Annual Laboratory Safety Refresher

It is time to conduct annual safety refresher training for your staff.

Download the memo for instruction and forms to guide you through the process. We encourage you to review these materials with your staff and post hard copies of both documents in conspicuous areas of your laboratory(s) as a reminder of these requirements.


To: Principal Investigators (PIs) and Permit Holders
From: Deona Willes, Director
Subject: Annual Laboratory Safety Refresher Training Reminder

It is time to complete the annual safety refresher training for all your staff. To satisfy this requirement: (1) review the Annual Safety Refresher Topics Checklist for suggested safety topics (see accompanying pages), (2) check off the safety topics that you discuss with your group, (3) document attendance on the Site-Specific Training Record (SSTR), and (4) submit both checklist and SSTR to EH&S via email  Please complete within 60 days of this notice.[1]


EH&S also recommends that you and your research staff take this occasion to:

  1. Update your chemical inventory via EHSA. In EHSA, you may also: (i) Review your approved permits, (ii) Check your training records, or (iii) Request hazardous waste and universal waste pick-ups.
  2. Review EH&S’ recently updated safety manuals: Biosafety Manual, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Radiation Safety Manual, and Laser Safety Manual.
  3. Visit EH&S’ Lessons Learned web page (see Resources) to review past laboratory incidents at USC. Use this valuable safety information as part of your refresher training.
  4. Review emergency procedures. This includes: (i) walking the building exit routes and reporting any obstructions to EH&S and (ii) identifying emergency equipment locations (e.g., fire extinguisher and eyewash/shower station) in your lab/building.

Note that a PI Safety Management Training module will be available soon on Trojan Learn to acquaint the PI/Supervisor with his/her responsibilities under Cal-OSHA regulations.

Thank you again for your continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of the campus community.


[1] The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) will delay approval of research protocols if refresher training is not current for listed staff. Radioactive material and controlled substances deliveries will be withheld after March 22, 2019 to labs whose authorized staff have not completed training.