Safety Training Course Guide

 


Biological Safety


  1. Advanced Biological Safety - W005BO

  • This course is recommended for individuals working with organisms that would be classified as BSL2 or higher.
  • Audience: Personnel working with organisms that present a higher hazard level to themselves or others, e.g., viral vectors, BSL2 and higher organisms. 
  1. Basic Biological Safety - W004BO

  • This course is required initially and recommended annually.
  • Audience: Lab personnel who work with biological materials.
  1. Biological Safety Cabinets - W520BO

  • EHS training course is recommended initially and annually for the indicated audience.
  • Audience: Individuals who handle biological agents in a research lab or other work area and use a biological safety cabinet (tissue culture hood) to limit exposure to potentially infectious agents and/or for product protection.  The course is also recommended for individuals using a clean bench in order to explain the limitations of the equipment.
  1. Bloodborne Pathogens, CPH - W518BO

  • This course is required initially for at risk workers.
  • Audience: Individuals in the College of Public Health at risk for BBP exposure.
  1. Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) for FM, Housing & Dining Employees - W518BO

  • This course is designed for Facilities Management and University Housing and Dining Employees that are listed as 'at risk' to bloodborne pathogens. 
  • Audience: It is required for all at risk employees initially and refresher training must be completed annually thereafter.
  1. Bloodborne Pathogens, Lab - W003BO

  • EHS generic training required initially for at risk workers. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: Lab workers at risk for BBP exposure, e.g., work with human blood, cell lines, tissues or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), as defined by OSHA.
  1. Bloodborne Pathogens, Non-Lab - W131BO

  • EHS generic training course is required initially for at risk workers. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: Non-lab workers at risk for BBP exposure, e.g., staff who may come into contact with human blood (DPS staff, athletic trainers), clean up areas having blood splatter, transport biohazardous waste, etc.
  1. Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher - W132BO

  • EHS generic training course is required annually for at risk workers. May not be used as initial training course; please refer to Bloodborne Pathogens for College of Public Health or Bloodborne Pathogens for Lab Workers as appropriate for your area.
  • Audience: Lab workers or individuals in the College of Public Health at risk for Bloodborne Pathogen exposure.
  1. rDNA Research, NIH Guidelines - W137BO

  • This course is required initially for the indicated audience.
  • Audience: All staff (Principal Investigators, research assistants and students) involved in research utilizing recombinant DNA or recombinant organisms.
  1. Shipping with Dry Ice - W052BO

  • This course is required initially and every two years, or whenever significant regulatory changes occur. A record of the Employee Training and Certification for this course can be found in the Course Content of this training site.
  • Audience: Individuals shipping with dry ice as the only hazardous material.
  1. Shipping Infectious Substances - W009BO

  • This course is required initially and every two years, or with significant regulatory change. A record of the
  • Employee Training and Certification for this course can be found in the Course Content of this training site.
  • Audience: Individuals shipping dry ice, diagnostic specimens, and/or infectious material.
  1. Stem Cell Research - W481BO

  • This course is required initially.
  • Audience: Staff (including Principal Investigators) involved in research utilizing human embryonic stem cells.
  1. Toxins, Select Agent Quantity - W006BO

  • This course is required initially and recommended annually.
  • Audience: Principal investigators and lab personnel working with exempt quantities of select agent toxins, e.g., tetrodotoxin, conotoxin, botulinum toxin, etc.

Chemical Safety


  1. Chemical Inventory Program - (eLearning not available)

  • Classroom or one-on-one training. Call Rachelle Justice at 353-4692.
  • EHS generic training offered and recommended initially. Refresher available.
  • Audience: Persons who store chemicals in their workplace.
  1. Chemical Fume Hoods - W485CM

  • EHS training course is recommended initially and annually for the indicated audience.
  • Audience: Individuals who handle chemicals in a research lab or other work area and use a chemical fume hood to limit exposure to hazardous chemical vapors, gases, fumes, aerosols or other particles.
  1. Chemical Storage Safety - W126CM

  • EHS training course is recommend initially and annually.
  • Audience: Persons who work with and/or store chemicals in research labs.
  1. Compressed Gas Safety - W018CM

  • EHS generic training course is recommended initially and annually.
  • Audience: Person working with or exposed to hazards from compressed gasses.
  1. Controlled Substances in Research - W501CM

  • This course is recommended for personnel who use controlled substances in their research.
  • Audience: Personnel who use or plan to use controlled substances as part of their research.
  1. Formaldehyde Safety - W470CM

