Safety Training

Safety Training is assigned by the PI or Lab Manager via the CU Lab Assessment Tool and Chemical Hygiene Plan (LATCH).  Before you are allowed to begin working with chemicals in a Laboratory OR with any Shop Equipment (including the Rock Lab) on the Lamont Campus you must complete the requisite Safety Training.  Furthermore, before beginning any work in the lab or workshop, you must have the permission of the Lab Principle Investigator (PI) or the Shop Supervisor to work in that lab / workshop,  AND  review with the PI or Shop Supervisor the “Lab Specific Safety Work Procedures” or “Tool Specific Procedures”.  Click on the below links for further information:

What Training is Required

NOTE:  The initial Safety Training courses should be a live training session; these are held each month at either the Morningside or Medical Center Campuses. Please note, that LDEO does have “on site” training at which time a schedule will be sent out to the community. Typically this training occurs in June and September. The link about list the criteria to determine which training is necessary.  (NOTE: Interns must take the live training.)​

Research Compliance & Training

The Research Compliance Training Finder is an interactive tool that identifies which research compliance trainings an individual may be required to take.  Using a series of research-related questions, the Finder creates a personalized training chart of required and recommended trainings, complete with links to the trainings and the responsible offices.  The identified trainings can be added to your Rascal Training To-do List.

Training Schedules

If you attend any safety training courses on either the Morningside or Medical Center Campuses, promptly send an email to Cathy Troutman in the LDEO Safety Office stating which courses you attend, along with the date of the course and campus location, so that she can ensure that you receive proper credit in RASCAL.


New employees and Long-term visitors who have missed the monthly training must take the course(s) online in RASCAL before they can do any work in the lab. Depending on your past laboratory experience you may then seek permission from the LDEO Safety Office as to whether you must still attend the next scheduled “Live” training. (Again, Interns MUST take the live training). 


Note:  Special arrangements may be made for "Short-Term" visitors (e.g. staying less than 20 days) who cannot attend the "Live" monthly training, to take such training on-line provided that they have experience working in a laboratory with the chemicals that they will be using here and that the Lab PI will take responsibility for ensuring that any chemical wastes are managed as per LDEO Hazardous Waste Procedures.

In order to take the on-line Safety Training, the Lamont PI will need to email HR  with a request to set up a UNI for the visitor.  The PI will need to attach the visitor's curriculum vitae and state the period of the planned visit.  HR will contact the visitor directly for their social security # and date of birth.  Once that information is provided, HR will generate the UNI and email the visitor instructions for activating the UNI which will remain active for up to 30 days.  The request to HR should come at least 2 business days in advance to allow time to reach them.