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Sabancı University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences has a policy for the training of the new comers.

Administrative staff shares the list of new students/employee who will work in the laboratories with Laboratory Specialist (LS) and Laboratory Safety Specialist (LSS) and informs newcomer to visit LSS. LSS performs the Training Need Analysis with the newcomer, meaning that they decide on the trainings the newcomer will take.

New students/employees get training and have exam depending on an online training calendar which will show all the training and exam dates beforehand. When the exam results are announced, unsuccessful examiners will retake the training session. Successful ones will have the gain the entry authorization to the laboratories and he/she will have an orientation in their laboratories with the responsible faculty member / LS / LSS.

A short definition of provided trainings is given below:

General Lab Safety

Any person who works in a laboratory must receive training to become knowledgeable about potential hazards in the laboratory. Laboratory workers must attend a general session given by LSS and receive additional, more specific training from the responsible faculty member / LS / LSS.

This training session covers the Environmental Health and Safety standards and documents, hazards in the laboratories, personal protective equipment, waste disposal, safety signs and emergency situations.

This training is mandatory for all new comers; students (Grad&Undergrad), academic staff (Postdoc&Faculty member), project staff, interns and visitors.

To enroll in a class, please contact LSS.

Emergency Management

This training is mandatory for all new comers; students (Grad&Undergrad), academic staff (Postdoc&Faculty member), project staff, interns, and visitors; and covers the emergency response plan, emergency response team, and emergency exit layout.

Research waste management programs ensure safe and compliant management (storage and disposal) of wastes generated as a result of experimental research at Sabancı University.

This training is mandatory for students (Grad&Undergrad), academic staff (Postdoc&Faculty member), project staff, interns and visitors; and covers identification, handling and disposal procedures for hazardous and non-hazardous waste in the laboratory.

Chemical Safety

Students (Grad&Undergrad), project staff and interns should attend the Chemical Safety training which will be held each semester.

Chemical Safety training covers the topics of storing chemicals safely, obtaining and managing personal protective equipment (PPE), knowing what training is needed, knowing the hazards of a chemical and disposing of chemicals.

Biosafety

Students (Grad&Undergrad), project staff and interns should attend the Biosafety training which will be held each semester.

The training covers biosafety risk levels, biological risks in the laboratory, safety precautions, biological waste disposal and PPE.

Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety training is held every semester and covers facilitating the safe use of radioactivity and radiation-producing machines.

Newcomer students and staff should get approval to work with radiation, learn to obtaindosimetry (radiation badge) and view their results, order radioactive materials, and dispose of radioactive waste. Emergencies involving radioactive materials and working with radiation while pregnant are also the topics of the training.

Laser Safety

Laser Safety training is held every semester and covers general laser safety principles, classification of lasers and laser systems, hazards, control measures, personal protective equipment.

It covers the classification of lasers, wavelength range and their pathological effects on the human body and additionally emergency situations.

Compressed Gas Safety

This training is held every semester and is mandatory for students (Grad&Undergrad), academic staff (Postdoc), project staff and interns, visitors; and covers the safe use of compressed gases.

Compressed gases must be handled and used only by trained employees and students. Chemical hazards through a hazard communication program, labels, and other forms of warnings are included in the concept of the Compressed Gas Safety training. Gas manufacturer’s safety data sheets (SDSs) should always be consulted for specific information.

Fume Hood Safety

Fume hood safety training is held each semester.

The training covers information onhow to safely operate the fume hoods and instructions for controlling inhalation exposures with ventilation. These instructions are located on the SDS and/or label.

Personal Protective Equipment

PPE training is set each semester and it covers information about face and eye protection, lab coats and aprons, gloves, foot protection, respiratory protection and how to obtain all the essential PPE. It is mandatory for students (Grad&Undergrad), academic staff (Postdoc), project staff, interns and visitors.

Chemwatch

Chemwatch Gold FFX is the online software that provides (Material) Safety Data Sheet ((M)SDS) information of all the chemicals, listing and classifying the chemicals that are owned by the faculty.

This training is held every semester for all the newcomer students and employee and this training is mandatory.

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