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Training Session Listings

The following training sessions are available. Click on a title to see a description of that training session:

Workplace Safety Training

Chemical and Laboratory Safety Training

Radiation Safety Training

Biological Safety and Sanitation Training


Training session Description:

Workplace Safety

Accident Investigation

A thorough accident investigation may identify previously overlooked physical, environmental, or process hazards, the need for new or more extensive safety training, or unsafe work practices. This training session is intended to provide supervisors with the tools to conduct initial accident investigations and offer insights into when more complex investigations are warranted.

Who Should Attend?

Recommended for all supervisors.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions available upon request. Contact Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 for information.

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Aerial Lift Safety

This training session covers the identification and control of hazards associated with the use and operation of aerial work platforms, scissor lifts, cherrypickers, boom lifts, bucket trucks and other personnel lifts.

Who Should Attend?

Any employee who operates or works in a personnel lift.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled quarterly. See the EHS Training Calendar for the next scheduled date or contact Kelly States at 258-2648 for more information.

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Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos may be present in many building materials installed prior to 1981. Employees receiving Asbestos Awareness Training are not permitted to work with asbestos, but may work in areas where asbestos containing materials (ACM) are present. This training is intended to promote awareness of where ACM might be present, the consequences (to both self and building occupants) of disturbing ACM, and proper work practices to minimize exposure when working near it.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all janitors and many Grounds & Building Maintenance staff. Appropriate for maintenance workers, housing inspectors, hardware support staff and any other interested employees who work in and around areas with ACM.

Schedule and Contact:

Regularly scheduled for janitors through Building Services and Grounds and Building Maintenance staff through GBM. General open sessions are scheduled each winter. Additional sessions available upon request. Contact Shaundree Davis at 258-6256 for information.

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Building Services Worker Seminar

This training is designed to provide Building Services staff with an overview of environmental health and safety issues as they relate to janitorial work. Building Services staff will gain a basic appreciation of the safety issues most frequently encountered in the varied working environment of the campus.

Topics covered during this training session include materials handling, electrical safety, personal protective equipment, asbestos awareness, hazard communication (chemical safety), bloodborne pathogens, slips, trips and falls, lockout/tagouts, and confined space awareness.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all Building Services employees.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled periodically through Building Services management. To request training, contact Otto Meilick in Building Services at 258-3490.

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Building Services Work in Science and Engineering Facilities

This seminar is designed to familiarize janitors working in laboratory buildings about special hazards, precautions, and procedures related to work in and around research laboratories. Janitors will learn how to identify areas where hazardous chemical, biological, or radioactive materials are used; the potential risk to the janitor, and procedures for conducting work or reporting incidents.

Topics include general lab safety, radioactive materials safety, biological safety, laser safety, laboratory waste disposal, and incident reporting.

Who Should Attend?

Building Services janitors regularly assigned to science and engineering buildings, including Bowen, E-Quad, Frick, Green, Guyot, Hoyt, Icahn, Jadwin, Lewis Thomas, Moffett, and Schultz Buildings.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled periodically through Building Services management. To request training, contact Brandon Chance at 258-7882.

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Computer Workstation Ergonomics

Anyone who uses a computer two hours or more per day may experience pain or discomfort in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, or back. Headaches and vision problems may also occur. Training includes a discussion of the various health effects, their causes, and prevention methods. Elements of the computer workstation are discussed, including furniture, keyboards, mouse, monitor position, accessories, and lighting, as well as exercises to help relieve discomfort.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who uses a computer two hours or more per day, and managers and supervisors of computer operators. Students are also encouraged to attend.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled upon request. Contact Kelly States at 258-2648.

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Confined Space Entry

This training session covers the identification of and hazards associated with confined spaces. Training includes a discussion of the OSHA Confined Space Standard; selection and use of protective materials and equipment; the duties of the confined space entrant, attendant and entry supervisor; and the requirements of the written permit system.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all employees who work in, or supervise entry into, confined spaces.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled quarterly. See the EHS Training Calendar for the next scheduled date or contact Kelly States at 258-2648 or Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 for more information.

