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

  • Biosafety and biosecurity take steps to prevent harm to anyone or anything (animals, plants, research, etc.) by a bioactive material from the lab. Biosafety prevents exposures to lab staff inside the lab. No one gets sick from their work. Biosecurity is preventing exposures to the population and environment outside the lab. What happens inside the lab, stays in the lab. Biosafety and biosecurity use risk groupings and biosafety levels to categorize the pathogenicity risks and required controls. Learning Outcomes: 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.
    • Lesson Biosafety and Biosecurity

  • Chemical hygiene focuses on the hazards and risks presented by the variety of chemicals used in labs, research, and science. Some of these risks are obvious, and others are hidden. The six chemical hygiene categories covered are flammables/combustibles, corrosives, oxidizers, reactives, asphyxiants, and toxins. Learning Outcomes: 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.
  • Physical hazards include the risks from electrical, mechanical, noise, temperature, vibration, ergonomics, and slips, trips, and falls. Many of these hazard types don’t get sufficient attention—they’re invisible, hidden in equipment, or rare. However, they are critical and can be both a frequent and devastating source of harm. Learning Outcomes: 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.
  • Radiation is a complex and technical topic. This course covers the various types of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, how they differ, and their effects. There are several types of ionizing radiation with significant health effects. It requires greater means of control, including time, distance, and shielding and the concept of ALARA or “as low as reasonably achievable.” Nonionizing radiation also presents risks, mostly to the eyes and skin. The controls needed are focused on our outer bodies and are less complex. Learning Outcomes: 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.