Laboratory Safety Associate

Laboratory Safety Associates, sometimes described as Lab Safety Officers or Lab Safety Specialists, are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment and ensuring that the workplace complies with government regulations.

Fast Facts & Skills


Education & Training: 

A two year associates degree is often sufficient.  Certificates in biosafety and hazardous materials handling are helpful.

A Lab Safety Associate is expected to be familiar with routine laboratory safety standards. These include procedures for safe handling of blood-borne pathogens, and chemical and radioactive waste. This person might also instruct others on safety procedures and maintain documentation to show that lab personnel have completed courses in material handling. Laboratory safety specialists are expected to be familiar with regulations from the EPA, OSHA, and GMP standards and directives.

A Lab Safety Associate might be expected to develop and deliver safety training to staff and document attendance.  They might be responsible for maintaining a suitable inventory of safety equipment and materials (lab coats, face shields, chemical hazard kits, first aid supplies). They would be in charge of maintaining records related to safety and and inventory of chemicals.

Alternate job title:  This position is similar to the Environmental Health and Safety associate.

Where to Work and Learn

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InnovATEBIO programs offer degrees, certificates, or teach skills in these related areas.