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Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices

This training session covers the skills and technique necessary to safely work on or near exposed energized electrical circuits. Topics reviewed include the OSHA Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices standard, personal protective equipment, and selection and use of equipment.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all employees who work on or near exposed energized electrical circuits operating at 50 volts or more to ground. Individuals working with lower voltages or electrical equipment should attend Electrical Safety Training.

Schedule and Contact:

Can also be combined with Lockout/Tagout training. Contact Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 or Kelly States at 258-2648 to schedule a session for your department or group.

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Electrical Safety

This training session covers basic information about electricity and the hazards of electrical shock, including methods to prevent electrical hazards.

Who Should Attend?

Recommended for employees and students who work with electrical equipment, especially in laboratory environment. Individuals who work on or near exposed energized electrical circuits operating at 50 volts or more to ground must attend Electrical Safety - Related Work Practices training.

Schedule and Contact:

Electrical safety training is included in Laboratory Safety Training. You may also contact Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 or Kelly States at 258-2648 to schedule a special session for your department or group.

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Fall Protection

This training session covers the hazards associated with falling, the identification of fall hazards, and the use of fall protection systems. The requirements of OSHA's Fall Protection Standard are also discussed.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all employees who may work on elevated surfaces that are six feet or higher than their surroundings, and their supervisors.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled quarterly. See the EHS Training Calendar for the next scheduled date or contact Kelly States at 258-2648 or Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 for more information.

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Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers of various types and sizes are provided in all University buildings for emergency use only. Public Safety personnel are the only employees that are required to use fire extinguishers as part of their job duties, and only for incipient stage fires that can be safely handled without personal risk. All other employees and students must evacuate the building in case of fire. Any employees who wish to use extinguishers on incipient stage fires may only do so if they have been trained. This one-hour session includes a video and hands-on demonstration.

Who Should Attend?

Employees who wish to learn how to use fire extinguishers.

Schedule and Contact:

Training is scheduled only during fair weather, usually in Spring or Fall. Contact the University Fire Marshal (Public Safety), Scott Loh, at 258-7343.

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Initial Health & Safety Training for Food Service Personnel

This training is designed to provide Dining Services employees and other food-handling personnel with an overview of environmental health and safety issues as they relate to food service. Dining Services employees will gain a basic appreciation of the safety issues most frequently encountered in the various dining units on campus.

Topics covered during this training session include materials handling, electrical safety, working with knives and sharp objects, working with extreme temperatures, personal protective equipment, hazard communication (chemical safety), food protection and sanitation.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all Dining Services employees. Recommended for other personnel who handle food.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled periodically through Dining Services management. To request training, contact Kelly States at 258-2648.

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Forklift Safety (Powered Industrial Trucks)

This training session covers the identification and control of hazards associated with the use and operation of forklifts and other powered industrial trucks. A discussion of OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck standard is included.

Who Should Attend?

Initial training is mandatory for all employees who operate forklifts or other powered industrial trucks. Operators must also complete refresher training every three years. Recommended for supervisors of forklift operators.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled quarterly. See the EHS Training Calendar for the next scheduled date or contact Kelly States at 258-2648 or Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 for more information.

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Hoisting and Rigging Safety

This training session covers the identification and control of hazards associated with hoisting and rigging operations. Training includes a discussion of the OSHA Standards associated with material handling, the inspection and use of hoisting and rigging equipment, and the practical uses of the Journeyman Rigger's Reference Card.

Who Should Attend?

Recommended for employees whose work involves hoisting and rigging operations.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions scheduled upon request. Contact Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 for additional information.

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Housing Department Housekeeping Staff Seminar

This training is designed to provide housekeeping employees of the Housing Office with an overview of environmental health and safety issues as they relate to cleaning and maintenance work in the residential buildings on campus. Housekeeping staff will gain a basic appreciation of the safety issues most frequently encountered in the course of their work.

