Research activities, whether conducted in the field or laboratory, can pose unique hazards to researchers and their subjects, and compliance risks for both the investigators and the University. For these reasons and others, governmental regulatory agencies, funding entities, accrediting bodies, and other entities external to the University have established mandatory training requirements for persons involved with certain types of research.

Some of the required training focuses on ensuring that live research subjects, including humans or other vertebrate animals, are respected and not put in unnecessarily risky, stressful, or painful situations. Other required training, such as that regarding radiation hazards or bloodborne pathogens, is designed to ensure researchers understand the proper precautions needed to protect themselves during their work.

In each case where training is required, there are potentially significant consequences for non-compliance in addition to the risk to researchers and their subjects. These consequences can include monetary fines to the researcher’s department, and withdrawal of funding to complete the study. Flagrant violations of these requirements may even result in loss of funding or accreditation to the University as a whole.

Faculty research oversight committees and staff offices have developed training programs to facilitate compliance with these various requirements. In some cases, the training can be completed by reading and documenting agreement with prepared materials. In other cases, in person training needs to be scheduled for the researchers.

The tables below summarize examples of various types of activities that require documented training, and provide links to campus groups who can provide the training. For many of the entries, external agencies have established additional requirements. Researchers should contact the listed offices to ensure compliance with all applicable requirements.


Training for All Personnel

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
Compliance & Conflict of Interest for Researchers Briefing (COIR) Anyone who was paid by extramural funds during the prior fiscal year
  • UC Ethical Values and Conduct
  • Conflict of Interest for Researchers
Annual Online To enroll in Compliance & Conflict of Interest for Researchers Briefing (COIR): Log in to Blu, select the UC Learning Center link, and search for the title.
Computer Workstation Ergonomics,Title: “Computer Health Matters” Employees who use computers more than four hours per day and other equipment known to cause ergonomic injuries
  • Review of campus program
  • Ergonomic injury risk factors
  • Safer work practices
  • Workstation evaluation
Initial training only Classroom lecture or online training Enroll in Computer Health Matters: Computer Workstation Ergonomics

If your access is denied, use the UC Learning Center Access Assistant
Cyber Security Awareness Training All campus employees
  • You Are The Target
  • Social Engineering
  • Email and Messaging
  • Browsing
  • Social Networks
  • Mobile Device Security
  • Passwords
  • Data Security
  • Hacked
  • Privacy
  • International Travel
Annual Online Enroll in Cyber Security Awareness Training

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Fire Extinguisher Training Anyone by request
  • Types of fires and extinguishers
  • How to use a fire extinguisher
Not required Classroom Schedule Fire Extinguisher Training

If your access is denied, use the UC Learning Center Access Assistant
UC Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Required for supervisors. Recommended for all personnel
  • Preventing and responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment
Once every two years Online Enroll in Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

If your access is denied, use the UC Learning Center Access Assistant
Workplace Health and Safety Programs Awareness
Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP)/
Building Emergency Plan (BEP)
All campus employees
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Workplace hazards and their controls
  • Facility evacuation procedures
    Fire prevention and control measures
Initial training only, and then again if programmatic details change Online Enroll in Workplace Health and Safety Programs Awareness

If your access is denied, use the UC Learning Center Access Assistant

Animal and Human Subjects

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
Animal Care and Use All faculty, students, and research personnel who use live vertebrate animals in research or instruction See Training Requirements for Animal Users
Facility Access All users who require card key access to vivaria
  • Basic safety
  • Emergency procedures hazardous materials safety
  • Introduction to the biohazard containment facility for ABL2 and ABL3
  • Facility orientation
One time initial in person Classroom lecture Register for course on the OLAC website.
Controlled Substances Used in Research Anyone working with controlled substances in research
  • Administrative approval process
  • Use, disposal, and reporting of loss of controlled substances
Initial training only Online Enroll in Controlled Substances Used in Research

If your access is denied, use the UC Learning Center Access Assistant
Human Subjects Research Training Faculty (with some exceptions), staff, and students engaged in human subjects research See Education and Training for Human Subjects Research

Responsible Conduct of Research

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • NSF: Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars supported by NSF grants to conduct research
  • NIH: All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant
  • USDA NIFA: All program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • NSF: Within 60 days of the individual’s becoming supported by NSF funding
  • NIH: Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years
  • NSF: Online for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; read Introduction to RCR for undergraduates
  • NIH: Varies, online training alone is not acceptable to NIH
  • USDA NIFA: Online or in person

General Laboratory Safety

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
EHS 101 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety

EHS 101 Refresher
Anyone who works in a laboratory with hazardous materials or hazardous operations
  • Chemical hazards
  • Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Emergency procedures
  • Contents of the facility’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
  • How to identify and evaluate chemical hazards using Safety Data Sheets and chemical label
Once every three years Online Enroll in EHS 101 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety

Enroll in EHS 101 Refresher

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EHS 102 Hazard Communication-Including Globally Harmonized System (GHS) All personnel who work with hazardous materials and/or conduct a hazardous operation
  • Hazard Communication Program and the Globally Harmonized Hazard Identification System
Initial training and when any changes in hazards occur Online Enroll in EHS 102 Hazard Communication-Including Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

