Certificate of Achievement

Laboratory Safety Technician

San Diego has become a hub for research institutes and industrial biotechnology companies, creating a need for highly trained Laboratory Safety Technicians to enter the job market. To meet this demand, the EHSM department and industry partners have developed comprehensive coursework that covers laboratory-specific regulations such as hazardous materials and waste management, HAZWOPER certification, and biological, chemical, and radiological regulatory compliance specific to a laboratory setting. Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue careers in the laboratory setting as safety technicians, hazardous-waste technicians, environmental technicians, and occupational safety and health technicians.


Example COA Pathway

See EHSM Proposed Schedule for upcoming courses. It is recommended that you take the EHSM core classes as they are offered for the fastest track to graduation. 


Laboratory Safety Technician

(Total Units Required: 19 - 22)

Semester 1

EHSM 130

3 Units

EHSM 140

4 Units

EHSM 150

4 Units

Total Units

11 Units

Semester 2

EHSM 200

4 Units

EHSM 230

3 Units

EHSM 240

1 Unit

Total Units

8 Units


*The EHSM Department suggests taking EHSM 100 in your first semester because it's a prerequisite for EHSM 150, 200. If unable to complete EHSM 100, apply for a prerequisite clearance


Laboratory Safety Technician Duties

Manage laboratory safety for biological, chemical and nuclear hazards, building fire safety, ventilation, hazardous materials and waste management, and emergency response to hazardous waste spills (HAZWOPER). Investigate accidents, injuries and illnesses, perform site safety inspections, train employees on safety and health topics, recommend personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain safety data sheets (SDS) and hazardous waste manifests, work with regulatory agencies for annual audits or investigations. 

Career Titles

Laboratory Safety Technician, Laboratory Safety Specialist, Safety Coordinator, Laboratory Technician, Occupational Safety and Health Technician, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety Technician, Environmental Health and Safety Specialists, Environmental Technician, Environmental Specialist,  Hazardous Waste Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, Safety Inspector, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Occupational Safety and Health Manager, Safety Compliance Technician, Safety Compliance Specialists, Safety Compliance Manager