Topics covered during this training session include materials handling, electrical safety, personal protective equipment, asbestos awareness, hazard communication (chemical safety), bloodborne pathogens, slips, trips and falls, lockout/tagout, and confined space awareness.

Who Should Attend?

This session is mandatory for all housekeeping staff of the Housing Department.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled periodically through Housing Department management. To request a training session, contact Robin Izzo at 258-6259.

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Lockout/Tagout

This training session covers the requirements for lockout/tagout during servicing and maintenance of machines or equipment. Topics reviewed include the requirements of the OSHA Lockout/Tagout standard, procedures for the application of locks and tags, and a discussion of the types of energy that lockout/tagout is designed to control.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for employees who perform service or maintenance on machines and equipment and their supervisors. Recommended for building managers, project managers, and their supervisors.

Schedule and Contact:

Contact Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 or Kelly States at 258-2648 to schedule a special session for your department or group.

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Mail Handling Training

All University employees with bulk mail handling responsibilities must attend this one-time training. Bulk mail handling includes work with mail in bins, bags or other bulk containers, picked up or received either directly from the US Post Office or through the Campus Mail office, and distributing mail to an entire department or a number of offices.

The training covers general guidelines for handling mail, with emphasis on recognizing suspicious mail and the procedures to follow in the event that such mail is received.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for employees who handle bulk mail, as described above.

Schedule and Contact

Scheduled by appointment through Kelly States at 258-2648.

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New Maintenance Employee Training

Maintenance activities on campus may present a variety of hazards. This training is intended to brief new maintenance employees on the role of safety at the University and introduce them to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The training also briefs new employees on a variety of subject matter until they can attend full training sessions.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all new employees in Grounds and Buildings Maintenance, Energy Plant, Athletics Maintenance, OIT Desktop Support and Housing Superintendant staff.

Schedule and Contact

Sessions are scheduled quarterly. See the EHS Training Calendar for the next scheduled date or contact Kelly States at 258-2648 or Jacqueline Wagner at 258-1427 for more information.

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Noise and Hearing Conservation Training

All employees and students working in high noise areas must receive training annually, per the OSHA Noise Standard. This training session includes an overview of noise and its measurement, health hazards of noise, permissible noise levels, monitoring, audiometric testing, hearing protection, record keeping, and sources of noise.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for employees and students enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program, exposed to noise levels in excess of a time weighted average of 85 decibels.

Schedule and Contact:

Regularly scheduled each winter. Contact Shaundree Davis at 258-6256 to schedule a special session for your department or group.

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Outdoor Worker Training

Many University employees may work outdoors for prolonged periods of time as part of their job responsibilities. This training covers a discussion of the potential hazards of working outdoors including insect-borne diseases, insect bites and stings, exposures to poison plants and animals, sun exposure and severe weather.

Who Should Attend?

All employees who must work outdoors for prolonged periods of time as part of their job responsibilities.

Schedule and Contact:

Training is scheduled seasonally. See the EHS Training Calendar for upcoming sessions or contact Kelly States at 258-2648 for more information.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment includes all types of equipment used to increase individual safety while performing potentially hazardous tasks. This may include safety glasses, hard hats, gloves, lab coats, respirators, or any equipment used to protect against injury or illness. This session covers the selection, care, and use of personal protective equipment.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all employees who use any type of personal protective equipment.

Schedule and Contact:

This topic is covered in Hazard Communication Standard training and Laboratory Safety training. Additional training sessions are also available upon request. Contact Kelly States at 258-2648.

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Project Manager Training

This training is designed to provide Project Managers with an overview of environmental health and safety issues as they relate to the organization and management of construction or renovation projects. Project managers will gain a basic appreciation of the safety and regulatory issues most frequently encountered in the complex working environment of a construction site.

Topics covered during this training session include an introduction to OSHA, barricades, excavations, scaffolding, fall protection, hot work (including fire code permits), lockout/tagout, confined spaces, asbestos, lead paint, hazard communication, control of fugitive emissions, and work in science and engineering buildings.

