Graduate Student Safety Resources


Save the Date:
Monday, September 23rd & Tuesday, September 24th

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This is a Hands-On and Interactive TWO DAY Safety Training Event for all Graduate Students in Engineering and Chemistry, presented by the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, Chemistry Department and UCR Environmental Health & Safety. This training is mandatory.

Prior to the training date:
All students must complete the online training
"Laboratory Safety Fundamentals" in the UCR Learning Center.
Those who wish to pick up their PPE, must also be assigned to a PI/Lab in LHAT, complete the training online and bring the PPE Voucher to the event. PPE Fittings will be available throughout the event. 

Attire: You will be entering lab space. Please wear the minimum PPE: Long pants, closed toe shoes, and if needed, a way to secure long hair. 


Day One - Monday, September 23, 2019

Check in: 9:00am - 11:00am. Please bring student ID or Photo ID, and a copy of your Eventbrite confirmation. 
Graduate Division Orientation: 11:00am - 12:30 @ University Lecture Hall
Safety Orientation Seminar: Safety Culture at UCR: 1:30pm - 3:00pm @ Bourns Hall
Safety Orientation Seminar Workshops: 3:00pm - 5:00pm @Bourns Hall and surrounding rooms

Day Two - Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Safety Orientation Seminar Workshops: 9:00am - 5:00pm @Bourns Hall and surrounding rooms.
Check your schedule for your assigned workshops. Everyone is required to attend the scheduled sessions to receive credit for the training. Please do not attempt to switch your schedule.

Hands on Workshops include:

  • Laboratory Hazards (Wet and Dry)
  • Compressed Gas safety
  • Cryo Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire Prevention
  • Biosafety
  • Electrical Safety
  • High Hazard Materials
  • Chemical Lifecycle & Hazardous Waste
  • Ergonomics (Computational and Research)
  • Laser Safety

Lunch will be provided to all attending 1st and 2nd Year Graduate Students on Day Two (9/24/19).  Lunch is being provided generously by the Office of the Dean and Engineering Departments. There will also be a Safety Vendor Fair during lunch.

All Participants are required to attend all sessions scheduled. There will not be make up sessions. 

Questions? Please reach out to your Department Laboratory Safety Officer or EH&S Training. Additional information is also available at 

Logging In:

The UCR Learning Center is the campus portal for online training. They have an extensive Support Site to answer many questions on access, duplicate profiles,browsers compatibility and more. If you are having trouble with the UC Learning Center, please start with this page to answer your questions. 

You must have a UCR NetID to log into the system. If you do not have a UCR NetID, please see the Support Page about Access.  

Initial (minimum) Training:

UC Policy requires that all staff, faculty, students and volunteers working in a research lab take the minimum training:

Laboratory Safety Fundamentals

This is a certification that includes many topics, and your training record will show these topics. Your Laboratory Safety Fundamentals certification will expire after 3 years, and then a refresher training becomes available. You may not receive an email reminding you of the expiration date, so please check your training records on an annual basis to ensure you are compliant. 

Getting your PPE

All researchers working in a lab must also be assigned to their PI/Lab Supervisor in the Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT). This certifies the hazards in your lab and assigns the proper PPE for the space you are working in. You will log in using your UCR NetID and password.  Complete the short PPE training in order to receive your PPE Voucher. Once you have the courcher, make an appointment with EH&S for your PPE Fitting. For a step by step guide to this process, please click here

Training Responsibility

Your PI/Lab Supervisor will determine the initial and ongoing training you should take. Once your initial training is determined and assigned, it is important to be aware of any expiration dates. There are several training topics that require annual recertification. Please check your Transcripts in the UCR  Learning Center for the expiration date. It is your responsibility to ensure you are current on your training certifications. Safety starts with you!

A sample of safety training with annual requirements:

Bloodborne Pathogens

Fire Extinguishers

Hazardous Waste Management

Grad Student Safety Orientation Symposium 2019