Environmental Health & Radiation Safety

Training: March

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, BRBII/III.
  • 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 at www.ehrs.upenn.edu.

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 laura@ehrs.upenn.edu.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 24, March 7, 2000

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