Who Should Attend?

This session is intended for any employees involved in the management of construction or renovation projects.

Schedule and Contact:

Contact Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 to schedule a special session for your department or group.

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Safe Lifting and Materials Handling

Back pain and injuries related to lifting and materials handling are some of the most frequent types of injuries, both on and off the job. While some factors that contribute to the potential for injury cannot be controlled, others can be reduced or minimized. This one hour training session covers many of the causes of back pain and measure that can be taken to prevent it.

Who Should Attend?

This session is recommended for all employees who regularly handle materials or equipment.

Schedule and Contact:

Contact Greg Cantrell at 258-5849 to schedule a special session for your department or group.

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Seasonal Employee Training

Princeton University employs a number of seasonal employees, primarily throughout the summer months. This training is designed to provide seasonal employees with an overview of environmental health and safety issues that they might encounter in their work at Princeton.

Topics covered during this training session include emergency procedures, raising safety concerns, personal protective equipment, hazard communication, electrical safety, asbestos awareness, back care and safe lifting, prohibited activities, and noise and hearing conservation.

Who Should Attend?

This session is mandatory for all seasonal employees.

Schedule and Contact:

Sessions are scheduled periodically through Housing and Grounds and Building Maintenance Management. To request training, contact Kelly States at 258-2648.

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Chemical and Laboratory Safety

Chemical Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) - Awareness Level Training

This training is for employees, such as Public Safety Officers, who are likely to witness or discover an incident involving hazardous materials (such as a chemical spill or leak), but are not expected to be involved in actual clean-up. Topics include a review of Hazard Communication Standard training, recognition and identification of hazardous substances in an emergency, and how and when to notify appropriate authorities with this information.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for Public Safety Officers

Schedule and Contact:

Given annually to Public Safety Officers. Additional sessions will be given upon request. Contact Scott Loh at 258-7343 for information.

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Chemical Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) - First Responder - Operations Level Training

This training is for employees who respond or may come across chemical spills, but do not actually work in the laboratory or areas where the spill occurred, such as Chemical Hygiene Officers, Safety Managers, chemical stockroom personnel, and receiving room personnel. Training will include basic hazard and risk assessment techniques, selection and use of personal protective equipment, basic control and containment of chemical spills, basic decontamination procedures, and notification of appropriate authorities. This is an eight hour course which must be attended annually for those identified below.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for personnel who respond to spills outside their work area. Recommended for maintenance workers and other interested employees. Training for cleaning up spills within an individual's work area is available also - see Chemical Spill and Waste Procedures.

Schedule and Contact:

Annual training offered each fall. Additional sessions may be scheduled upon request. Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6271 for more information.

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Chemical Spill and Waste Procedures

This hands-on seminar is a continuation of the training received during the Laboratory Safety or Hazard Communication training, to learn more about cleaning up incidental chemical spills. This session covers how to develop spill control plans for the specific work area, a review of the types of spill control materials and personal protective equipment, and a review of the procedures for hazardous waste disposal. The session also includes a hands-on portion for spill cleanup techniques.

Who Should Attend?

This session is for employees and students who directly handle chemicals. Individuals who may be called upon to assist in clean-up of a spill outside their work areas must attend HAZWOPER First Responder Operations Level Training.

Schedule and Contact:

This seminar is given upon request. Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6259 to schedule a course for your department or group.

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Hazard Communication Training

All employees who work with hazardous chemicals must receive training to become knowledgeable about the potential hazards of the chemicals they use and how to properly handle these chemicals. This session provides general information about working with chemicals. More specific training must be provided by the supervisor or department in which each employee works. In this session, we will discuss the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, different sources of chemical safety information available to employees and students, and how to "decode" and use the information found in material safety data sheets (MSDSs). The session also includes an overview of the potential health and physical hazards of chemicals, how to use personal protective equipment, first aid for chemical exposures, handling flammable liquids and compressed gases, incidental spill clean-up, and hazardous waste disposal.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all non-laboratory employees who work in areas where hazardous chemicals are stored and used. Employees who work in laboratories must attend Laboratory Safety Training. Building Service, Housing, and Dining Services employees receive this training as part of their seminar series.

