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Lab safety is critical for a productive workplace.  Industry partners highlight safety as an essential first skill that new employees must demonstrate. The lab safety-hazard assessment credential is for those wanting to demonstrate mastery of basic lab safety principles including how to identify safety concerns in an SOP, MSDS, and in a lab environment. Our credentials are unique as we require a 3rd party evaluator to assess mastery of this skill in person before issuing this credential.

Earners of this credential have shown mastery of the following tasks:​

  • Utilize information on an MSDS sheet.

  • List safety steps needed to work in a particular lab environment.

  • Describe safety hazards when viewing a lab bench.​

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When you are ready to schedule your credential assessment, ensure that you can complete the tasks listed below:

  • You will be asked questions about hazards present when handling a chemical. The MSDS sheet for the chemical will be provided.

  • When provided an SOP describing lab work, you will be asked to describe appropriate PPE and safety considerations.

  • You will be shown a lab bench with hazards present and asked to identify hazards.



For your $20 credential fee you will be assessed in-person on the tasks listed above and issued a digital credential through Badgr.  Our evaluators are available on a flexible schedule.

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This credential is essential and earning it will help our students build confidence as they start their journey.

High School Biotechnology Instructor


Regional and National Skills Standards

Our Credential Aligns with the following standards:

Washington Biotechnology/Biomedical Skill Standards

C3. Identify unsafe conditions and take corrective action 

Ability to identify conditions that present a threat to health, safety, and the environment.

Knowledge of unsafe condition and accident documentation and reporting procedures.

Knowledge of procedures for taking corrective actions.

C7. Handle and dispose of hazardous materials

Knowledge of hazardous materials handling and documentation procedures.

Knowledge of MSDS.

Texas Biomanufacturing Skill Standards

2.2 Attend company safety and security training

2.3 Report unsafe conditions


Skill Category: Workplace Safety & Behavior

• Identify Safety Symbols

• Exercise proper laboratory safety protocols

• Describe proper handling of biological and hazardous waste

• Identify and properly use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

• Derive information from Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Critical Work Function: Maintain a safe and productive work environment 

Key Activities 

  • Recognize unsafe conditions and take corrective and/or preventive action(s) 

  • Follow relevant safety policies, guidelines, and regulation (e.g. company, OSHA1 , EPA2, CDC3) 

  • Access and use MSDS4 (SDS) and other safety information sources 

  • Maintain a safe, clean, contamination-free, and clutter-free environment, as appropriate 

  • Select appropriate PPE to use to protect self from biological, chemical, and/or physical hazards

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