we shed light on the overlooked yet critical realm of Physical Hazards . What is this course about? Uncover the unseen dangers lurking in laboratories with our comprehensive online course on Physical Hazards . Delve into the realm of electrical, mechanical, noise, temperature, vibration, ergonomics, and slips, trips, and falls—the often overlooked yet critical hazards that pose real risks in lab environments. Led by esteemed instructor Jonathan Klane, this course equips you with the knowledge and strategies to identify, mitigate, and prevent these invisible threats effectively. What are the benefits of this course? Awareness and Recognition: Understand why physical hazards are frequently underestimated and overlooked, despite their potential for severe consequences. Comprehensive Understanding: Explore six distinct types of physical hazards—electrical, mechanical, noise, temperature, vibration, and ergonomic risks—excluding the commonly recognized laboratory hazards. Effective Control Measures: Master the principles of the hierarchy of hazard controls to implement effective strategies for mitigating physical hazards in various settings. Prevention Strategies: Learn proactive measures to prevent incidents and injuries associated with the often-neglected hazards present in laboratory environments. Ergonomic Solutions: Discover the importance of cross-training as a powerful tool in combating ergonomic musculoskeletal disorders, ensuring a safer and healthier workplace for all. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Explain why physical hazards are often overlooked Describe six types of physical hazards, excluding the most recognized hazards in labs (biological, chemical, and radiation) Determine how to control physical hazards effectively using the hierarchy of hazard controls Assess how to prevent incidents and injuries involving lesser-known hazards in lab settings Make the case for cross-training as an effective strategy to prevent ergonomic musculoskeletal disorders Don't let unseen threats jeopardize the safety and well-being of your workforce. Take charge of workplace safety by enrolling in our comprehensive course on Physical Hazards today! Enroll now to secure your spot and embark on a journey towards a safer tomorrow.
  • Instructor: Jonathan Klane In today's world, understanding radiation is paramount. Whether you work in healthcare, industry, or simply want to protect yourself and others, this course equips you with essential knowledge and practical skills to navigate the risks associated with ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. What is this course about? Delve into the intricate world of radiation with our comprehensive online course on Radiation Health and Safety . Developed and instructed by Jonathan Klane, a seasoned expert in the field, this course unravels the complexities of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Gain a profound understanding of the various types of radiation, their unique characteristics, and the essential measures to mitigate associated risks. What are the benefits of this course? Distinguish Between Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation: Gain clarity on the characteristics that differentiate these two forms of radiation, and understand how they impact our environment and health. Explore the World of Ionizing Radiation: Identify various types of ionizing radiation and their specific health effects, empowering you to navigate potential hazards with confidence. Master Radiation Control Measures: Learn the vital techniques of time, distance, and shielding to keep radiation exposure "as low as reasonably achievable" (ALARA), ensuring maximum safety in diverse environments. Unravel Non-Ionizing Radiation Risks: From ultraviolet to radiofrequency radiation, comprehend the risks posed by non-ionizing radiation, with a special focus on protecting vulnerable areas like the eyes and skin. Implement Effective Safety Protocols: Equip yourself with practical knowledge on implementing controls for non-ionizing radiation, including specialized measures for eye and skin protection. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Compare and contrast ionizing and nonionizing radiation effects List the types of ionizing radiation and describe their effects Explain the different ionizing controls, including time-distance-shielding List the types of nonionizing radiation and describe their effects Explain the different nonionizing controls, including eye and skin protection In an increasingly technologically-driven world, understanding radiation and its safety protocols is not just desirable – it's essential. Whether you're a healthcare professional, scientist, engineer, or simply curious about the invisible forces shaping our world, this course empowers you to make informed decisions and protect yourself and others from potential harm. Join us on this enlightening journey into the realm of radiation health and safety. Enroll now and step confidently into a safer, more informed future!