Schedule and Contact:

Open sessions are scheduled quarterly, and special sessions for a particular department or group may be scheduled upon request. Contact Shaundree Davis at 258-7882 for more information.

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Laboratory Safety Training

Any person who works in a laboratory must receive training to become knowledgeable about potential hazards in the laboratory. Laboratory workers must attend a general session given by EHS and receive additional, more specific training from their department and/or supervisor.

This training session covers the elements of the federal OSHA Laboratory Standard, references and resources, material safety data sheets (MSDS), personal protective equipment, fume hoods, chemical spill response, chemical waste disposal, flammable liquids, and compressed gases.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for employees and graduate students working in research laboratories. Recommended for undergraduates and support staff working in and around laboratories.

Schedule and Contact:

General sessions open to the campus community are offered monthly (see the Employee Learning Center for specific dates and times). A session may also be scheduled for your department or group. Contact Brandon Chance at 258-7882 for more information.

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Laboratory Safety for Support Staff

Support Staff, including technical and office support, are generally not expected to conduct work in the lab, but often visit or work near laboratories. This training is designed to familiarize non-laboratory staff about the variety of potential hazards in the lab, how to protect themselves and how to help laboratory workers in the event of an emergency. Topics include specific laboratory hazards, depending on the department or group; emergency procedures; laboratory ventilation; and general laboratory safety.

Who Should Attend?

Support staff working in science and engineering departments.

Schedule and Contact:

Contact Brandon Chance at 258-7882 to schedule a department-specific session.

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Laboratory Supervisor Training

This briefing reviews the responsibilities and University expectations of Principal Investigators and lab managers with supervisory responsibilities in the laboratory. The personal briefing includes an introduction to EHS; training requirements for laboratory workers; emergency preparedness, procedures and postings, personal protective equipment, lab inspections; pollution prevention and waste disposal; University policies; power issues; minors in the lab; particularly hazardous substances and processes; and other topics of interest.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for Principal Investigators, lab managers and technical staff assigned responsibilities for environmental, health or safety issues.

Schedule and Contact:

Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6271 to schedule a personal briefing.

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Laser Safety - General

The Laser Safety Program covers work with Class 2, Class 3, and Class 4 lasers. Individuals working with such lasers must attend training which includes: fundamentals or laser operation, biological effects of laser radiation on the eye and skin, non-radiation hazards (e.g. fire hazards, chemical exposure), classification of lasers and laser systems, and control measures and personal protective equipment. Individuals who work with or in close proximity to Class 3b or Class 4 lasers receive additional Laser Safety Training for High-Powered Lasers from EHS.

Who Should Attend?

Employees and students working within close proximity to Class 2, Class 3, or Class 4 lasers.

Schedule and Contact:

Included in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Safety Seminar series each fall. Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6271 to schedule additional sessions.

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Laser Safety - High Powered Lasers

Class 3b and 4 lasers have the potential for presenting a wide range of hazards, depending on the type of laser and how it is used. This session is a continuation of the General Laser Safety Training Session and focuses on the hazards of the particular laser(s) used in the laboratory.

The session is given in the individual laboratories, and includes a brief review of general laser safety principals, an evaluation of the lasers in use, a laser laboratory inspection, a review of personal protective equipment needed for the particular laser, and the calculation of maximum permissible exposure levels for eye and skin under all conditions of use.

Who Should Attend?

This session is highly recommended for all users of Class 3b and 4 lasers.

Schedule and Contact:

Scheduled on a lab by lab basis, upon request. Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6271 to schedule training for your lab group.

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Receiving Room Training

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require that individuals who handle and receive shipments of hazardous materials, including chemicals and radioactive materials, receive general and function-specific training. This training must be repeated at least every three years.

