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Determining Your Safety Training Requirements @ Columbia University

Columbia-specific training is mandatory for numerous positions and job functions at the University. Please consult the following guide to determine which safety courses are required based on your job function, and the requirements for maintaining your training currency.
Please contact EH&S to arrange a specialized in-lab training session.

Job Function or Activity Required Safety Training Initial Training Method Refresher Training Method Training Frequency
General Research Safety Courses
Working in a laboratory or with chemicals
(Examples: PIs, research workers, post-docs, students)
Laboratory Safety, Chemical Hygiene and Hazardous Waste Management Training

Select course: TC0950
"Live" initial "Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) Initial training at the time of hire or before involvement in such activities; refresher every 2 years or sooner if determined by EH&S
Working in a laboratory or with chemicals at CUMC or Morningside campus
(Examples: PIs, research workers, post-docs, students who qualify)
Certificate of Fitness for Supervision of Chemical Laboratories (C-14) "Live" (see
http://www.ehs.
columbia.edu/cof.html
for schedule &
Self-review of FDNY C14 examination study material upon renewal of certification Per FDNY certification renewal requirements
Radiation Safety Courses
Working in a lab that uses Radioactive Material (RAM) or X-ray producing machinery
(Examples: all users of RAM)
Radiation Safety Training

Select course: TC1750
"Live" initial "Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) Initial training at the time of hire or before involvement in such activities; Annual
Biological Safety and Shipping Courses
Working with: human blood, body fluids, cell lines or unfixed tissue, infectious microorganisms (capable of causing disease in healthy adults), or viral vectors
(Examples: PIs, research workers, post-docs, students, all "active" staff listed on Appendix A, B, or C forms)
Biological Safety/ Bloodborne Pathogen Training

Select course:TC0509
"Live" initial "Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) Initial training at the time of hire or before involvement in such activities; Annual refresher as per OSHA
Working with viral vectors in research
(Note: replication-deficient vectors are NOT exempt)
Viral Vector Research – Handling and Biosafety

Select Course: TC1150
RASCAL;
"live" session
available upon request by department or group
RASCAL;
"live" session
available upon request by department or group
Initial training before approval of new submissions to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (RASCAL Appendix B) or renewals of existing protocols
Working with recombinant DNA in research
(Note: replication-deficient vectors are NOT exempt)
Recombinant DNA Training

Select Course: TC0508
RASCAL;
"live" session available upon request by department or group
RASCAL (at present); "live" available upon request by department or group Initial training before approval of any Appendix A for work with
recombinant DNA; refresher every 2 years or sooner per Institutional Biosafety Committee determination
Shipping specimens/viable microorganisms known to or reasonably expected to contain material that may cause disease in humans or animals with Dry Ice
(Examples: anyone involved in any shipping function, including labeling, packaging, or paperwork completion)
Shipping Biological (infectious and potentially infectious) Materials, Genetically Modified Microorganisms (GMMOs) and Exempt Specimens Training

Select course:TC0507
RASCAL;
"live" session available upon request by department or group
"Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) Initial training at the time of hire or before involvement in such activities; refresher every 2 years or sooner if determined by EH&S
Shipping non-hazardous materials with Dry Ice
(Examples: anyone involved in any shipping function, including labeling, packaging, or paperwork completion)
Shipping with Dry Ice, Exempt Specimens and Excepted Quantities of Dangerous Goods

Select Course: TC0076
RASCAL;
"live" session available upon request by department or group
"Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) Initial training at the time of hire or before involvement in such activities; refresher every 2 years or sooner if determined by EH&S
Activity- or Hazard-Specific Research Safety Courses
Working with of Formaldehyde or Xylene (Examples: PIs, research workers, post-docs, technicians, students) Formaldehyde and Xylene Safety Training

Select course:TC0016
"Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) "Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) Initial training at the time of hire or before involvement in such activities; Annual refresher as per OSHA
Working with
Hydrofluoric Acid
(Examples: PIs, research workers, post-docs, students, all Clean Room users)
Hydrofluoric Acid Safety Training

Select course: TC1650
RASCAL;
"live" session available upon request by department or group
"Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) Initial training at the time of hire or before involvement in such activities; refresher every 2 years or sooner if determined by EH&S.
Working in a lab that uses cyanide or cyanide-containing substances
(Examples: PIs, research workers, post-docs, technicians, students)
Cyanide Safety Training

Select Course: TC0085
RASCAL;
"live" session available upon request by department or group
RASCAL;
"live" session
available upon request by department or group
Initial training at the time of hire or before to involvement in such activities.
Working in a lab that stores, handles or uses pyrophoric materials
(Examples: PIs, research workers, post-docs, technicians, students)
Pyrophoric Materials Training

Select Course: TC1850
"Live" as determined by EH&S or available upon request by department or group "Live" as determined by EH&S or available upon request by department or group Initial training at the time of hire or before to involvement in such activities.
Working with Controlled Substances in vitro or in vivo, under IACUC-approved protocols
(Examples: License/permit applicants, all users of controlled substances inWorking with Controlled Substances in research)
Controlled Substances Use and Management in Research

Select course: TC0502
RASCAL;
"live" session available upon request by department or group
RASCAL;
"live" session
available upon request by department or group
Initial training before procurements and/or use of Controlled Substances; refresher every 2 years or sooner per EH&S determination
Working with Class 3b or 4a Lasers. Personnel working with other lasers are encouraged, but not required, to attend.
(Examples: all users of lasers)
Laser Safety Training

Select course: TC1600
"Live" initial "Live" or RASCAL (individual's preference) Initial training at the time of hire or before involvement in such activities; refresher every 2 years.
Working in a machine shop or other area with machinery. Personnel working with a specific machine must receive machine specific training provided by their department before use.
(Example: all users of machinery)
Shop Safety Training

Select course: TC0600
RASCAL;
"live" session available upon request by department or group
RASCAL;
"live" session
available upon request by department or group
Initial training before working in a shop or with machinery and annual refresher thereafter.
Working in an area, not covered by a C-14 Certificate of Fitness (laboratory), where more than 60 gallons of Cryogenic Liquid (Liquid Nitrogen) is being stored, handled or used. Storage, Handling and Use of Cryogenic/Refrigerated Liquid Gases (G-97)

Select course: TC0084
RASCAL;
"live" session
available upon request by department
Self-review of FDNY G-97 examination study material upon renewal of certification Per FDNY certification renewal requirements

In addition to these safety training courses, you may be required to complete other Columbia University training course. Please utilize the Research Compliance Training Finder tool available at to identify all of your training requirements… (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/compliance/docs/training/index.html)

Updated October 2012