New Member

  1. Meet with PI about
  • Working hours
  • Group meeting
  • Team meeting
  • Project and expectations
  1. Go to Department Office at HMR401 to complete New Hire paperwork
    (email to make an appointment)
  1. Set up IT
  • E-mail
  • Phone, if needed
  • Server access
  • Printer
  1. Meet with PI or Lab Manager
  • Walk through laboratory and discuss SOPs
    (this will also help with General Laboratory Safety class homework)
  1. Liquid nitrogen tank
  2. Chemical safety hood
  3. Cold room
  4. Mouse facility
  5. Radiation area
  • Get space assigned, i.e. freezer space, tissue culture space, etc.
  • Get added to lab website after you receive your USC email address
  • Read papers to become familiar with your lab
  • Discuss how to get experiments approved (e.g. biosafety approval)
  • Discuss how to order things
  1. General Laboratory Safety (GLS) – sign up for classes offered at HSC, Registration Information and EHS Calendar. All university employees, faculty, students, visiting scholars, volunteers, etc. that are scheduled to work  in university laboratories are required to take the three-hour General Laboratory Safety Training Session + Independent assignment to be completed inside the laboratory. To obtain full credit for the course: (a) Training in person must be completed on the scheduled day and time, and (b) the independent assignment must be completed within the deadline. NOTE: There is one specifically for undergrads.Also, please ask your PI if you need to sign up for other formal training offered through Environmental Health and Safety.
       Course   Duration              Notes  
    Annual Safety Refresher (ASR)  Varied ASR must be provided to research staff by the Principal Investigator (PI) or designee.
    Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) One hour Anyone working with or has the potential to be exposed to human or non-human primate blood, blood products, cell lines, bodily fluids, or other potentially infectious materials must attend.
    Biosafety Level 3 Contact Jill Henley (, BSL3 Facility Manager, for additional information
    Controlled Substances (CST) One hour Anyone working with or has the potential to be exposed to human or non-human primate blood, blood products, cell lines, bodily fluids, or other potentially infectious materials must attend.
    General Lab Safety (GLS) Three hours + independent assignment USC faculty, staff, students, and affiliates who work in USC laboratories must take this course. Attendees will receive full credit with attendance and completion of assignments.
    Principles of Biosafety (BIO) One hour This course covers safe practices for handling and containment of biological materials including human blood, human pathogens, recombinant DNA, and biological toxins. It is ONLY available at HSC.
    Radiation Safety (RAM) Two hours Anyone working with or has the potential to be exposed to radiation or radioactive materials must attend.
    Respiratory Protection One hour Use of the respirator requires occupational health monitoring. General training and fit-testing on use of the respirator will be provided. Attendees must bring respirators they will use.
    Shipment of Biological Materials and/or Dry Ice (BHS) Two hours Learn steps for proper shipping of bio samples.
    Viral Vector Training (VVT) One hour This course is designed to teach researchers the safety concerns surrounding the use of viral vectors.
    X-ray Irradiator (IRR) One hour Safety video + in-person instruction at irradiator.
  1. Sign up and complete step by step guide for Animal Care and Use Training (you will need to provide your USC ID). This is a required training for all Principal Investigators, staff, and students working in laboratory animal facilities and/or handling animals or animal tissues. Contact your PI or Lab Manager to add you to the animal protocol and card access to the animal facility, if needed.
  1. Sign up and complete Human Subjects Protections “Basic Course” for Health Science Campus (HSC) for Human Subject Research. Complete if you are conducting biomedical research with human subjects. Learning objectives pertain to ethics and principles, laws and regulations, informed consent, vulnerable populations, and more.
  1. Sign up for Responsible Conduct of Research Training. All students (including undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars) supported by the National Science Foundation are required to complete an approved course in Responsible Conduct of Research. Students supported on certain NIH programs, including training grants, are also required to complete RCR training.


  1. Go Department Office at HMR401 to complete Volunteer paperwork
    (email to make an appointment)
  1. General Laboratory Safety Class, Registration Information and EHS Calendar
    NOTE: High school students must have the USC Parent Consent Form completed, signed, and returned to their USC research advisors prior to working in USC laboratories.