Office of Research: Environmental Health and Safety

Training Course Discriptions (Being Updated)

OEH&S conducts training classes for the Campus Community on a regular basis. The classes meet the regulatory requirements levied by OSHA and the California Department of Health Services. These cover general health and safety issues, and do not replace requirements for supervisors to train or make certain employees are trained in the specific hazards of their workplace. The classes are described below.

OEH&S can also provide specialized training modules. Examples we've recently developed include Basic Laboratory Safety for laboratory technicians and dishwashers, Safety for Facilities Management (Crafts, Custodial, Grounds, and Office Personnel), Bloodborne Pathogens Training for employees of the Dental School. Often, we add the "specialized training" module to the regular training schedule, once the module has been given, and its general usefulness demonstrated.

We can also provide assistance to supervisors, laboratory managers, and others who have responsibility for training employees in workplace hazards. For further information, contact your EHS Specialist or the OEH&S Training Coordinator.

Safety Training For Campus Personnel

The Hazard Communication Standard, Radioactive Materials License, and Bloodborne Pathogen Standard require that employees be provided with initial training and information on hazards relating to their jobs when they are hired or assigned to a job involving these hazardous materials. Additional training must be provided when the employee is exposed to new hazards in the workplace.

In addition, periodic annual safety retraining must be provided to insure employee's competency in safety.

The basic responsibility for employee training is with the Supervisors. OEH&S can assist in providing training materials for meeting the legal requirements.

Laboratory Safety For Researchers - Online

This class introduces chemical safety, biosafety, Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), ISEMs, fire safety, and emergency procedures. It fulfills Cal-OSHA training requirements for Hazard Communication and IIPP.

It is required for all campus laboratory research personnel and graduate students to complete all safety training at the time of their initial assignment. Training for lab-specific hazards, and whenever a new hazard is introduced, is the responsibility of the supervisor.

Note: Additional training may be required based on job assignment including radiation safety, bloodborne pathogens, etc. For questions, please contact your Environment, Health and Safety Specialist.

Please go to UC Learning Center to register. It may take a few days for you to receive your username.

Documentation:
Users must submit a Universal Hazardous Materials Use Form (Training Experience Verification) to your EHS Specialist to add your name to PI authorizations.

Controlled substance users also need to submit an Information on User of Controlled Substances Form.

Radiation Safety - Online

This class is basic radiation safety as mandated by Title 17 and it is required for all users of radioactive material or radioactive devices such as x ray machines. Completion of the course and passing the test is required prior to employee’s name being added to a Radioactive Materials Use Authorization.

*Completion of Laboratory Safety for Researches is required prior to taking this class. UC Learning Center

Carcinogen Training

Carcinogen Training is required at UCSF by all laboratory personnel prior to working with known and regulated carcinogens. This training is required by Cal/OSHA (Title 8 CCR Section 5209).  The training covers procedures when working with known and Cal-OSHA regulated carcinogens. This training provides information on safety guidelines, regulations and procedures required to work with carcinogens in a laboratory setting as well as the potential health effects.  Safe work practices are discussed including the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to utilize when working with carcinogens.   Actions to be taken in case of an emergency and the possible need for medical surveillance are reviewed.  If you would like to take this online course now, please follow this link to UC Learning Center.

NOTE: For carcinogens used in the laboratory, specific training must also be conducted by your Principle Investigator or designee. This must be documented and readily available for inspection by OEH&S and regulatory agencies.  

Controlled Substances - Online

This class describes procedures for users who will be working with DEA regulated material. Completion of the course and passing the test is required prior to the employee’s name being added to a Controlled Substance Use Authorization.

*Completion of Laboratory Safety for Researches is required prior to taking this class. UC Learning Center

Laboratory Safety for Researchers Refresher and Fume Hood Training 2008

This class is required by regulatory agencies to ensure laboratory staff is currently trained in mandated laboratory related environmental, health and safety topics. It is required every two years after completion of the Lab Safety for Researchers course. The class includes a discussion of hazardous materials, chemical hazards , general safety, radiation safety, etc. If you would like to take this course online now, please click on this link for UC Learning Center.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you will be working with radioisotopes and/or controlled substances in your laboratory, you must ALSO take “Radiation Safety” and “Controlled Substances Safety” training courses concurrently with the “Lab Safety for Researchers – Refresher” course.

