The University provides training courses designed to support research laboratory functions across campus. Courses offered include both online and classroom-based instruction, and cover both general research policies and procedures related to Research and Academic Safety. Most courses are required to be completed by Principal Investigators (PIs) and lab personnel involved in research at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Research and Academic Safety Programs

Training courses are offered under the following programs:

  • Research and Academic Safety
  • Biological Safety
  • Chemical & Hazardous Waste Safety
  • Radiation and Laser Safety
  • Animal Care and Use

In addition to general safety orientation, Principal Investigators/Lab Supervisors must ensure their lab workers are trained on hazards and procedures that are specific to their labs. The Office of Research Integrity, as well as Environmental Health & Safety, provide general research and academic safety training that is a general supplement to lab-specific training.

Training Access

All training courses are accessible through the Laboratory Management System. A NetID and registration with a UTD research laboratory is required for access. If you are visiting a campus lab or do not have a NetID, please contact Research and Academic Safety support.

Courses And Requirements

The University of Texas at Dallas has compiled a training matrix that describes the requirements for training and the associated training modules. The Research and Academic Safety Training Matrix describes the minimum safety training requirements for all personnel who work in UTD laboratories. Safety training requirements are determined by the tasks, materials, and equipment associated with each laboratory. All required training courses are assigned lab personnel through the Research Laboratory Management System based on lab assignment.

Laboratory and Chemical Safety

  • Research and Academic Safety Orientation: Introduction to safe practices in the laboratory/research environment. Topics include: basic information about safety, hazards (identification), controls, hazardous materials, electrical safety, earthquake safety, fire extinguishers, emergency procedures, and ergonomics.
  • Hazardous Waste Management: Introduction to proper determination and management of hazardous waste. Topics include: labeling, storing, treating, and disposal of hazardous waste. Discussion includes physically hazardous, chemical, biohazardous, radioactive, and mixed waste.
  • Chemical Hygiene: Overview of the safe use of hazardous chemicals (flammables/combustibles, corrosives, reactives, and toxins). Topics include: Standards, Hazards and Controls, and Exposures.
  • Controlled Substances: Introduction to secure use of controlled substances. Topics include: Introduction, Controlled Substances Use Association (CSUA), Storage site controls and security, Orders/Delivery/Receipt, Use Logs and Biennial Inventory, Transfers/Imports/Exports, Disposal, Diversion and Loss Reporting, and Illicit Activities and Repercussions.
  • Compressed Gasses and Cryogens: Overview of the hazards associated with compressed gases include oxygen displacement and asphyxiation, explosion, and toxicity, as well as the physical hazards of a ruptured cylinder. Topics include: the hazards posed by the use of compressed gasses and cryogens, how to safely use compressed gas cylinders, reading cylinder labels, proper cylinder storage and transport, using connectors and valves.
  • Shop Safety Training: Overview of safe use of shop machinery. This hands-on training will provide general instruction for hazards in a machine shop environment. Training for specific tools should be provided by the PI.
  • Electrical Safety Training: Introduction to basic electrical safety. Topics include: hazards, equipment, testing, maintenance, proper use, extension cords, grounding, ARC flash, and lockout/tagout.


  • Nanotechnology Safety: Overview of Hazard Communication related to the use of nanomaterials and additional access to online resources for nanomaterial safety. Topics include: overview of nanomaterials, routes and risks of exposure, safe handling and control measures, lab hazards and hazardous chemicals, labels, material safety data sheets (MSDS), common warning signs, and physical and health hazards.

Biological Safety

  • Biosafety: Introduction to proper handling of microorganisms in teaching and research, recombinant DNA, and work conducted in a microbiological laboratory.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens: The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Epidemiology & Symptoms, Modes of Transmission, Exposure Control Plan, Tasks & Activities, Methods of Compliance, PPE Selection, PPE Decontamination & Disposal, Hepatitis B Vaccination, Emergency Procedures, Exposures, Post Exposure Evaluation & Follow-up, Signs and Labels, and Waste Management (48 min).

Laser and Radiation Safety

  • Laser Safety Training: Overview of the safe use Class 3B and Class 4 lasers. Topics include: Introduction, Hazards (Biological and Non-Beam), Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, Work Practices, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Radiation Training: Initial hands-on and annual refresher for safe use of radioactive materials. Topics include: ionizing radiation, ALARA, surveys, security and inventory control, waste management, records, rules, and lessons learned.
  • X-Ray Safety Training: Overview of the safe use and operation of x-ray producing equipment.

Animal Care & Use

  • Research Animal Use and Care: Online and hands-on training is designed to provide an understanding of animal research regulations, as well as proper care and handling of animals in a research setting.


Please contact us with questions regarding safety training requirements or offerings at Research and Academic Safety support.