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Lab Safety Training and Resources

Members of the Physics and Astronomy Department (Faculty, Staff, Post-doctoral Researchers, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students carrying out Research in any form) depending on their work environment must successfully complete at least one of the following safety training.

The Hazard Communication Awareness Training

  • This is the link.
  • Required when using chemical products per manufacturer’s intended purposes in amounts, extent, duration, and frequency commensurate with consumer use.
  • This is a short, 15 minute video training. Once complete, please fill out the Qualtrics Survey and list Boshra Afra ( as your supervisor for purposes of record keeping.
  • Please repeat as needed.

Hazard Communication Comprehensive Training

  • This is the link.
  • Required when chemical use or exposure is a routine or significant part of the job and does not involve the "laboratory use of hazardous chemicals". If it does, your lab would have a CHP program (see below).
  • This is a 45 minute video training. Once complete, please fill out the Qualtrics Survey and list Boshra Afra ( as your supervisor for purposes of record keeping.
  • Repeat annually.

 Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

  • This is the link to information about CHP-Initial and CHP-Refresher. PIs can choose to use the REM CHP document for their lab or take specific relevant sections and create a shorter version for their research team. Members of each research team should check with their supervisor as which document they should review.
  • The professor in charge of a research laboratory involved in the “laboratory use of hazardous chemicals” is responsible for preparing and documenting an initial training that everyone working in the lab has to do before they start their research.
  • CHP-initial training must include a review of the lab-specific CHP, hazard assessments, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and any other protocols or requirements in their entirety. 
  • CHP refresher training must include a review of the laboratory-specific CHP as well as chemical spill and laboratory emergency procedures.
  • CHP refresher training must be completed annually.

PRIME Lab Members

  • If you are a member of the PRIME Lab or a visiting PRIME lab, you need to do a safety training specific to the lab.
  • If you have any questions about PRIME Lab safety tests, please contact Ken Meuller (
  • Information about the PRIME Lab safety is here.
  • Those outside of PRIME Lab are welcome to use any of this training information but PLEASE send any test results to your PI and not to PRIME Lab staff.  Test results received from anyone not employed by PRIME Lab will be deleted.
  • Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Crane Safety and CHP SOP's were created specifically for PRIME Lab and would need modification and certification by the lab PI for use elsewhere.
  • Other safety training
  • Purdue Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) unit also has a variety of lab specific trainings (Biological materials, laser safety,  radiation, etc.). For the complete list of trainings, see here.

Chemical labeling

  • Here is the link to REM Labels, Signs, Stickers and Door Postings.

Chemical Waste Disposal

  • No chemical waste should ever be disposed of in a sink on campus.
  • All chemical waste containers must have an orange Hazardous Waste Disposal label (see below for image).
  • For the Hazardous Materials Pickup Request Form and instruction please click here.
  • For unknown chemical waste, see here.
  • If you have empty chemical containers, please rinse it three times, then put the yellow “Safe for Disposal” label on it and leave it outside your lab door. (see below for image).


  • You can get the Orange and Yellow labels above from Boshra Afra in PHYS 217 D.

Physics and Astronomy Safety Committee


Boshra Afra, Marc Caffee, Jim Corwin, Tongcang Li, Ken Mueller, Sergei Savikhin, Keith Schmitter, Mark Smith,   Fuqiang Wang (Chair), Sidd Pandey, Frank Walz



Last Updated: Nov 11, 2021 2:50 PM

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