Introduction to Laboratory Safety for Laboratory Assistants and Dishwashers

This class introduces non-technical laboratory employees to laboratory safety. It focuses on recognition of standard hazards in the laboratory and emphasizes understanding of procedures and hazards before undertaking a task. The class is offered monthly, or by special request. Please contact the OEH&S Training Coordinator @ 502-8278.

Office Ergonomics Training and Self Evaluation

This class introduces computer users to the UCSF ergonomics program and helps users to assess their own work stations and work practices.  Ergonomics training is mandated by CAL/OSHA standards, Title 8, Group 15 Occupational Noise and Ergonomics, Article 106 Ergonomics, Section 5110 Repetitive Motion Injuries (Reference B).  Topics include: roles and responsibilities in the ergonomics program, common signs and symptoms of computer-related injuries, ergonomic risk factors, modifying work practices and work station to reduce risk of injuries and improve comfort, access to resources including preferred product lists, and who to contact for further information. If you would like to take this course online now, please click on this link for UC Learning Center.

Annual Safety Training for Facilities Management

This class covers Introduction to the OEH&S Office, the UCSF Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Fire Safety, Earthquake Safety, Biosafety, and Hazardous Materials and Wastes. The class schedule is maintained by Facilities Management; information on class availability can be obtained by calling 476-6506.

Bloodborne Pathogens Training (initial and refresher) - online

This class presents the requirements of the California Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, including the nature and epidemiology of bloodborne pathogens, and the methods of protecting against exposure. It is required for all employees working with potential exposure to:

  • Human blood (whole, components, products)
  • Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM)
  • Human cell lines
  • Human and animal tissue that may contain human blood or OPIM

Bloodborne Pathogens Training* is available through UC Learning Center.

PLEASE NOTE: This training must be renewed annually.

*Completion of Laboratory Safety for Researchers is required prior to taking this class.

Fire Safety Training - New February 2004

The new OEH&S Fire Safety Training course covers many important topics related to fire safety, including: different types of Fire Suppression Systems & Notification Resources; who to contact in the event of a fire, or if you need fire extinguisher service; and What happens when a fire alarm is activated. This course is offered online only; follow this link to UC Learning Center if you would like to take the Fire Safety training now.

Hazardous Waste Management

The purpose of this short course is to train UCSF personnel in basic hazardous waste management practices. UCSF policy mandates that all laboratory staff attend the basic orientation training for laboratory workers provided by OEH&S (call 476-1300 for information); if you handle hazardous waste, you must take this course, either in person or online. For details, refer to UCSF policy item # 550: Health and Safety, then follow link to # 550-15: Environmental Health and Safety Training. If you would like to take this course online now, follow this link to UC Learning Center.

HAZMAT For First Receivers

OSHA requires hospitals to provide a minimum of 8 hours of training to staff who are expected to decontaminate victims or handle victims before they are thoroughly decontaminated. Clinicians and non-clinicians from both Medical Center and campus are eligible to take this training. By participating in this training, staff understand that in the event of a major emergency, they may be contacted to provide clinical or other support services, within the scope of their license, skills, and abilities, to UCSF Medical Center patients and/or to emergency recovery activities of UCSF. Preregistration is required and may be done by through online registration.

Medical Center Annual Safety Training

This Online course reviews important Medical Center safety issues covered in the Management of Environment of Care Manual. Various Multimedia training methods are used to cover important safety topics including: General Safety, Fire and Life Safety, Infectious Disease Transmission, Emergency Preparedness, Medical Equipment, Utility Failures, Hazardous Materials and Wastes, Ergonomics and Safe Lifting Techniques, Hazard Communication, and Workplace Violence and Physical Safety Issues. This class is required for all Medical Center and Campus staff working in the medical center. Access to the online training is available through the Medical Center Learning Center website. Upon completion of the training the participant’s Annual Safety Training compliance requirements will be automatically updated on the university’s learning management system.

