Face coverings are highly recommended for those up to date on vaccinations and required for those not up to date on vaccinations
in indoor spaces on campus and in university owned or operated venues.  

Staff/Faculty may request a face covering from EH&S. Students may request a face covering from The Well.

Graduate Student Safety Orientation (GSSO)

Welcome new Graduate Students! This page is designed to provide all the information you need for the upcoming Graduate Student Safety Orientation provided by Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) in September, including:
  • Schedule & Registration
  • What is required before the event
  • What to expect

View a recap video from the 2021 GSSO event

Event Overview:

Dates & Times: September 15th - September 26th
Registration Opens September 5, 2022

There are two training tracks: one for Research Laboratories and one for Computational Research Laboratories. Find your program in the list below to determine which training track you should attend. Please attend only the session earmarked for your program/department. 

Date Time Department or Program Training Track Registration Code
8am-12pm Chemistry Research RI-ESILT0296-20220915
8am-12pm Materials Science Engineering (MSE) Research RI-ESILT0296-20220915
8am-12pm Entomology Research RI-ESILT0296-20220915
8am-12pm Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Research RI-ESILT0296-20220916


8am-12pm Bioengineering  Research RI-ESILT0296-20220919
8am-12pm Microbiology  (MCBL) and Plant Pathology (PLPA)   Research RI-ESILT0296-20220919
8am-12pm Computer Science Engineering (CSE) Computational RI-ESILT0297-20220921
8am-12pm Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB)   Research RI-ESILT0296-20220922
8am-12pm Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMDB) Research RI-ESILT0296-20220922
8am-12pm Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) Research RI-ESILT0296-20220922
8am-12pm Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)  Computational RI-ESILT0297-20220923
8am-12pm Robotics  Computational RI-ESILT0297-20220923
8am-12pm Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)*  Research RI-ESILT0296-20220926
8am-12pm Mechanical Engineering (ME)  Research RI-ESILT0296-20220926
8am-12pm Environmental Toxicology Research RI-ESILT0296-20220926

Environmental Health & Safety | Map to the facility. 

Environmental Health & Safety is located at the top of Linden Street, across from Lot 20.  There is no parking located near the building. The nearest parking lots are Lot 24 and Lot 13. It will take approximately 15 minutes to walk from either parking lot. Please view the campus map of the location to plan accordingly. 

** Registration Opens September 5th**
Click on the links provided in the table above or Search for "Graduate Student Safety Orientation" in the UCR Learning Center
*Be sure to select the correct program name/date and course code as listed above.

If your department provided your NetID to EH&S ahead of time, you may already be registered. Check the "My Registrations" box  in the UC Learning center to confirm. 

To do before the event:

1) Know your NetID 
2) Take online Safety Training (see tab below for specifics)
3) Adhere to UC Vaccination policy

International Students: Please view the 'What to Expect for International Students" on the Campus Return website.

What to expect day of the event:

1) Arrive at 8:00am to check in.

2) Event Attire: Wear full length pants (or equivalent) and closed toe/heel shoe attire. You will be entering laboratory and hazardous materials locations.

3) Masks are highly recommended for indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. 

If you need assistance or have questions, please email ehstraining@ucr.edu.

Before this event, be sure to:

1) Obtain your UCR NetID and Password

This is issued from your department in the onboarding process and connects you to all the systems at UCR you will need access to.

2) Take minimum required training

Log into the UCR Learning Center with your NetID and password to access online training modules. At a minimum you should complete:

Computational Programs:

Laboratory Programs:

Please see Graduate Students Guide to Training & the UCR Learning Center for more information on access and troubleshooting. 

3) Complete the Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) if you are in a Research Laboratory Program.
  • If you are in a Research program, you will receive an email with the subject line “Lab Hazard Assessment Ready to be Acknowledged” outlining the steps you need to take prior to the training:  

  • Review the information about hazards present in the laboratory 

  • Review the identified Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for this laboratory 

  • Acknowledge that you have read the laboratory hazard assessment by clicking “continue” to review each section 

  • If PPE is required, complete the short “PPE Safety Training” in the Next Steps page. This will ensure you can get your PPE 

  • These steps are required to complete in order to receive your PPE. 

4) Register for the Graduate Student Safety Orientation
  • You may register for the event in the UCR Learning Center starting September 5, 2022.
  • Search for "Graduate Student Safety Orientation" and your department name (or use the table listed above). If your department provided your NetID  you may already be registered, please check the "My Registration" box once logged in. 
  • Please only attend the session designated for your department, if you have questions on which training session date you should attend, please contact ehstraining@ucr.edu
  • Registration will open September 5th. 
Logging In to the UC Learning Center:

The UC 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.  

Campus affiliates and UCR students who are not a current or former UCR employee, volunteer, or contingent worker, should use the UC Affiliate Access Tool to push a profile into the system before logging into the UC Learning Center for the first time. See the Access & Roles page on the UC Learning Center website for more details. 

Initial (minimum) Training:

For Research personnel in a traditional or "wet' laboratory

UC Policy requires that all staff, faculty, students and volunteers working in a laboratory or technical area complete Laboratory Safety Fundamentals, which 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. 

* Please note, you will be able to access Laboratory Safety Fundamentals one day after you activate your profile using the affiliate access tool. 

For personnel in a computational or "certified hazard free" laboratory.

Safety Orientation
Electrical Safety for Researchers (Video)

Electrical Safety for Research

This is a mandatory safety training course assigned to the entire campus community. This course will show on your "required training" section of the UCR Learning Center and need to be taken every three years. However, if you complete Laboratory Safety Fundamentals, it will satisfy this training requirement and you will not need to take this course. 

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 voucher, make an appointment with EH&S for your PPE Fitting. For a step by step guide to this process, please click here

*Helpful tip on LHAT: You need to log into ehs.ucop.edu one time to make your profile searchable by your PI/Lab Supervisor. 

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:

The Research Approval and Training Requirement document is also a good resource to know what training you should take. 

Compressed Gas Safety

Compressed Gas CGA Handout

Chemical Safety

Chemical Lifecycle Handout


Key Concepts & Stretching techniques | Handout

Working Remotely | Document

Using a Mouse | Video

Request an Ergo Evaluation | Request form

Fire Extinguishers

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

Laboratory Equipment

Lab Safety Equipment Handout

The traditional white laboratory coat, impact glasses, and splash goggles kit allows you to start working in a lab. 


The traditional white laboratory coat may not be sufficient in protection against certain hazards, such as pyrophorics, bulk flammables, etc.

If you are assigned to a laboratory that has identified the specific hazards requiring a blue flame-resistant laboratory coat, please make an appointment to come back to EH&S to exchange your traditional white coat for the appropriate lab coat you need.