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Hazardous Materials Spill Response Training All personnel who work with hazardous materials and/or conduct a hazardous operation
  • Basic spill response procedures and supporting programs
Annually, after the completion of EHS 101 Online Enroll in Hazardous Materials Spill Response Training

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Personal Protective Equipment All laboratory personnel who work with hazardous materials and/or conduct a hazardous operation
  • Proper Use of PPE
Initial training and when any changes in hazards occur Online To enroll: Use Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT)
EHS 104 Laboratory Safety Awareness Training for Support Personnel Support personnel working in or adjacent to lab spaces who do not conduct research
  • Awareness of typical laboratory hazards and how to protect from accidental exposures
Initial training only Online Enroll in EHS 104 Laboratory Safety Awareness Training for Support Personnel

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Proper Use of Fume Hood Video All personnel who use fume hoods
  • Sash height
  • Working inside hood
  • Environmental protection
Initial training only Online Enroll in Proper Use of Fume Hood

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Biological Safety

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

EHS 204 Biosafety in Laboratories Refresher
Researchers who work with human, animal, or plant pathogens; human-derived materials; or recombinant DNA
  • Safe handling procedures
  • Personnel protective equipment
  • Animal biosafety
  • Biosafety Levels 1 and 2
Initial training and refreshers every three years; work with human-derived materials requires BBP annual refresher Classroom lecture and online refresher training Enroll in EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Enroll in EHS 204 Biosafety in Laboratories Refresher

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EHS 202 Bloodborne Pathogens Anyone who has potential occupational exposure to human body fluids or human source materials
  • Safe handling procedures
  • Exposure Control Plan
Initial and annual refresher training Online Enroll in EHS 202 Bloodborne Pathogens

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EHS 203 Biosafety: Principal Investigator Responsibilities PIs responsible for overseeing work with recombinant DNA, blood, or other infectious agents
  • NIH requirements
  • PI responsibilities
Initial training only Online Enroll in EHS 203 Biosafety: Principal Investigator Responsibilities

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Hazardous Materials

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) Anyone who works with hazardous materials in laboratories
  • Lab-specific procedures for safe use of chemicals
  • Emergency procedures
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for hazardous materials and operations
Initial training and whenever the CHP is revised. CHP must be reviewed by lab personnel annually for accuracy. And again when there is a change to the chemicals worked with or how they are stored or handled. Read and sign document posted in the laboratory; documented training on SOPs is to be provided in the lab Researcher, lab manager, or lab safety contact

Contact EH&S if your laboratory has no CHP: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu

Chemical Hygiene Plan
Hazardous Waste Program Training All personnel who generate hazardous waste
  • Storage
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Handling procedures
  • Labeling
Initial training only Online Enroll in Hazardous Waste Program Training

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EHS 106 Shop Safety Researchers, support staff, and students authorized to use equipment
  • General Considerations for Shop Safety
Initial training only Online Enroll in EHS 106 Shop Safety

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Hazardous Materials Shipping, General Awareness

Hazardous Materials Shipping Dry Ice
Persons who ship hazardous materials and specimens on dry ice from campus
  • Proper packaging and labeling
  • Regulations regarding shipments of hazardous materials
Initial and refresher training every two years Online Enroll in Hazardous Materials Shipping, General Awareness

Enroll in Hazardous Material Shipping Dry Ice

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Cryogens Safety Persons who work with cryogenic materials
  • Storage, transfer and safe use of cryogenic materials, PPE
  Online Enroll in Cryogens Safety

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Respiratory Protection Those in the Respiratory Protection Program
  • Proper selection, fitting, use, and storage of respirators
Initial training, with annual refreshers Medical evaluation, online or in person training and Fit test Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Explosives Safety Employees who handle or transport explosives
  • Campus explosives safety policy
  • Explosives storage and handling procedures
Initial training only Classroom lecture Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu

Radiation Safety and Laser Safety

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
EHS 401.1 Radioactive Materials User Training

EHS 401.2 Radiation Producing Machines User Training

EHS 401.3 Radioactive Materials AND Radiation Producing Machines User Training
Everyone who works with radioactive materials, radiation producing machines, or both
  • Radiation exposure hazards and their control
  • Regulations regarding radiation safety
  • Content of the campus license
  • Incident reporting
  • Dosimetry and other monitoring techniques
  • Researcher responsibilities
Initial and retraining every two years Online Enroll in EHS 401.1, 401.2, or 401.3 User Training

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EHS 402.1 Radioactive Materials User Retraining

EHS 402.2 Radiation Producing Machines User Retraining

EHS 402.3 Radioactive Materials AND  Radiation Producing Machines User Training
Everyone who works with radioactive materials, radiation producing machines, or both
  • Review of Radiation Safety
  • Recent incidents and lessons learned
  Online Enroll in EHS 402.1, 402.2, or 403.2 User Retraining

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EHS 403 Radiation Safety Onboarding Everyone who works with radioactive materials
  • Covers the UC Berkeley specific information that you will need to start your work with radioactive materials
Initial training only In person Enroll in EHS 403 Radiation Safety Onboarding