This training is usually given in two or three sessions, depending on the types of materials handled. Training includes Hazard Communication training, a review of DOT regulations regarding receipt of hazardous materials, safe lifting and materials handling, safe use of dockboards, radioactive materials receipt procedures, and a review of chemical and medical waste procedures.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all employees whose work includes receiving shipments of hazardous materials, including receiving room and stockroom personnel in science and engineering departments.

Schedule and Contact:

Scheduled every three years on a building by building basis. Additional sessions, particularly in the event of staffing changes are scheduled upon request. Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6271 or Sue Dupre at 258-6252 to schedule a session.

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Respirator User Training

All university personnel who are assigned respirators must receive training and be fit-tested annually. Topics reviewed in this session include an overview of the OSHA Respiratory Protection standard, respirator protection factors, proper use and care of a respirator and cartridges, respirator inspection and maintenance, and respirator limitations. All trainees will be fit-tested at this session.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory annual attendance for all employees and students who have been issued a respirator.

Schedule and Contact:

Most departments are regularly scheduled for annual training. For a special session or new respirator user, contact Shaurdree Davis at 258-6256 or Joan Hutzly at 258-6251.

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Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Training

Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) offer respiratory protection for environments where there is oxygen-deficiency, the concentration of air contaminants is unknown or in immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) environments.

Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units are available in E-Quad for researchers using particularly hazardous materials. Some examples of appropriate use of SCBA include changing out cylinders of highly toxic gases and for rescue purposes. No person may use an SCBA unless they have received training within the last 12 months and are enrolled in the Respiratory Protection Program.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory attendance (at least annually) for all employees and students who are expected to use SCBA.

Schedule and Contact:

Given by EHS every April and October for E-Quad researchers. For more information or to schedule a special session, contact Brandon Chance at 258-7882.

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Radiation Safety Training

Initial Radiation Safety Training in Laboratories Using Open Sources

All researchers working in a laboratory in which open sources of radioactive materials (i.e., any form that does not meet the definition of contained sources) are used must complete initial and refresher radiation safety training. The requirement applies to all researchers in an Authorized User's lab, even those who do not use radioactive materials and are not likely to enter the radioisotope area. It does not apply to laboratories in which only contained sources are used.

Radioisotope users must complete initial radiation safety training before beginning use of radioactive materials, and non-radioisotope users must complete training as promptly as is practicable. Training is divided into two components:

  • A set of web-based Radiation Basics modules with an accompanying test. Participants must successfully pass the Radiation Basics Test before attending the Radioactive Materials Safety. The Radiation Basics modules and test can be viewed any time at the Open Source Modules web page.
  • A Radioactive Materials Safety session.

    The two-hour Radioactive Materials Safety training is offered once a month (see the Training Calendar) for specific dates and times.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all researchers working in a laboratory in which open sources of radioactive materials are used. The requirement applies to all researchers in an Authorized User's lab, even those who do not use radioactive materials and are not likely to enter the radioisotope area. It does not apply to laboratories in which only contained sources are used.

Schedule and Contact:

The Radiation Basics modules and test can be view any time at the Open Source Modules web page. The two-hour Radioactive Materials Safety training is offered once a month (see the Training Calendar for specific dates and times), and special sessions may be scheduled upon request. Contact Sue Dupre at 258-6252 for additional information.

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Refresher Training for Open Source Radioisotope Users

All researchers working in a laboratory in which open sources of radioactive materials are used must attend annual refresher training. This refresher training is brief and generally reviews radioisotope incidents or other issues that have been a problem during the preceding year, as well as new regulations and programs.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all researchers in a laboratory in which open sources of radioactive materials are used. The requirement applies to all researchers in an Authorized User's lab, even those who do not use radioactive materials and are not likely to enter the radioisotope area. It does not apply to laboratories in which only contained sources are used.

Schedule and Contact:

Refresher training is generally scheduled during the winter and spring and occurs at meetings scheduled for each laboratory or group. Contact Sue Dupre at 258-6252 for additional information.

