Environmental Health and Safety Training Programs

The following training programs are required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for all employees who work with hazardous substances including: chemicals, human blood, blood products, fluids, or human tissue specimens. These programs are presented by the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS). Attendance is required at one or more sessions, depending upon the employee's potential exposures.

Introduction to Laboratory Safety at Penn (Chemical Hygiene Training)
Required for all University employees who work in laboratories. Provides a comprehensive introduction to laboratory safety practices and procedures at Penn and familiarizes the laboratory employee with the Chemical Hygiene Plan. Topics include safe work practices, protective equipment, waste disposal procedures, resources, and emergency procedures. This course is designed for employees who have not previously attended Laboratory Safety or Chemical Hygiene Training at the University.
June 27, 1:30 -2:30 pm, John Morgan, Class of 1962.

Introduction to Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
Required for all University faculty and staff who are potentially exposed to human source material, human blood or blood products, human body fluids, and/or human tissue. Topics include a discussion of the Exposure Control Plan, free Hepatitis B vaccination, recommended work practices, engineering controls and emergency response This course is designed for employees who have not previously attended Bloodborne Pathogens training at the University.
June 25, 10:30 -11:30 am, Austrian Auditorium.

Laboratory Safety Annual Update
This program is required annually for all laboratory employees who have previously attended "Chemical Hygiene Training". Topics include chemical risk assessment, recommended work practices, engineering controls and personal protection as well as an update of waste disposal and emergency procedures. Faculty and staff who work with human source materials, HIV or hepatitis viruses must attend the "Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens--Annual Update" (see course description on OEHS web page).
June 20, 10:30-11:30 am, John Morgan, Lecture Room B.

Attendees are requested to bring their Penn ID cards to facilitate course sign in. These programs are offered monthly. Dates are published in Almanac and are available on the OEHS web site (http://www.oehs.upenn.edu).

Also on-line are the OEHS's Lab Safety Manual and some other commonly-requested materials concerning asbestos management, biosafety, chemical and laser safety, chemical spill response, environmental audits and assessments, ergonomics assessments, hazardous materials disposal, laboratory audits, preconstruction safety design review, recombinant DNA, and respiratory protection.

If you have any questions, please call Bob Leonzio at 898-4453.


Volume 42 Number 34
June 18, 1996

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