Carnegie Mellon University

Training

We offer a wide variety of EH&S training courses intended to increase your knowledge base, improve your ability to recognize and mitigate risk, and help you maintain a safe work environment.  If you are unsure which classes may be right for you, please contact EH&S.

Classroom Training

Discusses the types of asbestos, health effects of asbestos exposure, where asbestos may be found on campus, what asbestos looks like, common asbestos-containing materials, and work procedures to be followed where asbestos is present.

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For all persons working biological agents and/or animals, either in a classroom or laboratory setting. REQUIRED for persons working in a BSL-2 lab. This training addresses the recommendations specified in the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (5th edition) published by the Centers for Disease Control and the requirements of Carnegie Mellon's Biological Safety Program. Also discussed are techniques to use biohazardous agents so that hazards to workers and the environment are minimized.

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Persons with reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with: Human blood, human blood components, products made from human blood. The following human body fluids: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood, and all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids. Any unfixed tissue or organ (other than intact skin) from a human (living or dead); and human cell cultures, human tissue cultures, human organ cultures Document: Requirements on the Use of Human Cell Lines for Laboratory Personnel.  BBP containing culture medium or other solutions.  Blood, body fluids or other tissues from non-human primates.  Blood, body fluids or other tissues from experimental animals infected with a BBP.

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Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest, when to activate the EMS system, and how to do CPR. Hands-on training will enable those who attend this class to become familiar with an AED and to successfully operate it in an emergency. Training also teaches the operator how to avoid potentially hazardous situations.

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This class provides participants with a general overview of potential workplace emergencies, where to find emergency information, provides a summary of the EH&S Alert App and the importance of CMU Alert and Metis systems.

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This classroom course includes a brief review of recommended actions during a fire emergency, the types of fire extinguishers found on campus and the fires they extinguish. Attendees will then take part in the practical use of a fire extinguisher with the use of a fire simulator.

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The training addresses forklift stability, steering, lifting, moving a load, placing a load, stacking and un stacking, inspection, hazardous locations and environments, ramps and docks, training frequency, and general safety rules for forklift operation. Following the classroom portion of the training, attendees will be required to operate a forklift, to demonstrate their proficiency.

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Laser safety training is a requirement of all persons using a laser or laser containing equipment rated as a Class IIIb or Class IV. Training is strongly recommended for all other laser users on campus. Contact EH&S to inquire about whether you need the training and when an upcoming session will be held.

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This training addresses the details of the OSHA Laboratory Standard and of Carnegie Mellon's Chemical Hygiene Plan. Discussed are techniques to use hazardous materials so that hazards to workers are minimized. Details are provided for using Material Safety Data Sheets, personal protective equipment and ventilation devices. This training class also covers the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, EPA regulations and Carnegie Mellon's policies on hazardous waste. Class topics include hazardous waste determination, proper containment and segregation, labeling, waste minimization and disposal procedures.

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This class provides instruction in the proper use of respiratory protection. The training includes determining stability and the selection of the respirator, the fitting and maintenance procedures, and the details of the Carnegie Mellon Respiratory Protection Program, including the medical monitoring requirements. All employees who have been supplied with a respirator must receive this training annually. Fit tests for individuals with their respirators will be performed separately, by appointment.

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This training is for persons wishing to become accredited to ship certain dangerous goods (low and moderately hazardous items, certain batteries) in small quantities (generally, less than 30 g or 30 mL), within the United States.   Review the Chemical Safety/Shipping Dangerous Goods section of the EH&S web page for further details.

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Online Training

Students learn the difference between the types of lifts, the hazards anticipated with these lifts, how to conduct a pre-operational inspection, how to evaluate a work site, and generally safe work practices for working on and around these pieces of equipment.

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Identifies risks associated with the back, injury prevention, and what to do when your back hurts. Attendees will learn how the back works, the "danger zones", what happens inside the back when an object is lifted, causes of back trauma, safe lifting techniques, and behavioral changes which can lead to a healthier back.

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EH&S has developed a module to provide guidance in the use of compressed gases on campus. All users should view the first section, as indicated, as it deals with issues common to all users. If you use a toxic or poisonous gas, such as H2S, carbon monoxide, silane, etc, please view both portions of the module.

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Employees who are required to enter OSHA-defined confined spaces must attend Confined Space Entry Training prior to making the entry. Conversely, those who have no need to enter a confined space are prohibited from doing so. Because of the serious nature of confined space accidents there are no exceptions to this rule.

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The class is recommended for those who drive (or have the potential to drive) a vehicle on behalf of the university, including rental vehicles. Learners that successfully complete this course will be able to identify the common causes of hazardous driver distractions and methods for minimizing or eliminating them.

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Training of the persons involved in the receiving of hazardous materials is a key element of the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. If you will be receiving packages containing hazardous materials, you must complete this training module.

