EHRS Training: 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 and familiarizes the laboratory employee with the Chemical Hygiene Plan. For employees who have not previously attended Laboratory Safety at Penn. Required for all University employees who work in laboratories. October 3, 9:30 a.m., BRB II, Auditorium.

Introduction to Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens; significant information for employees who have not previously attended Bloodborne Pathogens training at Penn. Required for all Penn employees potentially exposed to human blood or blood products, human body fluids, and/or human tissue. October 11, 9:30 a.m., BRB II, Auditorium.

Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (In a clinical setting); required for all Penn 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. For employees who have not previously attended Bloodborne Pathogens training at Penn. It is available on-line at

Laboratory Safety--Annual Update; required annually for all laboratory employees who have previously attended Chemical Hygiene Training. Those who work with human source materials, HIV or hepatitis viruses must attend the Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens--Annual Update. October 5, 9:30 a.m., BRBII, Room 252, Laboratory.

Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens--Annual Update; required annually for all who work with human source material, HIV or hepatitis viruses and have previously attended Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. General laboratory safety and bloodborne pathogens are discussed. Participation in Laboratory Safety--Annual Update is not required if this program is attended. October 13, 9:30 a.m., BRBII, Auditorium.

Radiation Safety Training--New Worker; provides information on fundamental radiation concepts and requirements for the use, storage and disposal of radioactive materials at Penn. Personnel working in laboratories where radioactive materials are present are required to attend this training before beginning their work followed by annual attendance at the training program. Updates radioisotope users on current Radiation safety issues and practices. Required of all personnel who work in areas where radioisotopes are used or stored. Training can be completed on-line at under Radiation Safety.

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. Training can be completed on-line at under Radiation Safety.

Check EHRS web site for additional programs, dates and time or call Bob Leonzio at ( 215) 898-4453.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 5, September 26, 2000

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