Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Training Program Schedule: October

The following training programs are required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (DEP), for all employees who work with hazardous substances including: chemicals, human blood, blood products, fluids, and human tissue specimens and radioactive materials. These programs are presented by the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS). Attendance is required at one or more session, depending upon the employee's potential exposures.

Introduction to Laboratory Safety at Penn (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. October 5, 9:30 a.m., BRB II, Auditorium.

Introduction to Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens This course provides significant information for lab employees who have not previously attended Bloodborne Pathogens training at the University and have an potential exposure to human bloodborne pathogens. Course oriented toward research laboratory exposures. October 12, 9:30 a.m., BRB II, Auditorium.

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. Registration is required for this course; call (215) 898-4453. October 20, 9:30 a.m., 104 Logan Hall.

Laboratory Safety: Annual Update Required annually for all laboratory employees who are not exposed to human source material. Faculty and staff who work with human source material, HIV or hepatitis viruses must attend Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens: Annual Update. October 7, 9:30 a.m., BRB II, Auditorium.

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. Participation in Laboratory Safety: Annual Update is not required if this program is attended. October 14, 9:30 a.m., BRB II, Auditorium.

Radiation Safety Training: New Worker Required of all personnel working in laboratories where radioactive materials are present. Training can be completed on-line at www.ehrs.upenn.edu, under Radiation Safety Programs, Training for Credit, or October 21, 3 p.m., EHRS conference room.

Radiation Safety Training: Irradiator Users Individuals interested in becoming authorized to use an irradiator must first receive operational training from the irradiator licensee and radiation safety training from EHRS. October 20, 10:30 a.m., 1412 Blockley Hall.

Radiation Safety Training: Annual Update This program updates radioisotope users on current radiation safety issues and practices. It is required of all personnel who work in areas where radioisotopes are used or stored. October 7 and October 14, 10:30 a.m., BRBII, Auditorium.

Check EHRS web site, www.ehrs.upenn.edu for additional programs, dates and times. If you have any questions, please call Bob Leonzio at (215) 898-4453.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 6, October 5, 1999