Laboratory Trainings

2018 SRI Alumnae Panel Dinner - Panelist Irene Dankwa-Mullan MD MPH, Deputy Chief Health Officer at IBM Watson Health

Student Safety Checklist

Laboratory Safety Certification and Training

All students, staff and faculty are required to attend a laboratory safety training session prior to conducting research in a faculty laboratory. The training is offered three times a year—i.e., at the beginning of each semester and the summer. Ask your mentor for the time and location.

There is also an online version available for those who are unable to attend the review course. To become certified, students must pass the test associated with the online course. 

The Barnard College Laboratory Chemical Hygience Plan

New York City C-14 Fire Safety Certification and Training

When a laboratory is open and running, New York City requires at least one of the occupants to be C-14 certified.

To obtain certification, Barnard students must take a test in Brooklyn.  To qualify you must have completed the following:

  • 21 credits in a science course
  • 60 credits

To prepare for the test, we recommend that you either attend the review class or review the material online

When planning to take the test:

  1. Confirm that they are open and bring necessary materials by visiting the NYC Busines site with information on the C-14 certification.
  2.  Double check the requirements as the requirements change.
  3. Review the study guide and online materials.
  4. Fill out the A-20 form
  5. Bring two forms of identification and a letter of recommendation from your PI

Please note: the testing fee is $25. You may be reimbursed by your department or Beyond Barnard. To this end, make sure you keep your receipt.

 Traveling to the test site:

NYC Fire Department (FDNY) 
Public Certification Unit 
9 MetroTech Center, 1st Floor 
Brooklyn, NY 11201 
Phone: (718) 999-1988 

  1.   Take the 1 train to 59th (Columbus Circle) and transfer to the A train to Metro Tech/Jay Street
  2.   Use the Myrtle Promenade/Jay St. Metro Tech exit from the station
  3.   Walk east to the Flatbush Ave. entrance

Responsible Conduct of Research Certificate and Training 


All SRI students must complete the RCR training and upload the completion certificate on Courseworks no later than May 20, 2019 by 11:59 PM.

Research on Vertebrate Animals Training

If you are planning to conduct research on vertebrate animals (e.g., mice), then please speak with your mentor about obtaining approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Columbia.

Before you can begin research on vertebrate animals, you must be trained and appropriately qualified. To this end, you will need to attend training courses, obtain occupational health approval, and be added to your mentor’s research protocol. For a summary of this process, see the Training Flowchart.

The training and certification process is conducted by the Institute of Comparative Medicine (ICM) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Columbia. Given that the training process varies depending on the vertebrate species you intend to study (e.g., mouse, rat or pigeon), you will need to speak with your mentor about the specific training requirements.

For occupational health approval, you will need to:

  1. Fill out the occupational health clearance form with your mentor.
  2. Obtain clearance from a health care provider (note: during the academic year, go to BC health services; during the summer, go to CU health services in John Jay).

**Note: this training and certification process often takes 3-4 weeks to complete, so begin early.