Last Revised: June 14, 2024

Training is required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for all employees who work in laboratories, those who work with hazardous substances including: chemicals, human blood, blood products, fluids, and human tissue specimens, and those who work with physical hazards including lasers, powered industrial trucks, and hoists. Training is also required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) for those who handle or dispose of chemical or infectious waste.

Training programs are developed and presented by the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) using instructor-led or web-based formats. As of March 6, 2023, Workday Learning is replacing Penn Profiler and Knowledge Link.  If you have been assigned a training curriculum prior to March 3, 2023, you will not have to make new training assignments in Workday Learning. 

On or after March 6, 2023, supervisors of new faculty, staff, and students will need to assign EHRS training through Workday Learning.  To determine which job-related training programs you are required to assign, use the EHRS Workday Learning Selection Guide for your campus and job description.  Penn employees can also self-assign courses offered by EHRS.

Please Note: Penn Students not receiving compensation will not be found in Workday. These students must enroll into Extended Enterprise to access training in Workday Learning. Use the following tip sheet to access your account.

Radiation Safety

In addition, state, federal and local regulations and accrediting agencies require Radiation Safety Training for all personnel using radioactive materials or radiation producing equipment at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Wistar Institute and affiliated institutions. To take web based Radiation Safety Training, use this link.


Training requirements for Shippers of Dangerous Goods can also be found at the Training Requirement for Shippers page.


Non-affiliates who work in Penn laboratories must follow this policy.  Training requirements are here.


Please follow this policy for visitors in Penn laboratories.