Environmental Health and Safety

What training do I need?

Aerial Lift Training

Certification is mandatory for employees who use aerial lifts or manlifts. Training must be completed prior to EHS observation on the particular type of lift you will be operating - scissor, telescoping, articulating, or boom truck. It is available online. Operators must be observed safely operating the lift before certification is completed. Refresher training required every 3 years.

Asbestos

Asbestos Awareness

Training is mandatory for persons that perform maintenance, renovation, or custodial operations, and persons that work around asbestos. Class length is 1 hour. It is not available online. Refresher training required annually.

Asbestos Supervisor

Training is mandatory for supervisors who took the initial 40 hour training for oversight of employees directly involved in asbestos abatement. Refresher training (8-hour) is required annually.

Biological Safety

Introduction to Biological Safety Cabinets

Training is mandatory for laboratory personnel who need to use biological safety cabinets to manipulate biohazardous agents/materials. It is available online. Refresher training is not required.

Lab Safety: Hazardous Waste Management

Training in proper collection, handling, and disposal of laboratory biowaste, chemical, glass, sharps wastes etc. is recommended for all laboratory personnel, laboratory supervisors, and Prinicple Investigators conducting research. It is available upon request. Refresher training in not required.

Safe Autoclave Use and Verification

Training is mandatory for personnel who use autoclaves for sterilization/ decontamination of research materials, equipment, etc. It is available online. Refresher training is not required.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Training is mandatory for persons potentially exposed to human blood, body fluids, or cell lines during the normal course of their work activities (e.g. plumbers, custodians, all medical and some laboratory personnel). Class length is 1 hour. It is not available online. Refresher training required annually.

Chain Saw Safety

Training is recommended for persons who use chain saws at work. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety

Training is recommended for persons who handle, store, and use compressed gas cylinders. Note: Persons that work with compressed gases outside of a chemical research laboratory must also have Hazard Communication training. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Confined Spaces

Confined Space Awareness

Training is mandatory for persons that work around, but who do not enter, confined spaces. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Confined Space Entrant/Attendant/Supervisor

Training is mandatory for persons that enter confined spaces or serve as an attendant. Supervisors of entrants or attendants must also attend this training. Class length is 3 hours. Refresher training required every 3 years.

Contractor Safety

Training is mandatory for persons who coordinate contractor activities where coordination with VT personnel is necessary. Class lenght is 1 hour and is available upon request. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Dry Ice Shipping

Training is mandatory for anyone shipping materials by air that are packed with dry ice. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 2 years.

Electrical Safety

Electrical Awareness

Training is mandatory for persons that work around, but not on, exposed energized conductors. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Electrical Qualified Person

Training is mandatory for persons that work on energized electrical systems operating at 50 volts or more to ground. Class length is 3 hours. Refresher training is required every 3 years.

Ergonomic Awareness

Training is available for persons that experience lifting, pushing, pulling, and/or intensive computer work. Class length is 1 hour. It is not available online. Refresher training is not required.

Excavation Safety

Excavation Awareness

Training is mandatory for persons that work around, but who do not enter, excavations greater than four feet deep. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Excavation Competent Person

Training is mandatory for supervisors and designated competent persons who oversee excavation operations. Class length is 3 hours. Refresher training required every 3 years.

Fall Hazards

Fall Hazard Awareness

Training is mandatory for persons that work around potential fall hazards greater than four feet. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Fall Protection User

Training is mandatory for persons that are exposed to fall hazards greater than four feet where a personal fall arrest system must be used, including ladder safety devices and aerial lifts. Class length is 3 hours. Refresher training required every 3 years.

Farm Safety

Training is mandatory for persons that operate farm machinery, especially tractors, which incorporate power take-offs, exposed moving parts, or equipment related hazards. It is available online. Refresher training required annually.

Fire Prevention Planning

Departments that store or use flammable and combustible liquids (outside of a research laboratory) must develop a Fire Prevention Plan. It is available online. Refresher training is not required.

Flammable Liquid Safety

Training is recommended for persons who handle, store, and use flammable liquids. Note: Persons that work with flammable liquids outside of a chemical research laboratory must also have HAZCOM RTK (Hazard Communication Right-to-Know) training. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

First Aid/CPR/AED-Adult

Training is mandatory for shop supervisors, persons who work in remote locations (ex. farms), on energized electrical systems, in confined spaces, or that perform telecommunications cabling. Class length is 6 hours. Refresher training required every 2 years.

General Laboratory Safety

All employees in a research laboratory are required to review the Chemical Hygiene Plan including the "Laboratory Specific Documentation" (formerly referred to as Part B) for their laboratory, and be trained on the specific hazards of their work environment. This mandatory training is to be performed by the Principal Investigator or their designee. EHS offers general, non-mandatory training on safety issues in the research environment. At the time any employee is introduced to new hazards or new protocols in the laboratory, they must receive safety and operational training. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 4 years.

Hand and Power Tool Safety

Training is available for personnel who use hand and power tools on a regular basis. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Hazard Communication Program

Hazard Communication Coordinator

Departments (other than chemical laboratories) are individually responsible for establishing and maintaining a Hazard Communication Plan, and for training all personnel in that department on plan components. EHS supports this effort by offering training for the departmental coordinator. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

HAZCOM RTK

Training is mandatory for personnel who use hazardous chemicals in a non-laboratory setting. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Hearing Conservation

Training is mandatory for persons that use hearing protection due to a potential or existing excessive noise exposure. Training is included with annual hearing tests. Class length is 1 hour. It is not available online. Refresher training required annually.

