Training and Safety

Postdoctoral Fellows are responsible for completing University and laboratory standard trainings (e.g., biosafety training, managing laboratory chemicals and asbestos training). You may also be required to complete laboratory safety (e.g., blood borne pathogens, radiation safety) and other training (e.g., human subjects, animal care) depending on your lab, specific project and work responsibilities.

Please fill out the form “Safety Training for Laboratory Personnel” at the following link to determine the courses you are required to complete, enrollment information, and any deadlines associated with your training requirements. You are responsible for making arrangements, completing the required trainings in a timely manner, and providing documentation of successful completion to your mentor or assigned lab designee.

Sexual Harassment Training - renew every two years

UW Employees and Volunteers as Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse – In June of 2012, Washington State’s Abuse of Children Law was amended to include all higher education employees as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect. 

Under Administrative Policy Statement 11.8: Reporting Suspected Child Abuse, all UW employees and volunteers who have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect must immediately report the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

Reference guides detailing your responsibilities as a mandated reporter under the law:

To learn more and participate in the online training “Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect,” please visit Risk Management’s website.