Student Laboratory Training

Laboratory Safety

Laboratories present many more potential hazards than the conventional classroom, and it makes sense from everyone's standpoint to prepare for situations you will hopefully never have to handle.

Here are some basic guidelines for most laboratory classes:

  • Protective clothing (known as Personal Protective Equipment--PPE) is available for anyone handling or exposed to hazardous materials or equipment. Although not all-inclusive, these may include: lab coats, safety goggles, gloves, shielding, etc.)
  • Separate waste receptacles for glass, biohazards, organic and inorganic chemicals, and radioactive materials should be in place.
  • No eating, drinking, applying cosmetics, or chewing gum, in the lab at any time!
  • Wearing closed-toe shoes and long pants is good practice.
  • Long hair is restrained so that it cannot contact hands, specimens, containers, or equipment.
  • Wash hands before or immediately upon exiting any laboratory.

Online Laboratory Safety Training is provided by Vivid/HSI LMS through the Office of Compliance and Risk Management. All students enrolled in lab courses should consider completing the training available.

The following Laboratory Safety training courses are provided through Vivid/HSI:

  • Emergency and Fire Preparedness (recommended for all students)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (recommended for all students)
  • Fire Extinguisher Safety (recommended for all students)
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls (recommended for all students)
  • Hazard Communication (Required if working with chemicals)
  • Hazardous Waste Management (Required if your project will generate hazardous waste)
  • Biosafety & Biomedical Waste (Required if your project will generate biomedical waste)
  • Compresses Gas Safety (Required if working with any compressed gas)
  • Process Safety Management (Required if working with explosive chemicals and/or chemically propelled rockets or projectiles)
  • University Laboratory Safety (3 lessons) (Required if working in a laboratory containing chemicals and/or biohazards)

Your professor can provide you with guidelines on which courses are best suitable for the laboratory class you are participating in.  You are encouraged to ask questions in the event you have concerns and may also report any unsafe conditions to your insstructor and/or 


In keeping with the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech)’s mission of education and outreach, it may be appropriate for persons under the age of eighteen years to occasionally enter Florida Tech research laboratories or animal facilities for educational purposes.

Download The Minors in Laboratories Plan provided by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety 

The purpose of this plan is to identify under what circumstances and/or conditions minors will be allowed to visit, work or conduct research in Florida Tech research laboratories where hazardous materials are used or hazardous procedures are conducted, including animal facilities. These guidelines are necessary to help protect a minor’s health and safety and to provide reasonable measures to prevent harm arising from potential exposure to hazardous agents or conditions.

All students enrolled in a lab course are REQUIRED to initial and sign the form below as an acknowledgment and acceptance of risk and indemnification for laboratory participation.