Student Safety Checklist
- Laboratory Safety Training – All laboratory personnel must take the college-wide laboratory safety training class.
- NYC Fire Safety Training – If you are going to be working in a lab independently, then you will need to become C-14 certified.
- Responsible Conduct of Research Training – All SRI members must complete this training before 26 May 2017
- Research on Humans – If you are going to do research on humans, then you will need IRB approval.
- Research on vertebrate animals – If you are going to do research on vertebrate animals, then you will need IACUC approval.
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:
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
21 credits in a science course
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: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/description/cof-c14
Double check the requirements as the requirements change:
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
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, email@example.com 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.
IN ORDER TO RECEIVE PROPER CREDIT, YOU MUST LOG INTO THIS COURSE THROUGH RASCAL.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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:
- fill out the occupational health clearance form with your mentor
- 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.
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.