  • Required initially for individuals who are or may be exposed to formaldehyde or formaldehyde-containing materials.  Required annually for individuals who are exposed to formaldehyde at a concentration of 0.1 ppm or above as determined by exposure monitoring. Contact EHS with questions regarding monitoring.
  • Audience: Persons who work with formaldehyde gas, solutions or materials that release formaldehyde (such as paraformaldehyde).
  1. Lab Chemical Safety - W008CM

  • EHS generic training course is required initially and recommended annually. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: Persons who work with chemicals in research labs.
  1. Nanomaterials Research Safety - W491CM

  • This course is recommended for individuals working with nanomaterials in the university research laboratories.
  • Audience: Personnel working with nanomaterials that present a higher hazard level to them or others, e.g., carbon nanotubes, nanofibers, and metal and metal oxide nanoparticles can diffuse through the respiratory system and can potentially translocate to different parts of the body.
  1. PPE Awareness for Labs - W157CM

  • EHS generic training  course is required initially and recommended annually. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area.
  • Audience: Personnel using gloves, goggles, safety glasses and other protective apparel.
  1. Spill Preparedness Response - W142CM

  • EHS training course is recommended initially and annually.
  • Audience: Persons who use hazardous materials (chemicals, radioactive materials, biological materials) in their workplace.

Occupational Safety


  1. Aerial Lifts - W516OS

  • This course is required one time initially for individuals who will operate aerial lifts.
  • Individuals should be retrained if an accident occurs during aerial lift use, if the operator is observed operating the aerial lift improperly, if workplace hazards involving an aerial lift are discovered, or if a different type of aerial lift is used.
  1. Asbestos Awareness - W508OS

  • This course is required initially and annually for employees that work in locations where asbestos containing materials are present but the employees are not specifically authorized to disturb the materials.
  • Typical occupational groups include housekeeping, custodians, and personnel.
  • This course is required one time for University department managers that supervise areas with asbestos containing materials.
  1. Confine Space Reclass Alt Entry - W508OS
        (Confined Space Reclassifying/Alternate Entry)

  • This course provides basic information for University employees that have been assigned a task requiring entry into an OSHA-defined confined space using the University's "Elimination Entry" or "Elimination with Ventilation Entry" procedure. In addition to this online course, authorization for entry and site specific training is required from the department.
  • Audience: Required annual training for University employees entering confined spaces defined by OSHA as reclassified spaces or alternate entry to a permit-hazard confined space.
  1. Confined Space Prohibited - W498OS

  • This course provides basic information on what makes a confining space on OSHA permit-required confined space and how prohibiting entry to the space is one way to manage these spaces.
  • Audience: Required initial training for University employees who have Prohibited Entry spaces in their workplace. Retraining is required by the supervisor if the space changes or if the employee lacks understanding. 
  1. Electrical Safety - W517OS

  • This course provides awareness level information on the common hazards and safe work practices of working on and around electricity.
  • Anyone who  works on or around electricity should complete this course. This course does not certify individuals as qualified workers - additional training at your workplace is required.
  1. Ergonomics, Back Safety - W455OS

  • This course provides basic information on lifting techniques and factors involved in back injuries. Recommended initially.
  • Audience: Personnel who lift, carry or move materials/boxes in the course of their work.
  1. Ergonomics, Computer Use - W006OS

  • Generic course is recommended initially and annually.
  • Audience: Persons at computer work stations.
  1. Fall Protection - W188OS

  • This course or equivalent is required annually for work at elevated heights. Course provides basic information on hazards and protective systems used for fall protection. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: Personnel performing work at elevated heights ranging 4 to 6 feet and more.
  1. Fire Extinguisher - W160OS

  • Recommended for all University employees. (This information is also included in the Hands-on Training. Call 335-5125 for training dates and locations.)
  1. Forklifts - W057OS

  • This course or equivalent is required initially and every 3 years. This course covers basic requirements for forklift use. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: Personnel who operate forklifts (or powered industrial trucks).
  1. GHS Labels and SDSs  - W503OS

  • This training will no longer be available as of January 1, 2015. Refer to W
  1. Hand Safety - W514OS

  • This course describes common hazards and safe work practices of working with tools and basic hand safety.
  • Audience: It is recommended one time for employees such as custodians, maintenance personnel, electricians, mechanics, artists, and engineers who frequently wear gloves.
  1. HazCom  with GHS - Coming in 2015

  • EHS generic training course is required initially.
  • To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: Personnel using chemicals in areas other than labs.
  1. Hearing Conservation - W190OS

  • This EHS course is for employees that are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels, and is to be taken annually.
  • Audience: Personnel enrolled in workplace hearing conservation programs.
  1. Indoor Cranes - W515OS

  • This course is required one time initially for individuals who will operate indoor cranes.
  • Workers should be retrained if an accident occurs during crane use, if the operator is observed operating the craneimproperly, if workplace hazards involving a crane are discovered, or if a different type of crane will be used.
  1. Ladders - W040OS

