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):
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. May 9, 9:30 a.m., 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. 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. May 16, 9:30 a.m., Austrian Auditorium, CRB.
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. It is available
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. May 10, 9:30 a.m.,
Class of 1962, John Morgan Bldg.
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. May 17, 9:30 a.m.,
Class of 1962, John Morgan Bldg.
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 annual attendance
at the training program described below. Training can be completed on-line
at under Radiation Safety Programs, Training for Credit.
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.
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 Melanie Wilkinson
at (215) 898-4453.