Mandatory Training and Equipment

Mandatory Training

Any person working in an experimental lab in biomedical engineering must complete the Laboratory Safety Program offered by EHS. Refresher training must be completed annually by taking the Laboratory Safety Refresher course available at EHS.

Courses that may be required for biomedical engineering lab use (if applicable) include:

  • Chemical and Hazardous Waste Handling (initial and refresher)
  • Right-to-Know
  • Autoclave Safety
  • Bloodborne Pathogen
  • General Laser Safety Training
  • Hazardous Materials Shipping and Receiving

The following steps should be followed to complete safety training on a yearly basis.

  1. Visit the Penn State Environmental Health and Safety website or contact EHS at 814-865-6391 to schedule a time for your class.
  2. Look under the course list start with the “Chemical and Hazardous Waste Handling (Initial)” under “Chemical Safety.”
  3. A copy of that form must be kept in the Lab Safety Plan in your lab.
  4. All persons are required to refresh their training every year by completing the “Chemical and Hazardous Waste Handling (Refresher)” course and updating the paperwork in their lab’s “Lab Safety Plan.”

Required PPE in Experimental Labs

All occupants of experimental labs must adhere to the following rules:

  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times.
  • Gloves must be worn while working in the lab and removed prior to leaving the lab.
  • Lab coats must be worn in all labs.
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn in all labs. Absolutely no open toe shoes in experimental labs.
  • Additional PPE may be required on specific experiments. KNOW YOUR HAZARDS.

Key Control

Documentation of the safety training will have to be supplied in order to sign out any keys in Hallowell Building. If safety training is not updated annually, key privileges will be lost.



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614