OEHRS: Employee Safety Training in July

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, bloodproducts, 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. July 8, 10:30 a.m., John Morgan, Auditorium.

Introduction to 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. July 14, 10:30 a.m., John Morgan, 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. 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. July 22, 9:30 a.m., 214 Nursing Education Bldg. *Registration is required for this course. Please call Bob Leonzio 898-4453.

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). July 9, 10:30 a.m., John Morgan, 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. 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 Safety--Annual Update is not required if this program is attended. July 15, 10:30 a.m., John Morgan, Auditorium.

Radiation Safety Training. Personnel working in labs where radioactive materials are used or stored are required to attend radiation safety training before beginning work and annually thereafter. New workers may attend the training session listed below or receive training via our website (www.rso.upenn.edu). The Radiation Safety--Annual Update schedule is posted on the website under calendar. July 9, and July 15,11:30 a.m., John Morgan, Auditorium.

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 EHRS web site (http://www.oehs. upenn.edu) for dates and time. If you have any questions, please call Bob Leonzio at 898-4453.


Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 35, June 16, 1998

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