Training

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Online Refresher or Web-based Training
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Chemical and Laboratory Safety Training

  • Fire Extinguisher Training

    This training is designed to give a brief overview of the types of fire extinguishers and how to properly use a fire extinguisher. It is followed by an opportunity to practice the use of an extinguisher on a live, controlled fire.

    This training is arranged on an "as needed" basis. To arrange a training, please contact Karalyn_Humphrey@baylor.edu.

    Who Should Attend?

    This training is for all employees and student researchers who work in areas where there are flammable materials in use.

  • 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 ((M)SDSs). 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 and incidental spill clean-up.

    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.

  • Laboratory Safety Training for Faculty and Staff

    This briefing reviews the responsibilities and University expectations of Principal Investigators and lab managers with supervisory responsibilities in the laboratory. This 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; 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.

  • Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers

    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 ((M)SDS), personal protective equipment, fume hoods, chemical spill response, flammable liquids and compressed gases.

    Who Should Attend?

    Mandatory for employees, graduate students and undergraduate researchers working in research laboratories.

  • Laboratory Safety Training for Undergraduate Students

    Any person who is enrolled in a laboratory course must receive training to become knowledgeable about potential hazards in the laboratory. Laboratory workers must attend an initial general session given by laboratory instructors and they will receive additional, more specific training and experimental procedures pertinent to the planned experiments throughout the semester.

    This training covers potential hazards in the laboratory, how to protect themselves with proper personal protective equipment (PPE), emergency procedures and general laboratory safety and continues through the semester.

    Who Should Attend?

    Mandatory for undergraduate students enrolled in a teaching laboratory course.

  • Laboratory Waste Management Training

    This training is a continuation of the training received during the Laboratory Safety or Hazard Communication training, to learn more about the management of laboratory waste. This session covers how to make and document hazardous waste stream determinations and a review of the procedures for hazardous waste disposal.

    Who Should Attend?

    This session is for employees and student researchers who will be working in areas that generate laboratory waste.

  • Materials Shipping and Receiving Training

    U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require that individuals who handle, ship 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, radioactive materials receipt procedures, and a review of chemical and medical waste procedures.

    Who Should Attend?

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

  • 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?

    A mandatory annual fit test is required for all employees and students who have been issued a respirator.


Radiation Safety Training

  • Laser Safety - High Powered Lasers

    Required Documents: Laser Training Form and Laser Training Supplement

    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 of Laser Safety Training 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 required for all users of Class 3b and 4 lasers.

  • Certified Radiation Safety Training in Laboratories Using Licensed Sources

    All researchers working in a laboratory in which licensed sources of radioactive materials 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 exempt contained sources are used.

    Radioisotope users must complete initial radiation safety training before beginning use of radioactive materials.

    The two to four hour Radioactive Materials Safety training is offered upon request.

    Who Should Attend?

    Mandatory for all researchers working in a laboratory in which licensed 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 exempt contained sources are used.

  • Refresher Training for Licensed Source Radioisotope Users

    All researchers working in a laboratory in which licensed 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 licensed 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 exempt contained sources are used.

  • X-Ray Safety Training

    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 at Baylor University are required to attend an x-ray safety training session before first use of the equipment. Training for other types of x-ray equipment, other than electron microscopes, is required and is provided by EHS on an as-needed basis.

    X-ray safety training is scheduled on an as-needed basis.


Biosafety in the Laboratory 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 a 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.

  • 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 Pathogens training. This training, Protection Against Bloodborne Pathogens, 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 covers an explanation of the OSHA Standard, epidemiology and transmission of bloodborne pathogens, appropriate work practices, procedures, and measures to control exposure. The training concludes with registration in the Bloodborne Pathogens Program and the ability to request the Hepatitis B vaccination.

    Who Should Attend?

    Mandatory for all employees; Public Safety employees who are first responders to injury and/or illness incidents; employees acting as first responders as part of their job; 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.


Coming Soon

  • 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.