Training Requirements for Laboratory and Research Areas

Please note that Employee Safety is required for all NMSU employees and a prerequisite to all classes listed below. This may be taken online or as an instructor led class.

ActivityRequired Training
Do you work with, have or store chemicals in your work area, vehicle, or building?
Does your area qualify as a laboratory under the OSHA Lab Standard?

Choose one of the following two options to meet the initial training requirement:

Annual Refresher Course

Do you produce hazardous waste containing chemicals, biological tissues, body fluids, infectious agents, radioactive materials or residues?

Do you use infectious agents, human blood, body fluids or tissues in your laboratory?

Contact the Institutional
Biosafety Committee

*Please note that applicable vaccines may apply.

Do you use radioactive materials, x-ray devices or related radiation equipment?

Nuclear Gauge

(if applicable)

Does your research involve the use of Class 3B or 4 lasers?
Does your research involve animals?
Contact the IACUC

*Please note that applicable
vaccines may apply.

Does your research involve the use of respirators or dust masks?

Does your laboratory use or service equipment on which an unexpected restarting could cause injury?
Does your area have any confined spaces that you must enter?
Does your research require the application of pesticides?

Are there fire extinguishers in your work area or nearby for your use?
Fire extinguisher training
(FS Fire Department)
Do you drive a university vehicle?
Defensive Driving
– 3 year renewal required
Do you ship hazardous materials or material with dry ice?
Are you a shop supervisor or shop monitor of an academic or research shop?
Academic / Research Shop Safety Program Training for Shop Supervisors and Shop Monitors

Additional safety training may also be required for specific hazards.
*Please note pre-requisites in class descriptions.