Training Programs

Environmental Health and Safety offers a variety of safety training programs for faculty, staff and students. If you have any questions about safety training or tracking, please contact the Training Coordinator Stephen Endres at sendres@binghamton.edu

The Binghamton University training year runs from August 1 to July 31 for most topics.

Laboratory Safety Training

Once per year, all laboratory users must complete Laboratory Safety Training. In-person trainings are required for new faculty, staff, and Grad/Undergrad students working independently in a research lab. They are typically 1 hour in length and take place in August and September. Lab safety training includes the following topics:

  • Fires and Fire alarms
  • Hazard Communication (Right to Know)
  • Lab Safety Equipment 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Fume Hood Use 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal and Disposal
  • Compressed Gas Use
Register for an in-person session!

Who Needs Lab Training?

Faculty, Staff, or Undergraduate or Graduate students working in an unsupervised research setting would be considered laboratory workers and must complete the safety training. So for example, a student working on an independent project in a laboratory will need to take training, as well as their supervisor. Students working as part of a structured class will receive the appropriate training from the instructor not from EHS.

How do I know if my work area is a lab or not?

It isn't always obvious if a work area is a lab space or not. Computer labs are obviously not and Chemistry labs obviously are. Your work area will probably fall under the "lab" definition if it has compressed gases, fume hoods or other safety equipment, electrical hazards, lasers, or chemicals. If you aren't sure please contact our office. 

Lab Safety Training Certificate

Everyone who takes Lab Safety Training will receive a Certificate. You can access is at any time by navigating to BComply and clicking "My History" then "Download Certificate"

Any student conducting research under certain NIH grants should take advantage of all EHS Training opportunities to fulfill their 8 hours of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.

Bloodborne Pathogen Training

We currently use the CITI training platform as our preferred training method for working safely with biological hazards. You can view the instructions for logging into CITI and access the training on the Bloodborne Pathogen Training webpage.

Topic-Specific Online Training Program

We are pleased to introduce a new program for administering small, topic-specific training modules using Brightspace.

Topics include:

  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Chemical Storage and Segregation
  • Chemical Spill Cleanup
  • Working with corrosives 
  • Working with compressed gases
  • Dangers of Piranha solution
  • Hydrofluoric Acid Safety
  • Peroxide Forming Compounds

 We encourage all lab occupants to complete the first three modules as well as any others that apply to your lab environment.

Please see the Brightspace Homepage for more information.