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Countdown to Summer: There are two additional issues of Almanac remaining in the spring semester (May 13—which will include a two-week Update, and May 27—which will include Summer AT PENN). The deadline for Summer AT PENN is May 12. For info, see If you anticipate a need to publish information of concern to faculty and staff, please contact Almanac promptly to reserve space. During the summer there will be a mid-July issue. —Ed.

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Required EHRS Training in May

Training is required by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for all employees who work with hazardous substances including: chemicals, human blood, blood products, fluids, and human tissue specimens. Training is also required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for all personnel using radioactive materials or radiation producing equipment at Penn and affiliated institutions.

Training programs are developed and presented by the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) in monthly live presentations or online formats. To determine which training programs you are required to take, review the section Training Requirements on the EHRS website

Note: All staff and faculty must attend a session of introductory training as soon as possible after hire. Annual update training can be completed online, only after attending an introductory session first.

Upcoming live training programs are:

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 University's Chemical Hygiene Plan. Required for all Penn faculty and staff who work in laboratories. Please arrive early. No admittance after 9:30 a.m. Penn ID or Driver's license is required for sign-in. May 15 at 9:30 a.m. CRB, Austrian Auditorium.

Introduction to Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens; required for all faculty and staff potentially exposed to human blood and blood products, human body fluids and tissues or who work with any bloodborne pathogens. Topics include a discussion of the Exposure Control Plan, free hepatitis B vaccination, recommended work practices, engineering controls and emergency response. Penn ID or Driver's license is required for sign-in. May 15 at 10:45 a.m. CRB, Austrian Auditorium.

Check the EHRS website for additional programs offered.

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Retirement Education Seminars

Human Resources is sponsoring several retirement education seminars this week. Retirement experts from TIAA-CREF and The Vanguard Group are on campus to speak about several topics, including: Penn's retirement plans, tips for saving for retirement, selecting the right investment funds, and protecting your financial future. All seminars will be held in Houston Hall.

Vanguard will be presenting seminars today and tomorrow in the Ben Franklin Room:

  • Tuesday, May 6, 11:30 a.m.--12:30 p.m., Taking Control of Your Financial Life
  • Tuesday, May 6, 1--2 p.m., How Much to Save for Retirement
  • Wednesday, May 7, 11:30 a.m.--12:30 p.m., Penn's Tax-Deferred Retirement Plan Overview
  • Wednesday, May 7, 1--2 p.m., Staying on Track for Retirement

TIAA-CREF will be holding seminars on Thursday in Bodek Lounge:

  • Thursday, May 8, 11:30 a.m.--12:30 p.m., Reexamining the Rules of Investing
  • Thursday, May 8, 1--2 p.m., Retirement Distribution Flexibilities

Registration is not required. For more information, visit

--Division of Human Resources

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Online Surveys: Free Your Mind

The Division of Business Services is committed to providing the Penn community with exceptional service and is seeking feedback on its services. Participate in an on line survey for a chance to win gift certificates, skating passes, a Faculty Club membership and other great prizes. Surveys are currently available for:

  • Creative Communications
  • Faculty Club
  • Penn Children's Center
  • Penn Ice Rink
  • Penn Mail Service
  • Penn Transit Services

Visit (link no longer available) today. More surveys and other great prizes are coming soon, so bookmark this page.

--Division of Business Services


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 32, May 6, 2003