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Initial Radiation Safety Training for Contained Source Radioisotope Users

Contained sources consist of radioactive material this is either encased in metal or plastic or radioactive material that has been plated as a thin film onto metal or plastic (plated sources). Because the radioactivity is encapsulated or plated onto a surface, contained sources do not present a significant contamination hazard under normal conditions, but they may present a significant external exposure hazard, depending on the properties of the radioisotope or the amount of activity present.

Every person who plans to use contained sources, regardless of previous training and experience, must complete initial radiation safety training before beginning use of radioactive materials. Training consists of completing a set of web-based Contained Source Radiation Basics modules with an accompanying test. Participants must successfully pass the Contained Source Radiation Basics Test before handling contained sources.

This Contained Source Training requirement does not apply to persons who use the Gammacell-40 irradiator, for whom specific Gammacell-40 training is required. Contact Sue Dupre at 258-6252 for information about Gammacell-40 training.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all persons who plan to use radioactive materials in the form of contained sources at Princeton University.

Schedule and Contact:

The Radiation Basics modules and test can be viewed any time at the Contained Source Modules web page. Contact Sue Dupre at 258-6252 for additional information.

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Refresher Training for Contained Source Radioisotope Users

Users of Category B, C, and D contained sources are required to attend refresher training on a three-year interval. The training session will cover recent incidents as well as changes to the Contained Source Use Program. Sessions are typically held at lab group meetings for convenience.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all users of Category B, C, and D contained sources.

Schedule and Contact:

EHS will contact your lab group to schedule a short (~0.5 hour) training session on a three-year cycle. Contact Sue Dupre at 258-6252 for additional information.

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Researchers Using X-Ray Equipment

Analytical x-ray equipment such as x-ray diffraction machines can present a significant hazard to untrained personnel. This 60-minute training session provides information concerning biological effects of low energy x-ray exposure, radiation levels emitted by analytical x-ray equipment, dose limits, dosimetry, required safety features, safe operating procedures and survey instrumentation.

Who Should Attend?

Persons who have no previous x-ray diffraction experience and no related radiation safety training are required to attend an x-ray safety training session before first use of the equipment. Persons who have previous x-ray diffraction and related radiation safety training are required to meet briefly with the Radiation Safety Officer for a discussion of University x-ray safety requirements. Training for other types of x-ray equipment, other than electron microscopes, is required and is provided by EHS on an as-needed basis.

Schedule and Contact:

X-ray safety training is scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact Sue Dupre at 258-6252 to arrange training.

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Receiving Room Training

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require that individuals who handle and receive shipments of hazardous materials, including chemicals and radioactive materials, receive general and function-specific training. This training must be repeated at least every three years.

This training is usually given in two or three sessions, depending on the types of materials handled. Training includes Hazard Communication training, a review of DOT regulations regarding receipt of hazardous materials, safe lifting and materials handling, safe use of dock boards, radioactive materials receipt procedures, and a review of chemical and medical waste procedures.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all employees whose work includes receiving shipments of hazardous materials, including receiving room and stockroom personnel in science and engineering departments.

Schedule and Contact:

Scheduled every three years on a building by building basis. Additional sessions, particularly in the event of staffing changes are scheduled upon request. Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6271 or Sue Dupre at 258-6252 to schedule a session.

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Biological Safety and Sanitation Training

Animal Workers Health and Safety Training

This web-based training program and accompanying test are the initial elements of the required Occupational Health and Safety Program for all faculty, staff, and students who have contact with research animals. At the conclusion of the web training, the worker schedules a visit to Employee Health for medical review in order to complete entry into the OH&S Program. The web training program, Health and Safety for Animal Workers, can be viewed on-line at any time convenient to the worker, but the training and the subsequent medical review must be completed before work with research animals begins (entry into the animal facility will be denied until the training program and medical review are completed).