Hot Work Permit Coordinator

Training is mandatory for supervisors of departments that perform welding, cutting, brazing, torch cutting, and similar open-flame operations. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Infection Control

Training is recommended for persons who work with wild animals during field work, specifically wild mice, migratory birds, or when working in remote locations. Class length is 2 hours. It is not available online. Refresher training is not required. Employees or volunteers who handle animals, who perform research in the field, or who work with infectious organisms are required to participate in the medical surveillance program through which you will be offered vaccinations and other services appropriate for your work-related exposure, if any. For persons working with animals or biological agents, the medical survey questionnaire found here must be completed to prompt services. Appointments are scheduled annually or as needed based on your work-related exposure(s).

Lab Safety: Hazardous Waste Management

Training in proper collection, handling, and disposal of laboratory biowaste, chemical, glass, sharps wastes etc. is recommended for all laboratory personnel, laboratory supervisors, and Prinicple Investigators conducting research. It is available upon request. Refresher training in not required.

Ladder Safety

Training is recommended for persons that use general purpose ladders. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Laser Safety

Training is mandatory for persons that use class 3b or 4 lasers. All users must also take an eye exam. Class length is 1 hour. It is not available online. Refresher training is not required.

Lead Awareness

Training is mandatory for persons that perform maintenance or renovation work, or who work with lead materails in the course of their duties. Class length is 1 hour. Refresher training required annually.

Lockout-Tagout

Lockout-Tagout Authorized Person

Training is mandatory for persons that service/maintain/repair systems with hazardous energy sources, such as electrical, mechanical, steam, hydraulic, pneumatic, etc. Class length is 2 hours. Refresher training is required every 3 years.

Lockout-Tagout Awareness

Training is available for persons that work in the vicinity of machinery or systems being locked/tagged out by authorized persons. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Machine Shop

Machine Shop Coordinator

Departments with machine shops, woodworking shops, metalworking shops, or similar operations must designate a Machine Shop Coordinator. Training is mandatory for designated departmental machine shop coordinator. Class length is 2 hours. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Machine Shop Safety

Training is recommended for personnel using woodworking or metal working machiner and equipment. It is available online. Refresher is required every 5 years.

Medical Surveillance Services

This is a service with associated training; not a class. All employees (including student employees) and volunteers with a potential exposure to lead, asbestos, silica dust, chemicals (outside of laboratories), pesticides, welding, excessive noise, lasers, infectious agents, hazardous waste, or who handle animals, including field researchers, are required to participate in this program. For persons working with animals or biological agents, the medical survey questionnaire found here must be completed to prompt services. Appointments are scheduled annually or as needed based on your work-related exposure(s).

Mobile Crane Safety

Persons in the vicinity of mobile cranes, such as on construction sites or similar projects, must attend awareness level training. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

MS4 Stormwater Training

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System training is required for personnel who may adversely affect Virginia Tech's stormwater runoff into local waterways. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 2 years.

Overhead Crane Training

Training and operator certification is mandatory for persons that use overhead cranes. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 3 years.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Awareness

Training is required for persons who must wear PPE, where engineering or administrative controls have not reduced the risk to an acceptable level. Separate training is required for users of personal fall arrest systems and flame-resistant (i.e. rated) clothing. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Coordinator

Departments (other than chemical research laboratories) that use PPE (e.g. safety glasses, hard hats, gloves, etc.) must designate a PPE Coordinator and implement a hazard evaluation program. Training is mandatory for the PPE Coordinator. The PPE Coordinator is responsible for informing departmental personnel of program requirements. Class length is 2 hours. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Training is mandatory for persons that are expected to use fire extinguishers, such as those performing welding/cutting (i.e. hot work) operations, those serving as fire watches, personnel with crowd management duties, residential house/area managers, and housekeeping supervisors. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 2 years.

Powered Industrial Truck Training

Training is mandatory for persons that use forklifts, powered pallet jacks, order pickers, and similar equipment. Operators must also be observed by EHS prior to using such equipment to complete certification. It is available online. Refresher training required every 3 years.

Radiation Safety

Training is mandatory for all users of radiation sources and radioisotopes. Class length is 2 hours. It is available online. Refresher training required annually.

Respiratory Protection

Training is mandatory for persons who must wear respirators to control exposure to a chemical, particulate, or other respiratory hazard. Training is conducted in conjunction with fit-testing. Class length is 1 hour. It is available online. Refresher training required annually.

Reverse Signal Operation Safety

Persons on construction sites, or operating vehicles and heavy equipment where an obstructed view to the rear is possible, must attend this training. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Scaffolding

Scaffold Awareness

Training is mandatory for all persons who work on, or access, scaffolding. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

Scaffolding Competent Person

Departments that use scaffolding must designate a competent person to oversee erection, moving, altering, and dismantlement operatons. Training is mandatory for the designated departmental scaffold competent person. Class length is 4 hours. Refresher training required every 3 years.

Select Agents

Training is mandatory for persons using select biological agents as listed by the CDC/APHIS. Class length is 2 hours. It is not available online. Refresher training required annually.

Vehicle Safety

Awareness training is recommended for personnel routinely operating state vehicles. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

VDOT Flagger Certification

Training and certification is mandatory for all persons who perform flagging operations on roadways. Class length is 1 hour. Refresher training required every 2 years.

Welding and Cutting Safety

Training is available for persons who perform welding, cutting, or brazing. It is available online. Refresher training is required every 5 years.

X-ray Safety

Training is mandatory for persons working with x-ray producing equipment. Class length is 1 hour. It is available online. Refresher training is not required.

 

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