  • A basic information course on hazards and safe use of ladders. Recommended initially.
  • Audience: Personnel using ladders.
  1. Lead Safety Awareness - W020OS

  • Generic course required initially and recommended annually.
  • Audience: Individuals who work where they may be exposed to lead or lead dust.
  1. Lockout/Tagout Safety - W064OS

  • This course or equivalent is required initially. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information about your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer. Retraining is required is a change occurs in job assignment, procedures, machines, or equipment, or if a process presents a new hazard.  
  • Audience: Individuals who supervise or perform lockouts, and individuals whose work is affected by the lockout.
  1. Machine Guarding - W051OS

  • Generic course required initially and recommended annually. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: Individuals working with stationary machines.
  1. Office Safety - W143OS

  • This course is recommended initially for all UI staff in administrative areas.
  • Audience: Individuals working in offices or other administrative type settings.
  1. PPE Awareness For Operations, Facilities, and Academic Departments - W156OS

  • This course is required one time initially for individuals who use PPE.
  • Workers should be retrained if an accident occurs, or  if the employee  is observed using PPE improperly, if workplace hazards involving  PPE  are discovered, or if a different type of PPE  is used.  Some PPE requires a separate course such as hearing protection and respirators.
  1. Pandemic Influenza Dust Mask - W451OS

  • EHS Respirator Training course or equivalent is required prior to initial use of respirator for pandemic influenza protection and then annually for duration of pandemic events.
  • Audience: University employees required to wear this type of air purifying respirator at work for protection from airborne exposure to the influenza virus during a pandemic outbreak.
  1. Respirator: Dust Mask - W141OS

  • EHS Respirator Training course or equivalent is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: University employees required to wear an air purifying respirator for protection from overexposure to an air contaminant at work.
  1. Respirator: PAPR Hood or Helmet - W139OS

  • EHS Respirator Training course or equivalent is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: University employees required to wear this type of air purifying respirator for protection from overexposure to an air contaminant at work.
  1. Respirator: PAPR Tight Fit Facepiece - W140OS

  • EHS Respirator Training course or equivalent is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: University employees required to wear this type of air purifying respirator for protection from overexposure to an air contaminant at work.
  1. Respirator: Tight Fit Facepiece - W138OS

  • EHS Respirator Training course or equivalent is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: University employees required to wear this type of air purifying respirator for protection from overexposure to an air contaminant to work.
  1. Respirator: Voluntary Use - W050OS

  • EHS generic training course is required initially and recommended annually.
  • Audience: Individuals who “voluntarily” (with permission of their departments) wear masks or respirators when not required by OSHA regulations.
  1. Safety Leadership - W519OS

  • This course is a thought-provoking guide on how every person can take initiative to be a leader and take responsibility to make sure accidents do not happen so we can have a zero accident workplace. The focus is on qualities of a leader, trust, and building the expectation of zero accidents in job performance.
  • Audience: All employees.  Recommended initially and every three years.
  1. Safety Procedures for UI - W519OS

  • This course has been replaced with "Office Safety"

  1. Tool Safety - W154OS

  • This course provides awareness information on hazards of different types of tools and precautions for using them safely. Each department also has procedures and training specific to the operations in the employee's workplace.
  • Audience: Individuals working in shops, utilities, operations and maintenance, and any other work location where hand and portable power tools, including abrasive grinders, are used on the job.
  1. Walking and Working Surfaces - W192OS

  • Course on hazards of working surfaces such as floors, walkways, stairs and ramps, and preventive measures for slips, trips and falls.
  • Audience: Recommended for employees in all departments. Required in operations departments.
  1. Welding and Cutting - W193OS

  • Generic course on welding and cutting hazards and controls. Required initially and recommended annually. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: Employees operating welding and cutting equipment.

Radiation & Laser Safety


  1. Analytical X-ray Equipment - W025RD

  • EHS training course is required initially and recommended annually.
  • Audience: Operators of analytical X-ray units.
  1. Bone Densitometer Operator - W034RD

  • EHS training is required initially and recommended annually. Operator training also required prior to an individual using DEXA units.
  • Audience: Personnel operating DEXA units.
  1. Electron Capture Detector

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Individuals using gas chromatographs equipped with ECDs.
  1. Laser Safety, Research

  • EHS training course is required initially and recommended annually for users of Class 3b and 4 lasers. Operator training or state license may be required prior to operating research or lab-built lasers. Call 335-8503 for more information.
  • Audience: Researchers who use Class 3b or 4 lasers.
  1. Laser Safety, UIHC