Safe Shipping of Biohazards - online

Biohazardous materials are constantly being transported both among UCSF campuses and between UCSF and facilities throughout the world. The process of shipping these materials is highly regulated. Non-compliance can lead to refusal to accept shipments, fines and other punitive actions.

If you or others in your laboratory are responsible for the transport or movement of biological or biohazardous materials, at least one person from your lab must be trained in the Safe Shipping of Biohazards.

Safe Shipping of Biohazards* is available through the UC Learning Center.

The training will cover local, state, federal, and international regulations regarding documentation and shipping containers.

PLEASE NOTE: This training must be renewed every 2 years.

*Completion of Laboratory Safety for Researchers is required prior to taking this class.

Liquid Nitrogen Safety

Training for specific hazards in the workplace is required by CAL/OSHA (Title 8 Section 5194(h)(1), Article 110 and Section 5191(f) , Article 109.  As such, a Liquid Nitrogen Safety Training course has been developed and is required for all laboratory personnel that use liquid nitrogen (LN2) in the laboratory.  LN2 is commonly used in laboratories for long term storage and transport of biomaterials.  This brief course describes the properties and hazards of liquid nitrogen and the equipment associated with liquid nitrogen use.  In addition, the safe handling of liquid nitrogen is discussed as well as emergency procedures.  If you would like to take this online course now, please follow this link to UC Learning Center.

Biosafety Level 2 - Laboratory Safe Practices

The Biosafety Level 2 – Laboratory Safe Practices online training course is required for all laboratory personnel at UCSF who will be working in a laboratory with Risk Group 2 biomaterials.  This training is mandated by Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the UCSF Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).  Refer to your laboratory’s Biological Usage Authorization (BUA) to determine if you lab operates at BSL2 status.  The course includes descriptions of Risk Group 2 biological materials, BSL2 containment and safety policies, and the use of Biosafety Cabinets.  In addition, important biosafety procedures when working with animals are discussed as are relevant emergency procedures.  If you would like to take this online course now, please follow this link to UC Learning Center.

Formaldehyde Training

Formaldehyde Training is required at UCSF for all laboratory personnel that work with formaldehyde or any formaldehyde compounds.  Formaldehyde training is mandated by CAL/OSHA (Title 8 CCR Section 5217).  This training course covers the common uses of formaldehyde in a laboratory setting as well as the potential health effects.  Safe work practices are discussed including the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to utilize when working with formaldehyde.  Spill protection is described and the possible need for medical surveillance is detailed.  If you would like to take this online course now, please follow this link to UC Learning Center.

Laboratory Fume Hood Safety Training

Laboratory Fume Hood Safety Training is required at UCSF for all researchers that conduct experiments using chemical fume hoods.  Fume hood safety training is mandated by CAL/OSHA (Title 8 CCR Section 5154.1).  This training course covers several topics related to chemical fume hood usage including the functional characteristics of a fume hood and the different types of fume hoods used at UCSF.  Additionally, fume hood airflow monitoring devices are discussed.  Important safety guidelines for fume hood operations are outlined as well as a description of fume hood certification testing.  If you would like to take this online course now, please follow this link to UC Learning Center .

Ergonomic: Back Safety Training

This training was designed to provide basic back safety information to all UCSF employees.  Topics include:  back anatomy, risk factor for back injuries, how to care for you back, and recommended lifting techniques.

Ergonomic: Laboratory ErgonomicTraining

The Laboratory Ergonomic Training offers a comprehensive review of ergonomic concerns and recommendations in the laboratory setting adapted to various tasks such as liquid transfer and microscopy.  Topics include:  ergonomic risk factors to laboratory workers, posture modification and work environment set up recommendations, resources available such as preferred product list and fund reimbursement program.

Office Safety Training

Office Safety Training is required for all UCSF office and administrative personnel.  This training is mandated by CAL/OSHA Standards - Title 8 Section 3203.  Topics include general office hazards including proper lifting techniques, workplace violence, earthquake preparedness, fire and life safety, and hazard communication (as pertaining to office workers).  Office ergonomics are also discussed as well as departmental Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and Emergency Action Plans.  Details on utilizing available OEH&S resources are also discussed.  If you would like to take this online course now, please follow this link to UC Learning Center.