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The class is recommended for those who drive (or have the potential to drive) a vehicle on behalf of the university, including rental vehicles. This course will teach learners safe driving habits and defensive driving methods. Individuals will learn how to identify accident prevention and safe driving habits, identify potential road hazards, and recognize hazardous driving behaviors and methods to correct them.

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Falls from even as little as four feet can cause serious injury or death to workers. Learners who successfully complete this course will be able to identify active fall protection systems and their characteristics. This course is designed for personnel who may need to use an active fall protection system in the course of their work duties.

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This online course addresses the types of fire extinguishers most often used and the fires they extinguish. Test questions will appear throughout the course. Upon completion, you will be automatically assigned to register and complete Portable Fire Extinguisher Part 2, which emphasizes the practical use of a fire extinguisher.

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This course is for all employees whose job duties require them to work with common hand tools and/or power tools. Examines the dangers in tool use, with emphasis on the most common tools, and the ways to avoid injuries while using them. Addresses the most common mistakes people make when using these tools, as well as how to avoid them. General safety practices, as well as tool-specific practices, are discussed.

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Hazard Communication is for NON-LABORATORY PERSONNEL ONLY, whose job duties bring them into contact with hazardous materials. Discusses Right-to-Know Law, physical and health hazards, material safety data sheets, labels and labeling requirements, written programs, methods to detect presence of hazardous materials, how to protect yourself and others around you, locations of hazardous materials, need for informing (and being informed by) outside contractors, and chemical inventories.

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The class is recommended for those who drive (or have the potential to drive) a vehicle on behalf of the university, including rental vehicles.  Learners who successfully complete this course should be able to identify hazardous driving conditions and methods for eliminating, minimizing or avoiding those hazards.

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This section addresses the details of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Laboratory Standard and Carnegie Mellon University's Chemical Hygiene Plan. So that hazards to workers can be minimized, best practices for using hazardous materials are presented. Details are provided for using Safety Data Sheets, personal protective equipment and ventilation devices. This part consists of 75 minutes of video and a quiz that requires application of the material.

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This section covers the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and CMU hazardous waste policies. Topics include hazardous waste determination, proper containment and segregation, labeling, waste minimization and disposal procedures. This part consists of 22 minutes of video and a quiz that requires application of the material.

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Ladder and Scaffold Safety training is recommended for anyone using a ladder or scaffold in the course of their job. For others, the following guidelines should prove useful any time you find yourself needing to use a ladder.

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Anyone who works with equipment or machinery where there is a risk of an unexpected startup, energization, or release of stored energy that could cause injury must implement the lockout/tagout program and receive lockout tagout training.

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Lab Safety and Hazardous Waste (LSHW) Refresher Training is only for those individuals who have already completed the full LSHW in-person classroom course and have been at CMU long enough (> 3 years) to require refresher training.  LSHW Refresher Training is NOT a substitute for the full LSHW classroom course that is required within the first 30 days of employment at CMU. If you have never taken the full LSHW class (2.5 hours), please exit this Refresher Training and register for an LSHW classroom session here: https://cmu.bioraft.com/node/284605/sessions.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requires that all users of Electron Microscopes (EM) receive radiation safety training. Completion of this course and a passing grade of at least 70% on the exam fulfill the requirements.

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For those persons who do not work with radioactive materials themselves, but who work in an area posted for radioactive materials, or who have cause to enter such an area as part of their work.

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Radionuclide (RAM) New User training is the first step to using either unsealed RAM or sealed sources (or both). The second step is completion of the training practicum. The practicum is conducted in a laboratory environment and allows new users to practice survey and spill response. Arrangements for this training may be made when completing the information page following the online quiz.

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Personnel who complete this training and answer all quiz questions correctly will receive permission from EH&S to make shipments that contain dry ice. This document DOES NOT cover shipping of other hazardous materials nor are you permitted to ship such materials without the appropriate training. This training provides information on the following topics: Dry Ice Shipping Regulations, Hazards of Dry Ice, and Methods for Packaging Dry Ice. Once you successfully complete this training, you are required take refresher training every two years and you will be contacted by someone in EH&S prior to your certification expiration date.

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This training is for anyone who uses soldering processes with applications in plumbing, metalworking and electronics, including the connection of electronic components and wiring to circuit boards.

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Student Shop Safety training is required for all students who use any Carnegie Mellon shop, as well as those serving as partners for anyone using a shop. Discusses general shop safety rules and practices, with a focus on injury prevention. This class presents generic shop safety only and does not preclude the need for additional training in the specific shop(s) being used. The class must be taken prior to using shop equipment. 

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The X-ray safety training consists of a web-based presentation that illustrates many fundamental concepts of ionizing radiation and basics of radiation protection principles. The training session may be accessed by clicking the Begin Training* button below. After you complete the training, you must contact the manager of the specific x-ray device to schedule the practical training session.

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