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Radiation Safety for Ancillary Personnel If you DO NOT work directly with radioactive materials or other radiation sources, but DO work in close proximity to (such as in the same room as) others who do
  • Signs, postings and radiation safety basics
Initial training only Read and sign “Radiation Safety Guidelines for Non-Users” Go to Radiation Safety for Ancillary Personnel

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EHS 301 Laser Safety

EHS 302 Refresher
Anyone who works with Class 3B or Class 4 laser(s)
  • Laser hazards and control measures
  • Proper procedures for working with lasers
Three-year online refresher training Classroom lecture and online refresher Enroll in EHS 301 Laser Safety

Enroll in EHS 302 Laser Safety Refresher

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Agricultural/Field Safety

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
Field Safety Researchers or instructors working in remote locations
  • Development of a specific field safety plan for the work location
  • Emergency procedures
  • Evaluation of risks unique to the work location or field activities like Fall Protection, Confined Space, Energy Isolation and others
One time (per field location) In person upon request and Guidance Document Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu

Field Safety Guidance Document
First Aid and CPR Employees who do field work remote from medical facilities
  • Basic first aid measures
  • Proper procedures for providing CPR
Initial and refreseher training every two years Lecture and hands-on Contact Recreational Sports
Pesticide Safety Researchers using pesticides in small quantities (non-commercial application)
  • Overview of pesticide hazards
  • First aid and medical care
  • Personal protective equipment
Initial training only Lecture and hands-on Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Scientific Diving Everyone SCUBA diving for science using UC equipment, diving from UC-owned property, or diving as a student or employee of UC
  • Diving physics
  • Physiology
  • Medicine
  • Rescue
  • Decompression
  • Theory
  • Navigation
  • Environment
  • Marine life
  • Research methods
  • Equipment
  • Scientific diving standards
Certification In person Scientific Diving Program
Working at the Richmond Field Station RFS workers
  • RFS history
  • Do’s and Don’ts
Initial training only Online Enroll in Working at the Richmond Field Station

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Shop/Industrial Safety

Subject Required for Whom? Key Components Required Training Frequency Training Method To Arrange Training Contact
Shop Safety Persons using University shops
  • Detailed shop safety components
  Online and Shop Safety Program Enroll in Shop Safety

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Aerial Lifts, Scissor Lifts and  Elevated Work Platform Training Personnel who operate specific types of owned/rented aerial lifts, scissor lifts and elevated work platforms
  • Hazards associated with aerial lifts, scissor lifts and
  • Lift and work zone inspections
  • Fall protection
  • Operation/traveling/loading
  • Overhead protection
  • Stability
Every three years Online training AND in-person hands-on evaluation Enroll in Aerial Lift and Elevated Work Platform Training

If your access is denied, use the UC Learning Center Access Assistant

Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Asbestos and Lead Awareness Training Maintenance, custodial staff, and others who may disturb asbestos containing materials and/or lead paints
  • When asbestos and lead are potentially dangerous
  • Potential adverse health effects
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure
  • Regulatory compliance
  Classroom lecture Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Confined Space Entry Anyone who may enter vessels, vaults, or other confined spaces
  • Hazards of confined space entry
  • Atmospheric monitoring requirements and techniques
  • Communication procedures
  • Emergency and rescue procedures
Initial training only Classroom lecture and hands on training Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Crane Safety Employees who operate cranes
  • Safe lifting procedures
  • Lifting capacities
  • Load securing
Initial training only Lecture and hands-on Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Driver Safety Vehicle operators
  • Defensive driving
Initial training only Online Enroll in Driver Safety

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Energy Isolation/ Lock-out Tag-out Employees who, set-up, adjust and maintain equipment by isolating energy sources prior to commencing work
  • Proper procedures for controlling hazardous energies when working on moving or electrical equipment
Initial training only Classroom lecture Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Ladder Use Those who work on ladders
  • Ladder use
Initial training only Classroom lecture Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Fall Protection Those who work at heights above 7 feet
  • Fall protection equipment
Initial training only Classroom lecture Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Forklift Operation Employees who operate forklifts
  • Fundamentals
  • Stability and capacity
  • Load handling
  • Safe driving practices
  • Safety standards
  • Inspection and maintenance
Every three years Online Training AND in-person hands-on evaluation Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu

Enroll in Forklift Operations

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Hearing Conservation Employees who are exposed to high (>85 dBA) noise levels and those who are in the Hearing Conservation Program
  • Noise hazards
  • UCB Hearing Conservation Program
Annual Online Enroll in Hearing Conservation

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Heat Illness  
  • Health effects of heat
  • How to respond to symptoms
  • Preventing heat exhaustion
  • Water, Rest, Shade
  Classroom lecture Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
High Voltage Electrical Safety Employees who work on live high-voltage equipment or circuits
  • High voltage hazards and precautions
Initial training only Classroom lecture Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu
Hot Work For those who are involved with hot work
  • PPE
  • Fire Safety
Initial training only Classroom lecture Contact EH&S: 510/642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu