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New Employee Training Requirements

Welcome to Berkeley Lab!   We value you and the talents that you bring to our workplace.  The training listed below will help you get oriented and off to the right start.   You are expected to complete the courses during your first 30 days at the Laboratory, unless otherwise noted in the course description. 

All New Employees

New Employee Briefing (mandatory)

The New Employee Briefing is a 20-minute online course that introduces new employees to the Laboratory, how it’s organized, where things are, and where to find information needed to work here.  Links to employee services are also provided.  After viewing the material, you will be asked to enter your employee ID as confirmation that you completed the briefing.

Overview of Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Trafficking Victims Protection

This Overview is a 40-minute online course that covers three mandatory training requirements:

  • Environment/Health/Safety: This module provides new employees with a general overview of the safety principles of Berkeley Lab. It introduces Integrated Safety Management (ISM), general hazards at Berkeley Lab and techniques to mitigate these hazards.
  • Emergency Preparedness: This module provides direction in the event of an Operational Emergency at Berkeley Lab so employees are made aware of how to keep safe. It is a requirement of the Department of Energy and Berkeley Lab’s Emergency Management Program.
  • Trafficking Victims Protection: This module ensures Berkeley Lab employees understand their obligations to comply with federal laws enacted to combat trafficking in persons.

Computer Security Training (mandatory for computer users)

What You Need to Know about Cyber Security at Berkeley Lab is a 10-20 minute online course designed to inform you of your basic security responsibilities as an employee of Berkeley Lab and to provide you with actions you can take to protect your computer systems.  To receive credit for the course, you must complete the training and view the course credit confirmation screen.

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (mandatory for non-supervisory employees)

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training is a 50-minute online course that is part of a UC system-wide effort to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment. All non-supervisory employees are required to complete the video-based training within six weeks of hire date and to repeat the training once each year. Supervisors are required to complete a two-hour training course every two years as described below. More information on sexual violence and sexual harassment is available here.

Workplace Substance Abuse Training (mandatory)

Workplace Substance Abuse Training covers the negative effects of substance abuse in the workplace, the Laboratory's substance abuse policy, and best practices the Laboratory has implemented to keep our community safe.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Training (recommended)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) training is part of a UC system-wide effort to provide education, prevention and response to the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.  We want employees at Berkeley Lab to feel safe, secure, welcomed, and supported. As part of this commitment, sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training is now available to all members of the Berkeley Lab community. 

New Supervisors

Supervisor Training (mandatory)

  • Supervisor Responsibilities at Berkeley Lab (BLI0117) – online course to be completed within first two months as a new supervisor.
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (AB1825) - California Law AB 1825 (Gov. Code Section 12950.1) requires supervisors to complete two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. Berkeley Lab supervisors are automatically registered for the online Sexual Harassment Prevention course that is coordinated by the University of California Office of President (UCOP). Supervisors will receive an email from UCOP that includes their personal unique link to access the course and confirms the deadline for completion. For more information on this requirement, contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office at (510-486-4232).

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