Graduate Student Safety Orientation (GSSO)

Prior to the Fall Quarter start, EH&S hosted a series of Graduate Student Safety Orientation dates for incoming research graduate students. 
This page includes information about the event, including registration, pre-work required, PPE information, additional resources and training materials.
Registration will open on September 1, 2023

Registration Confirmation form

Registration is also open and available in the UCR Learning Center

Search for "Graduate Student Safety Orientation" *Be sure to select the correct program name/date and course code.

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. 

Help: I can't access the UC Learning Center! 

See the UC Learning Center page on access and roles to help walk you through the process. You an also email to assist you!

Help: I don't have a NetID!

Ok, you should have one, so please reach out to your Graduate Advisor and/or Department. However you can use this alternative Registration Confirmation form until you have your information sorted. 

Please be sure to register for the correct track: Research or Computational. Examples provided below:

Research (Traditional or "wet labs"):

  • Bioengineering (BIEN)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB)
  • Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (CDMB)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Chemical & Environmental Engineering (CEE) 
  • EEOB
  • Entomology (ENT)
  • Environmental Toxicology (ETOX)
  • Materials Science Engineering (MSE) 
  • Microbiology (MCBL)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Plant Pathology (PLPA) 

Computational (EHS "Certified Hazard Free or "dry" labs):

  • Robotics
  • Computer Science Engineering (CSE)
  • Electrical Computer Engineering (ECE)*
  • Data Science



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 starting September 5, 2023. 
  • Please only attend the session designated for your program: Research (wet or chemical labs) or Computational (dry labs), if you have questions on which training session date you should attend, please contact your graduate program, Laboratory Safety Officer or
  • Registration will open September 1st. 
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 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. 

Minimum PPE: 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. 

Event Overview:

Dates & Times: September 21st - September 27th
Registration Opens September 1, 2023

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 appropriate for your program/department. Choose ONE date that works for your schedule (unless directed by your department for a specific date). 

There are limited spots each day

Date Time Training Track UCLC Couse name & Registration Code
8am-12pm Research

Graduate Student Safety Orientation (Research)


9am - 12pm Computational

Graduate Student Safety Orientation (Computational)


1pm - 4pm Computational

Graduate Student Safety Orientation (Computational)


8am-12pm Research

Graduate Student Safety Orientation (Research)


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** 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. 

If you cannot log into the UC Learning Center, please complete this form to confirm your registration. You can also email for assistance. Please provide you lived first and last name, net ID, UCR email and Student ID Number

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

What to expect day of the event:

1) Arrive on time 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. If you have a lab coat/eye protection issued to you, please bring it.

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

If you need assistance or have questions, please email

Training Materials available to view and download from the 2022 training sessions. 

Additional materials and videos will be added, please check back often.

Compressed Gas Safety

Compressed Gas CGA Handout

12 Months of Research Safety: Compressed Gas Safety

Chemical Safety

Chemical Lifecycle Handout

Chemical Lifecycle Presentation

Electrical Safety for Researchers

Electrical Safety Presentation


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

Hazard Assessment

Hazard Assessment Handout

Laboratory Equipment

Laboratory Equipment Handout