Laboratory Safety (Chemical Hygiene Training): Provides a comprehensive introduction to laboratory safety practices and procedures at Penn and familiarizes the laboratory employee with the Chemical Hygiene Plan. This course is designed for employees who have not previously attended Laboratory Safety at the University. Required for all University employees who work in laboratories.
Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens: This course provides significant information for employees who have a potential exposure to human bloodborne pathogens. 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. Required for all University employees potentially exposed to human blood or blood products, human body fluids, and/or human tissue.
Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (in a clinical setting): Required for all University faculty and staff who have potential clinical exposures to blood and other human source material. It is intended for employees with direct patient contact, or those who handle clinical specimens, and administrators who routinely work in a clinical environment. Topics include: risks, protection, work practice controls and emergency procedures. This course is designed for employees who have not previously attended Bloodborne Pathogens training at the University.
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 PathogensAnnual Update (see course description).
Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens--Annual Update: This program is required annually for all faculty and staff who work with human source material, HIV or hepatitis viruses and have previously attended Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. Issues in general laboratory safety and bloodborne pathogens are discussed. Topics include bloodborne diseases, risk assessment, recommended work practices, engineering controls and personal protection as well as an update of waste disposal and emergency procedures. Participation in Laboratory SafetyAnnual Update is not required if this program is attended.
Attendees are requested to bring their PENNcards to facilitate course sign in. Additional programs will be offered on a monthly basis during the fall. Check OEHS web site (http://www.oehs.upenn.edu) for dates and time.
If you have any questions, please call Bob Leonzio at 898-4453.
The Exposure Control Plan includes recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reducing the risk of tuberculosis transmission in health care settings. It also establishes practices and procedures to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
The updated plan must be readily accessible in the workplace to all employees who work with human source materials and other potentially infectious materials that may transmit bloodborne diseases. This includes but is not limited to Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, non-A non-B hepatitis virus(es), Human T-cell Lymphotrophic Virus type I, syphilis, malaria, babesia, brucella, leptospira, arboviruses, relapsing fever, Creutzsfeld-Jakob Disease agent and viral hemorrhagic fever.
8. Be on the alert when handling pressurized containers. Superheated liquids may spurt from closed containers. Never seal a liquid container with a cork or stopper. This could cause an explosion inside the autoclave.
Autoclaves should be placed under preventive maintenance contracts to ensure they are operating properly. If you have any questions about maintenance and use of autoclaves, please contact OEHS at 898-4453, email: email@example.com.
Volume 43 Number 2
September 3, 1996
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