How do I get my required safety trainings?
All members of the biology department (students, volunteers, employees, visiting scholars) are required to take a variety of safety training depending on the work they do. Even those who are primarily computer based researchers may need safety training depending on where they physically do their work. Many of our bioinformatics stations are located in wet bench labs. Everyone should work with the Facilities Manager, Vanessa Russo ext 89041, to determine what level of training they need and to find out the dates and locations of upcoming training sessions.
If you are starting a new protocol and are not sure if additional training will be required, be sure to reach out to the Facilities Manager who help you plan your experiments so that the appropriate safety measures are taken to protect you and the lab.
What is a Certificate of Fitness? and do I have to get one?
The Certificate of Fitness (CoF) is issued by the New York City Fire Department which requires all labs operating within New York City to have CoF holders. In turn the Biology Department requires all faculty, code 103 professional research staff (who hold an appointment of a year or more, i.e. Postdocs and technicians), as well as all PhD students to obtain a CoF. Getting a CoF requires taking a test at the NYFD headquarters in Brooklyn or, depending on your research experience, a mail in option.
We have tried to make this process as easy as possible for you. See the Facilities Manager for your application packet and step by step instructions. The Department covers the cost of the certificate. You will need to renew your CoF for the duration of your time in the Biology Department.