  • Training course is required initially and recommended annually for users of Class 3b and 4 lasers. Operator training or state license may be required prior to operating medical lasers. Call 335-8503 for the training CD or any other information.
  • Audience: UIHC personnel who use Class 3b or 4 lasers.
  1. Nuclear Medicine Staff

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Individuals working in Nuc Med and who provide patient care.
  1. P.E.T. Imaging Staff

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Individuals working in the PET facility who provide patient care.
  1. Radiation Safety, Basic

  • EHS training course is required initially.
  • Audience: Users of RAM in non-human research.
  1. Radiation Safety, Refresher

  • EHS generic training is required annually.
  1. Rad Safety CS Staff

  • EHS training course is required initially and recommended annually.
  • Audience: Central Sterilizing and O.R. Sterilizing Staff who may receive radioactive material for sterilization.
  1. Rad Safety CRC Staff

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Persons caring for Brachytherapy or radiopharmaceutical therapy patients.
  1. Radioactive Materials Shipping

  • EHS training course is required initially and every three years or whenever changes occur in the regulations.
  • Audience: Individuals who are involved in the shipping radioactive materials.
  1. Radiation Oncology Staff

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Individuals who provide care for Brachytherapy patients.
  1. Radiation Safety for FM Staff

  • EHS training course is recommended initially and annually.
  • Audience: Facilities Management staff entering radioactive materials and radiation areas.
  1. Rad Safety 3JPP Staff

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Persons caring for Brachytherapy or radiopharmaceutical therapy patients.
  1. Rad Safety 3RCP Staff

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually and covers the basic radiation safety precautions and procedures to follow when providing in-patient care for prostate and eye plaque brachytherapy patients.
  • Audience: Nursing and ancillary staff assigned to 3RCP who are involved in care of prostate or eye plaque brachytherapy patients.
  1. SAIC Radiation Safety

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Small Animal Imaging Core staff that work with radioactive material. 
  1. Sealed Source Radiation Staff - Intermediate & Advanced Physics Labs

  • EHS training course is required initially and annually. Audience: Van Allen Hall sealed sources users.
  1. UIHC Radiation Awareness

  • This EHS training course is recommended for the audiences listed below.
  • Audience: Hospital Safety and Security Staff, Hospital Housekeeping and other personnel who do not work with x-ray machines or radioactive material, but encounter these items in their normal duties.
  • Audience: Hospital Safety and Security Staff - recommended initially and annually.
  1. X-ray Safety, General

  • EHS training is required initially and annually (for any staff that has received a deep dose of 100 mrem or greater during the calendar year.
  • Audience: Operators of diagnostic X-ray machines.
  1. X-ray Safety, Limited

  • EHS training is required initially and annually (for any staff that has received a deep dose of 100 mrem or greater during the previous calendar year).
  • Audience: This training is specific to Community Medical Service Clinic staff and certain research users of diagnostic x-rays.
  1. X-ray Safety, Fluoroscopy Users

  • EHS training is required for initially and for any staff with a radiation dose of 100mrem or more during the preceding calendar year.
  • Audience: This course is intended for non-Radiology UIHC staff who works with x-ray fluoroscopy equipment.  This includes physicians, nurses, medical technologists, medical assistants, anesthesiologists, etc.
  1. Y-90 Microspheres Radiation Safety

  • Y-90 microspheres training course is required initially only.
  • Audience: This course is intended for staff who provides care for patients receiving Y-90 microspheres therapy. This includes nurses, physicians and other medical staff.

Waste/Environmental


  1. Hazardous Waste Management for Labs

  • EHS training is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Personnel who manage hazardous chemical waste that is generated in lab settings.
  1. Hazardous Waste Management for Non-Labs

  • EHS training is required initially and annually.
  • Audience: Personnel who manage hazardous chemical waste that is generated in non-lab areas.
  1. Radioactive Waste Management

  • Recommended as a refresher course after Basic Radiation Safety Training completed.
  • Audience: Persons generating radioactive waste in labs.
  1. SPCC: Oil Spill Prevention

  • Training is required initially and annually. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Site-Specific Training checklist located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
  • Audience: All personnel subject to SPCC that use, store and transfer oils.
  1. Universal Waste Management

  • Training on proper handling of universal waste is required initially.
  • Audience: All employees who handle or have responsibility for managing universal waste batteries, lamps or mercury containing equipment must complete this course.

VAMC Training Courses


1. Annual Radiation Safety Refresher
2. Basic Radiation Safety
3. rDNA Research, NIH Guidelines


Other Misc. Courses  

Air-Mate High Efficiency Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)

  • Prepared by UIHC Safety/Security and Infectious Control Training to be used on an emergency basis for staff required to respond to a pandemic incident such as avian flu.