The training covers regulatory responsibilities, the OH&S Program, potential hazards and exposures when working with animals, antibiotics and controlled substances, allergies, decontamination and waste procedures, and zoonoses.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all faculty, staff, and students who plan to have contact with research animals.

Schedule and Contact:

The training program and test can be viewed and taken at any time at the Health and Safety for Animal Workers training web page. Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 258-5294, or the Managers of Laboratory Animal Resources in Molecular Biology (8-3679) or Phsychology (8-9193) for further information about the training or with animal care facility questions. Contact Peggy Henke at 258-5035 to make an appointment for medical review.

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Biosafety in the Laboratory Training

Biosafety in the Laboratory Training
This training is designed as an introduction to biosafety and covers: biosafety program elements; review and approval of research involving biohazards and recombinant DNA; risk assessment; biosafety levels; proper use of biological safety cabinets; disinfection; infectious waste disposal and response to exposures and spills.

Who Should Attend?

Attendance is required for lab staff who work with:

  • recombinant DNA that is not exempt from the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
  • biosafety level 2 material.

Schedule and Contact:

General sessions open to the campus community are offered monthly (see the Employee Learning Center for specific dates and times). A session may also be scheduled for your department or group. Contact Jacqueline Wagner at 258-1427 for more information.

 

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Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Training

Any person who handles blood or certain other body fluids as part of their job, or whose job responsibilities include activities that might expose them to such body fluids is required to understand the potential hazards of such exposure and receive Bloodborne Pahtogens training. This training, Protection Against Bloodborne Pathogens, is provided on-line via a web-based interactive program and must be completed before initial exposure on the job, and at least annually thereafter. Training is also required when there has been a change in job duties and responsibilities by which there is a potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

This training consists of a number of informational modules covering an explanation of the OSHA Standard, epidemiology and transmission of bloodborne pathogens, appropriate work practices, procedures, and measures to control exposure. The training modules are followed by a testing section, and the process concludes with registration in the Bloodborne Pathogens Program and the ability to request the Hepatitis B vaccination. Each training module offers the opportunity to e-mail any questions you may have and to receive a response by the end of the following day.


Who Needs to Complete This Training?

Mandatory for all employees, health aids, and janitorial staff in McCosh Health Center; Public Safety employees who are first responders to injury and/or illness incidents; employees acting as first responders as part of their job (CoGen, Library Access, and Museum Security staffs); laboratory investigators working with exposed blood, blood components, or any unfixed human tissue; and for other employees whose job responsibilities may expose them to such materials.

Training Location and Contact:

The on-line training can be found on the EHS Web Page Training under the dropdown QuickLinks, Bloodborne Pathogens Training. Contact Jacqueline Wagner at 258-1427 with any questions and for more information.


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Food Service Manager Sanitation Certification Training

This is a 16-hour course for food service managers on food protection and sanitation. Successful completion of this course provides State certification in Food Service Sanitation Management. The course includes the HACCP principles of food protection and the essentials of preventing food borne illness and providing good sanitary practices in the food service environment.

Who Should Attend?

All food service management staff.

Schedule and Contact:

Course is offered periodically when sufficient numbers of attendees are anticipated. Contact Jacqueline Wagner at 258-1427 for information on this course or other such courses currently being offered at other locations.

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Live Virus Workers Training

This web-based training program and accompanying test are the initial elements of the required Live Virus Worker Program for all faculty, staff, and students who work with live viruses as part of their research activities and lab responsibilities. At the conclusion of the web training, the worker schedules a visit to Employee Health for medical review, in order to complete entry into the Program. The Live Virus Worker Web Training program can be viewed on-line at a time convenient to the worker, but the training and the subsequent medical review must be completed before work with live viruses begins.

Who Should Attend?

Mandatory for all faculty, staff, and students who plan to work with live viruses.

Schedule and Contact:

The training and test can be viewed and taken at any time on the Live Virus Worker Training web page. Contact Jacqueline Wagner at 258-1427 for further information about the training. Contact Peggy Henke at 258-5035 to make an appointment for medical review.

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