Environmental Health & Radiation Safety
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
employees' potential exposures.
- Introduction to Laboratory Safety at Penn (Chemical Hygiene Training);
March 7, 9:30 a.m., rm. 251, BRB II/III.
- Introduction to Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens; March
14, 9:30 a.m., rm. 253, BRB II/III.
- Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (In a clinical
setting); registration is required, call (215) 898-4453; March 22, 9:30
a.m., 1412 Blockley Hall.
- Laboratory Safety--Annual Update; March 9, 9:30 a.m. rm. 252,
- Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens--Annual Update; March
16, 9:30 a.m., rm. 252, BRBII/III.
- Radiation Safety Training--New Worker; required of all personnel
working in laboratories where radioactive materials are present. March
16, 3 p.m., EHRS conference room. Training can be completed on-line.
- Radiation Safety Training--Irradiator Users; March 15, 10:30
a.m.,1412 Blockley Hall.
- Radiation Safety Training--Annual Update; March 9 and 16, 10:30
a.m., rm. 252, BRBII/III.
Check EHRS web site www.ehrs.upenn.edu
for additional programs, dates and time. If you have any questions, please
call Bob Leonzio at (215) 898-4453.
Laser Safety Training
The Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) is
conducting Laser Safety Training on March 29, in room 1433 Blockley Hall
from 10-11:30 a.m. The seminar is for all faculty, staff and students who
use lasers in their research and have not previously attended the University's
laser safety training program. Topics to be discussed include user responsibilities,
medical surveillance, and recommended work practices.
Laser safety training is one element of the University's laser safety
program. The program also includes a laser safety manual, a laser registry,
signage, medical surveillance, and laboratory audits. All laser users should
have a copy of the University Laser Safety Manual. To get a copy
of the manual, contact EHRS at (215) 898-4453 or consult the EHRS web site
Principal investigators must complete a Laser Registry form listing
the location and type of laser(s) they are using along with the names of
all users. A copy of the form is attached to the Laser Safety Manual.
Warning signs are required on all lasers and on doors to areas in which
lasers are used. Upon request EHRS will issue door signs specified by the
ANSI standard Z136.1.
A medical surveillance program has been established for faculty and
staff that use Class 3B and Class 4 lasers. The Ophthalmology Department
at HUP conducts ocular examinations in order to establish a baseline for
each user's eyes. To be eligible for the program, Principal Investigators
must complete the laser registry form and return it to EHRS.
If you would like to sign up for the training or if have any questions,
please contact Laura Peller at (215) 898-4453 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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