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. January 9, 1:30
p.m., CRB, Austrian 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. Designed for employees
who have not previously attended Bloodborne Pathogens training at
Penn. Required for all University employees potentially exposed to human
blood or blood products, human body fluids, and/or human tissue. January
16, 1:30 p.m., CRB, Austrian 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.
Designed for employees who have not previously attended Bloodborne
Pathogens training at Penn. It is available on-line.
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. January 11, 1:30 p.m.,
CRB, Austrian Auditorium.
Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens--Annual Update; 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. 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. January 18, 1:30 p.m., CRB, Austrian Auditorium.
Radiation Safety Training--New Worker; this program 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 attendance
at the annual training program (below). Training can be completed on-line.
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. Training can be completed on-line at (www.ehrs.upenn.edu)
under Radiation Safety Programs, Training for Credit.
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.
Additional programs will be offered on a monthly basis. Check the EHRS
web site (www.ehrs.upenn.edu) for
dates and time. If you have any questions, please call Bob Leonzio at (215)