Laboratory Safety and Responsible Conduct of Research

Student Safety Checklist


Laboratory Safety 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 class. To become certified, students must pass the test associated with the online course. 

The next Lab Safety Training will be:


The Barnard College Laboratory Chemical Hygience Plan


Fire Safety

New York City C-14 Fire safety certification:

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

   60 credits

   21 credits in a science course

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

When you go to Brooklyn

  Go early — Arrive by 8 a.m. as spaces are limited

 Confirm that they are open and bring necessary materials by visiting:

  Double check the requirements as the requirements change:

  Study Materials

  A C-14 study guide can be found here

  Fill out the A-20 form

  Bring two forms of identification and a letter of recommendation from your PI

  The testing fee is $25. You may be reimbursed by your department or the Dean's office. To this end, make sure you keep your receipt.

 Traveling to Brooklyn
  9 Metro Tech, Brooklyn, NY 11201

  Take the 1 train to 59th (Columbus Circle) and transfer to the A train to Metro Tech/Jay Street

  Use the Myrtle Promenade/Jay St. Metro Tech exit from the station

  Walk east to the Flatbush Ave. entrance


Responsible Conduct of Research Training


All SRI students must complete the RCR training and submit the completion certificate no later than May 26, 2017. Note that timesheet approval/payments are contingent on completion.


1) Log in to Columbia’s Research Administration and Compliance (RASCAL) system.

You will need your Columbia UNI and password. Contact Michal Woodbridge at 212.870.2526 or via email, if you need help accessing Rascal.


2) Click on “Training Center.”


3) Click on “Course Listings.”


4)  In the Search for a course text box, enter “TC0094” Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), then click ‘go’.


5) Click on “Take Course” on the left hand side of the page.

The course is maintained by CITI (the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative).

After clicking “Take Course”, you will be asked for your Columbia UNI and password, then redirected to the CITI website.



6) Create a CITI account if you don’t already have one.

First-time CITI users will need to complete the CITI registration information.  Once you have registered in CITI, you will be able to save your work until you complete the training.


7) Click  “Add a Course.”


8) Select “TC0094 - Responsible Conduct of Research Training,” then click “Next.”


9) Select the RCR course that best corresponds with your department or research focus (Biomedical, Social and Behavioral, or Physical Sciences).


10) Click on “Biomedical/ Social and Behavioral/ or Physical Sciences” and complete the required modules. You do not need to complete the course in one session. You can complete it in as many sessions as you need and the system will save your work.


11) When you have completed the modules, you will be able to download a completion report.


12) MAKE SURE TO PRINT/SAVE A COPY OF THE COMPLETION REPORT! Once you complete the RCR Training, please print out your completion certificate and send it via email to Laura Tierney, Administrative Assistant in the Dean of Studies Office, at or mail/hand-deliver it to Milbank 105. If you email the completion certificate, please use the subject heading “RCR Certificate” and name the file “your name-RCR.”


If you have any questions about accessing or completing CITI training, please review the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Michal Woodbridge, Manager of Sponsored Research, via email at or at 212.870.2526.


Note that online RCR training through the CITI program is valid for 3 years from the date of completion, after which the "Refresher Course" should be taken.


Research on Vertebrate Animals

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.


Research on Humans

Before you can begin research on human subjects, you must be trained and appropriately qualified. To this end, visit Barnard’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) website.