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Biological Safety

Bloodborne Pathogens

This course is intended to provide information and training for all employees whose routine job responsibilities place them at risk of exposure to blood or the potentially infectious materials. This training should be completed annually.

Please contact Katherine Shorter (x2740) for blood borne pathogen training.

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Chemical Safety

Hazard Communication Right-to-Know Training

This training course applies to all employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemical under normal conditions of use or in a foreseeable emergency.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Hazard identification
  • Chemical hazard labeling
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Employee Protection Methods

Hazardous Waste Awareness Training

This training course is designed to familiarize employees who generate hazardous waste with the regulations and requirements for proper storage and disposal of that waste.

Topics covered include:

  • Hazardous waste identification and classification
  • Hazardous waste container management
  • Satellite accumulation point requirements
  • Spill response procedures.

Hazardous Material Transportation Training

This training course is designed to offer those employees at the University of Memphis who offer for shipment, receive, or are otherwise involved with the transportation of hazardous materials an understanding of the regulations governing such activities.

Topics covered include:

  • Identification and recognition of a hazardous material
  • Emergency response
  • Employee protection methods
  • Accident prevention methods
  • The Hazardous Materials Table
  • The CERCLA Reportable Quantities Table (available in the hazardous materials table)
  • Hazardous material containers
  • Hazardous waste manifests.

Please contact Erik Tyge (x2044) for chemical safety training.

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Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Health & Safety Seminar
Normally presented at the beginning of the fall semester

This course is intended to provide information to employees on how to reduce exposure to chemicals and how to safely work in a laboratory setting.

Topics covered include:

  • Employee exposure reduction methods
  • Personal protective equipment
  • The Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Hazard identification
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Medical consultation and record keeping.

Laboratory Ventilation Briefing

This 30 to 40 minute briefing provides information on how laboratory ventilation systems function and how to perform work safely in a fume hood.

Please contact Alton Simpson (x4672) for laboratory ventilation briefing.

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Radiation Safety

Radiation Worker Course

This training is normally required for anyone who uses radioactive materials or radiation producing devices.

Topics covered include:

  • Reporting requirements
  • Personnel dosimetry
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Exposure control

Radiation Safety Orientation for Non-Users

This training course is intended for those personnel who do not use radioactive materials or radiation producing devices but are associated with a laboratory that does use ionizing radiation.

Please contact Alton Simpson (x4672) for Radiation Safety Training.

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On-line Training

A Day in the Lab (A PI's Perspective) - Video courtesy of University of California, San Diego.

Biological Safety Cabinets - Multiple videos courtesy of Nuaire, Inc.

Bloodborne Pathogens - Available from EH&S through Desire-to-Learn.  Contact Katherine Shorter (x2740) to enroll.

Dow Lab Safety Academy - This site provides multiple lab safety videos, courtesy of Dow Chemical Company

Experimenting with Danger - Video courtesy of U.S. Chemical Safety Board, details hazards associated with academic research labs.

Fume Hood Tutorial - Learn to use your fume hood properly and understand how the lab ventilation system functions.

Lab Safety Training - Training courtesy of Lab Safety Workspace, includes several course selections.

Mercury Vapor Hazards - The magnitude of mercury vapor emissions from small spills can be easily observed in this video from Bowling Green State University.

Occupational Safety and Health Training - Use these on-demand training resources for topics ranging from chemical safety to excavation - courtesy of Human Resources.

Pandemic Preparedness - "Workplace Strategies for Pandemic Preparedness" provides background information, strategies for reducing virus transmission, and other practical information.

Respirator Safety - Free videos from OSHA that discuss respiratory protection and  demonstrate how to don, doff, and perform user seal checks on respirators.

Safety Training from Oklahoma State University - OSU offers a broad range of basic training on-line at no charge.

Surgical Masks v. Respirators - Free video from OSHA describing the protective differences between surgical masks and respirators.

Hazardous Chemical Right-to-Know - Courtesy of Instructional Designs, Inc. (Please E-mail your final test data to here to receive follow-up information and document training.)

Hazardous Materials Training from North Carolina State University - NCSU offers a variety of on-line courses.

Hazardous Waste Management - Available from EH&S through Desire-to-Learn.  Contact Ann Marie Cowles (x5700) to enroll.

Hazardous Waste and Underground Storage Tanks - Courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Fire Extinguisher - For hands-on training, please contact Employee Safety and Health.

Working with Pyrophoric Reagents - Courtesy of University of California, San Diego

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Self-paced CD-ROM Training

Biological Safety Cabinets

Hazard Communication

Laboratory Safety

Laser Safety Orientation

Safe Use of Chemicals

Please contact EH&S (x5700) to schedule an appointment.

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Video Library

Please contact EH&S (x5700) to check out videos.

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Training Agenda
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Biological Safety Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens

Chemical Safety Training

  • Hazard Communication Right-to-Know
  • Hazardous Waste Awareness
  • Hazardous Materials Transporation

Laboratory Safety Training

  • Laboratory Health & Safety Seminar

Radiation Safety Training

  • Radiation Safety for Users
  • Radiation Safety for Non-Users
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Last Updated: 5/27/14