EHS Training

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Environmental Health and Safety Main Office
Carpenter Shop
Rear Entrance

Chem Store (CSDF)
Coolbaugh Hall
Room 030

Environmental Health Training Programs

Asbestos Abatement Training (Mandatory)
Plant Facilities maintains a skilled trades team which is qualified to utilize protective equipment in order to enter areas which may be contaminated with asbestos. The team was formed so that Plant Facilities would have the ability to perform emergency repairs on equipment which might be covered with asbestos insulation or which might be in contaminated locations. Training for team members consists of 40 hours of initial instruction followed by an annual eight-hour refresher course. Participation in the Medical Surveillance Program is also required.
Asbestos, Lead Paint, Polychlorinated Bi-Phenyls (PCBs) Awareness (Mandatory)
The EHS Department periodically provides training to Plant Facilities and Student Life personnel concerning recognition and proper handling of building materials and equipment which contain these hazardous components. This training has usually been provided in conjunction with Annual Right-to-Know Training.
Asbestos Management Training (Mandatory)
State regulations require that the School designate a qualified Asbestos Coordinator. The coordinator is certified as an Asbestos Abatement Project Manager/Planner. Forty hours of initial training followed by an annual 8-hour refresher course are needed to maintain this certification. The Environmental Health Manager is the School’s Asbestos Coordinator.
Hazardous Materials/Waste Generator Training (Mandatory)

All campus personnel who procure regulated materials or who generate regulated chemical waste must attend this training on an annual basis. This includes faculty members, staff members, graduate students and some undergraduate students. This training is required by federal and state law.

The EHS Department maintains a list of persons who have received the training within the last year and are thereby “authorized” to handle regulated materials. Unauthorized persons who request chemical procurement or waste disposal service are notified that service has been denied because their training is no longer current.

EHS requires new lab workers to attend an in-person Hazardous Waste Generator Training. EHS offers training sessions at the beginning of the semester with additional sessions available throughout the year. This training is required annually, and subsequent trainings can be completed online. The online training is available at the link below. Contact with any questions.

Hazardous Waste Generator Refresher Training

Bloodborne Pathogens Training Programs

Bloodborne Pathogen Training (Mandatory)
The Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training is required on an annual basis If you work with blood, other potentially infectious agents (OPIM), or in a BSL2 laboratory. This training goes over the definitions and safe handling of BBP, proper procedures for biological waste, and information about Biosafety levels. Contact the Environmental Health Manager to arrange for training. Online training coming soon.

Industrial Health Training Programs

Confined Space Entry (Mandatory)
OSHA regulations require the training of employees who may enter confined spaces such as tanks, pits, sewers, crawlspaces, etc…. The EHS Department periodically provides this training to Plant Facilities personnel and to outside contractors who have a need to enter confined spaces on campus.
Miscellaneous Topics
OSHA regulations require training on numerous industrial safety topics. Examples of training topics which may be addressed in this manner include the following:

  • Back and Lifting Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Trench Shoring
  • Lock Out/Tag Out
  • Use of Fire Extinguishers
Ozone Depleting Chemicals Used As Refrigerants (Mandatory)
State regulations require the training and certification of HVAC personnel and auto mechanics who handle certain refrigerants. EHS coordinates this training and certification process with Plant Facilities
Shop Equipment Training for Students
Several departments have workshops which contain metal and wood working machines. This equipment is made available for use by students. Operations in these shops are supervised by Departmental Technicians. The EHS Department has recommended that each department set up a student training program for shop equipment. According to our recommendation, students should not be allowed to use shop equipment until they are trained and authorized.
Compressed Gas Cylinder
Coming soon….

Fire and Life Safety Training Programs

Emergency Evacuation Drills (Mandatory)
In accordance with the Uniform Fire Code, the University Safety Officer conducts emergency evacuation drills in campus buildings each semester. Participation in evacuation drills by all building occupants is required. Public Safety Officers participate in the drills and help to ensure occupant safety.
First Aid/CPR Training
The EHS Department periodically offers Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training to students and employees. This training is arranged by the University Safety Officer.
Fork Truck Operation (Mandatory)
OSHA regulations require that fork truck operators be trained and authorized. The University Safety Officer is certified to provide this training.
Resident Advisor Safety Training (Mandatory)
At the beginning of each semester, Student Life provides training for Resident Advisors concerning management of emergency incidents. This includes instruction concerning operation of alarm systems, building evacuation procedures and coordination with police and fire authorities. The University Safety Officer assists in providing this training.

Chemical Hygiene Training Programs

Hazard Communication in Laboratories
OSHA prescribes the implementation of a “Chemical Hygiene Program” for laboratories. A primary component of this program is “Hazard Communication.” This means that all personnel should be informed of the properties of hazardous materials in the lab and should be informed of hazards and safety procedures associated with lab equipment and processes.
Right-to-Know Training for Classified Staff Members (Mandatory)
The EHS Department provides this training annually for classified staff members who handle chemicals in the course of their duties. The presentation includes segments on use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and use of personal protective equipment.

Radiation and Laser Safety Training Programs

Radiation Safety Training (Mandatory)
Faculty members and graduate students who wish to be qualified to independently handle licensed radioactive material must take a Radiation Safety Course. This course is available online.
Site Specific Laboratory Safety Training
Faculty supervisors of radiation-producing equipment (x-ray machines) are responsible to provide training for users of such equipment. Faculty Supervisors are also expected to provide site specific safety training to employees and students who work in research laboratories.