Online, On-Demand

Course credits: 0.9
Course contact hours: 9

Class description

Improving Lab Safety and Reducing Chemical Hazards in the Laboratory Classroom

Free, asynchronous, online, on-demand course available now.

The laboratory environment has many risks associated with chemical hazards.  Teachers, researchers, staff, and students benefit when an effective chemical management system goes beyond simply complying with local, state, and federal standards.  The laboratory community is seeking new tools and best practices for creating a safe learning environment and workplace.  The goal of this on-demand course is to increase laboratory safety and the use of safer alternatives in teaching and research laboratories.  Teachers can earn 9 clock hours from the Washington Science Teachers Association for completing the course.

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Learning Objectives

Learners who complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe the physical and chemical hazards present in school laboratories to students and other instructors.
  • Assess overall compliance with regulatory standards and guidelines applicable to health and safety in the laboratory.
  • Describe the process for evaluating the hazards and risks associated with specific laboratory activities.
  • Identify safer replacement labs
  • Implement best practices for chemical storage, waste disposal, and emergency preparedness.


Teachers, academic professors, lab technicians, safety managers, laboratory inspectors, school administrators, human resource professionals, school public health inspectors and other staff working in a laboratory setting.
This work was funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement No. NP-01J51201 to the Washington State Department of Ecology; the contents of this training do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

Continuing Education Information:

Accredited continuing education for teachers is available upon completion of this course. Nine Clock Hours are available for $25 from the Washington Science Teachers Association. For accreditation, visit For more information, contact

Additionally, when you have completed the course, instructions will be accessible to request a UW DEOHS CE Certificate of Completion from