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Office of Risk Management

Environmental Health & Safety

Research and Education Training

EHS offers a variety of training modules designed to ensure that researchers and students have the proper safety and regulatory knowledge while working in the laboratory or classroom.  Training programs are offered either in-person, online, or in both formats; see the specifics for each training program below.  Sign up for both online and in-person training classes on the Training Calendar and Registration Form page (except as noted).

Training Calendar and Registration Form

General Research Laboratory

Laboratory Safety Training


All faculty, staff, students, and visitors that work in SMU research laboratories must take Laboratory Safety Training. This is a 3-hour, in-person training offered by EHS on a monthly basis. It addresses risk assessments and emergency preparedness, chemical hygiene, hazardous waste management, personal protective equipment, and much more. 

Laboratory-Specific Training

In-Person: Contact Supervisor

EHS-provided training courses cover applicable state and federal laws, but ARE NOT a substitute for "in-lab" supervisor-led training.  Specific chemical handling, process development, and operating procedural training must be given by the principal investigator and should be documented as part of the departmental personnel files.  

As part of the specific supervisor-led laboratory training required for all individual working within SMU research laboratories, EHS offers the Laboratory-Specific Training Template to be used as a template for on-boarding your researchers and further training them on various SOPs and equipment.  The template can be contracted or expanded as the laboratory supervisor sees fit. Contact your supervisor or Brandon Chance for more information.

Laboratory-Specific Training Template

Laboratory Supervisor Training

In-Person: Schedule as Needed

This training session is a broad overview of laboratory safety obligations presented to principal investigators and laboratory supervisors that manage laboratories.  It is a one-on-one session that serves as an introduction to EHS and provides the opportunity for supervisors to address specific concerns that they have regarding their research interests. Laboratory Supervisor Training is scheduled on an as-needed basis by contacting Brandon Chance.

Biological Safety

General Biological Safety


This 1-hour training is required for all SMU students and employees whose work involves any of the following:

  • Biological agents, including but not limited to, those agents in all risk groups defined in Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories.
  • Recombinant or Synthetic DNA as defined by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic DNA Molecules.
  • Dual use research of concern as defined by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.
  • Select agents and select agent toxins, regulated either by the Department of Health and Human Services or by the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • Human blood, human blood components, products made from human blood, and Other Potentially Infectious Materials, as defined by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030).

This training will address biohazards, bloodborne pathogens, risk groups, risk assessment, biosafety levels, engineering controls, administrative controls, microbiological work practices, personal protective equipment, spill and emergency response, biological waste, decontamination, and more.  Current SMU researchers are expected to complete the training as soon as possible. The training can now be completed IN-PERSON or ONLINE.

Other Trainings

Animal Worker Training

Online: Contact Research Compliance

All personnel that conduct SMU-sponsored researched involving animal subjects are required to have training.  This training is administered via the CITI Program by the Office of Research Compliance. Please contact Research Compliance for more information.

Bloodborne Pathogens Training


Any employee or student whose work or education involves reasonably anticipated exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials must receive training on the epidemiology, symptoms, and transmission of bloodborne diseases on a yearly basis.   This training is available online via the SafetySkills system.  Please refer to the Bloodborne Pathogens program page for more information.

Laser Safety Training


All personnel and students that work with Class 3b and Class 4 lasers are required to have Laser Safety Training.  This online training, administered via SafetySkills, addresses laser function and operation, the associated hazards, and the safety measures that must be taken to control those hazards.

Machine Shop Training

In-Person: Contact Machine Shop Supervisor

Machine shop training is currently administered by the SMU machine shop supervisors.  Please contact your departmental shop supervisor for more information.

Radiation Safety Training

In-Person: Contact Departmental RSO

Radiation safety training is currently administered at a departmental level.  Please contact your departmental radiation safety officer (RSO) for more information regarding trainings.  Departmental RSOs are:

Professor Robert Harrod - Biological Sciences

Professor Thomas Coan - Physics

Respiratory Protection Training


All personnel and students that use a respirator for any reason must enroll in the Respiratory Protection Program.  This program can include required annual training, which is administered online via SafetySkills. Please refer to the Respiratory Protection Program page for more information about the program.

Art Safety Training


All personnel and students that work in SMU's art studios are required to have Art Safety Training.  This online training, administered via SafetySkills, addresses the physical and chemical hazards usually associated with arts education.