All students enrolled in courses with an affiliated laboratory must follow the online laboratory safety video series each academic year. Students must access online laboratory safety training via blackboard jnet.tamuk.edu. Online laboratory safety training must be completed by the 12th day of the class. If the online training is not completed, the student will be denied access to the laboratory until the end of the online training. Denial of access can have a negative effect on the students` final score. Laboratory safety covers safety principles in a wide range of areas, including fire and life safety, chemical safety, biosecurity and radiation safety. The hazards that occur in a laboratory affect each safety zone and may be similar, although greater in quantity or severity, to the risks in the middle place of residence or in the workplace. “For 75 years, the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation to improve our national security,” said Gordon-Hagerty. “The laboratory will remain an important resource for future U.S. security as we begin work on new efforts, such as efforts to recapitalize our plutonium mine emission.” Laboratory safety is monitored by the Environmental Health Safety Office to ensure that safe practices are used and that government, national and international safety standards or requirements are met. This will be achieved through laboratory inspections, testing of chemical hoods and other safety equipment, and general laboratory safety training.
In addition, the EHS Office provides support to laboratory staff for all laboratory issues, ranging from recommendations for safe work to the provision of chemical monitoring. Los Alamos, a leading Federal laboratory that employs more than 11,000 people, is overseen by the National Nuclear Security Administration of the Ministry of Energy and houses radioactive and armed nuclear materials. The laboratory is currently operated by a consortium including the Bechtel Corporation and the University of California, which has operated the laboratory since the 1940s.