Oregon State University is committed to providing a safe laboratory environment for its researchers, faculty, staff, students and visitors. The goal of this introduction to laboratory safety is to minimize the risk of injury or illness to laboratory workers by promoting awareness of the potential hazards and how to mitigate them. Safe practice by laboratory workers requires continuing attention, training, and education.

The video below provides only initial training on the key components of lab safety. Lab workers may need to complete additional training based on regulations for the materials and procedures in use by the lab. Environmental Health and Safety provides training and resources for a variety of laboratory safety issues, including radiation safety, chemical safety and biological safety.

Lab Safety Training Presentation

Upon completion of the modules, pass the training quiz to receive credit.


Supplemental video"Experimenting with Danger".  This external link will take you to a 24 minute video by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). This documentary provides an overview of challenges in laboratory safety at research universities, and includes review of fatalities at research labs at UCLA and Dartmouth and a lab explosion at Texas Tech University.


After reviewing the training video and presentation materials, go to:

Laboratory Safety Training Quiz