The Lab Manager Academy provides essential knowledge and training to lab managers. In the online training curriculum, you can take individual courses or sign up for track-level management or lab safety certificates that will sharpen your skills and improve your ability to succeed in your lab leadership role. In addition to safety and management certificates, more course topics are in the works and will be available in the future.Learn More
In today’s modern lab you must manage the safety aspects—risks, regulations, compliance, and culture. It’s a challenge. Learn how to mitigate risks, improve safety culture, and manage your lab’s EHS systems in a four-track, 20-course certificate program from a lab safety and risk expert with over three decades of experience.Learn More
The two certificate programs complement each other. Scott D. Hanton, PhD, teaches the Lab Management Certificate courses with his decades of experience managing labs and leading people. It’s all about how to be an effective lab manager. Jon’s Lab Safety Management Certificate courses are specifically about how to successfully manage the safety and risk aspects of labs. There is very little overlap in content, although both programs emphasize the role of the leader in driving success.Learn More
Lab Manager provides the guidance lab managers need to run their labs like a business. Whether it’s through our print magazine, digital offerings, webinars, videos, or live events, managers can find the advice they need to be strong leaders in their labs.Learn More
Lab managers have wide-ranging responsibilities, including people leadership, business management, and lab safety. Most were trained as scientists, but now need a wide range of skills to be successful in this role.
The Lab Manager Academy brings essential knowledge and training for lab managers together on one platform. Within the Academy, you can take individual lab management and safety courses or sign up for Lab Manager Certificate programs.
These management and safety programs will sharpen your skills and improve your ability to succeed in your lab leadership role. Additional topics and certificates will be available in the future to provide ongoing education.
Completing this certificate will provide the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to make it easier to manage the safety of your lab(s). You’ll develop professionally, it will benefit your career, and your organization will enjoy your improved expertise as you guide and manage lab safety and risks.
The curriculum covers four different tracks (each with five courses that you can take individually or by track):
Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CIT is Lab Manager’s senior safety editor with 35 years of professional experience in environmental, health, safety, and risk (EHSR).
He was safety director for two colleges of engineering with hundreds of labs doing a wide variety of research.
He consulted for many years to private industry, government, non-profits, and higher ed. He also taught EHSR at two colleges and was a management faculty member in an MBA and HR master’s program.
His master’s is in adult education and learning and he is a PhD candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University.
He studies two areas
It’s not a coincidence that Safety Culture is our first course in track #1, given its critical nature in driving risk, behaviors, and group norms. A few topics we’ll discuss include safety leadership, example-setting, team building, and encouraging habits and rituals that drive a culture of safety.
Our technical safety topics track will cover five significant hazard categories—biosafety, chemical hygiene, life safety, physical hazards, and radiologic safety—with chemical hygiene being the largest part of that for many labs. It’s a wide-ranging area from corrosives, flammables and oxidizers, reactives, and toxins as a starting point for us to discuss how to manage the risks and control of each group of hazardous chemicals.
Risk mitigation is a vital part of the scope of all risk aspects—assessing, characterizing, perceiving, communicating, mitigating, and managing them. While all six aspects are important, it is all about how we mitigate the many and varied risks in labs that will drive incidents; we’ll work through example cases to demonstrate its complexities and how to be strategic and systematized in your approach.
Our final track is all about the facility and environment including lab design and space use, ergonomics and human factors, infrastructure and facilities, relations with other labs and neighbors, and of course, emergencies. How we prepare for and respond to emergencies can make or break the lab and its operations.
Many laboratory managers started as bench scientists. While their training includes all they need to be great researchers, most scientific programs don’t cover the skills needed to effectively manage a lab. That’s where Lab Manager comes in. We’re the only publication specifically focused on all aspects of running a lab, including ensuring your lab is meeting health and safety standards, budgeting, hiring and retaining staff, managing people, designing and furnishing your lab, and choosing the right technologies for your lab.
We provide the guidance lab managers need to run their labs like a business. Whether it’s through our print magazine, digital offerings, webinars, videos, or live events, managers can find the advice they need to be strong leaders in their labs.
The Lab Manager Academy is expected to grow and will eventually contain other important knowledge and training materials on things like safety, product training, and consulting.
Key people contributing to the Lab Manager Academy include: