Carnegie Mellon University

Training

We offer a wide variety of EHS 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 EHS.

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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 This one-hour training course is designed for both new and veteran CMUSafe Ambassadors. Topics include:

  • Program overview and history
  • Responsibilities and expectations for CMUSafe Ambassadors
  • Components of a Building Emergency Action Plan
  • General evacuation procedures
  • Familiarity with lifesaving device locations and emergency resources.

Resources:

Active Listening Guide

De-Escalation Tips

De-Escalation Guidance Handout

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Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest, when to call University Police and how to perform 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 EHS Alert App and the importance of CMU Alert and Code Blue 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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Do you know what to do during an emergency? This course provides an overview of Fire and Life Safety Best Practices within the workplace. The program can be tailored for a specific building or group and contains information covering various emergency situations and an overview for how to respond. Topics included in this training are: lockdown, shelter in place, how fire works, building design elements, and building specific information to help you respond during an emergency.

The agenda is to present for the first 40 minutes and leave the last 20 minutes for questions and answers. Total session time is 1 hour.

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To request a training session, send an email to safety@andrew.cmu.edu

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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This training class 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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The training will provide an overview of the HazMat purchasing card, describe how to purchase hazardous materials, identify hazardous materials that must go on an Oracle purchase order, and discuss other hazardous materials training requirements.

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The purpose of this training is to make lab personnel who work with or may come in contact with Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) aware of its properties and dangers. This course will cover HF handling, safety precautions and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). First Aid for the treatment of HF exposure will be discussed. EHS will issue each group/laboratory, who uses Hydrofluoric acid, a HF First-aid / Spill Kit that includes calcium gluconate, PPE for first-aid and various HF guidance documents. Any individual who works with HF or works in an area that has HF in its inventory is REQUIRED to attend this course.

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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.

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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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The purpose of this classroom training course is to educate users of Lithium Ion Batteries (LIB) on the safe use, proper charging, safe discharge & disposal, personal protective equipment, engineering controls, and proper safety considerations for the lab. In addition, this training will cover the proper emergency preparedness and response for runaway events. Any individual who uses, builds, maintains LIBs or equipment containing LIBs is required to attend this course.

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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 EHS web page for further details.

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Online Training

3D printing, an additive manufacturing technology, has made rapid prototyping and small-scale manufacturing easier and more accessible. However, this advancement is not without risks. In this class, students will learn the safe handling of 3D printer materials, safe execution of the 3D printing process and safe disposal of 3D printing waste.

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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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EHS 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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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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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 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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Good housekeeping practices in the workplace can be the largest contributor to both safety and productivity when completed regularly. Keeping work areas clean and organized can prevent trips and falls, fires, blocked exits and damage to material and equipment. Housekeeping also contributes to increased air quality, better inventory tracking, faster job completion and an overall better workflow in a space. This training covers procedures that shall be used to eliminate hazards and ensure a clean and organized work area is maintained at all times. It should be noted that this training does not cover housekeeping related to student living areas, machine rooms or electrical closets.

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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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This course is intended for all personnel who use laser cutters. Topics presented include, laser cutter basics hazards of laser cutting, measures to reduce or eliminate laser cutter hazards and emergency response procedures.

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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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This online course provides information on the importance of following safe practices at CMU. Additionally, it covers some preventative measures that will protect you from hazards and how to respond if an emergency should occur.

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The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules apply to all research projects (NIH-funded and non-NIH-funded) that involve recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules.

According to the NIH Guidelines, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules are defined as (1) molecules that a) are constructed by joining nucleic acid molecules and b) can replicate in a living cell, i.e. recombinant nucleic acids, or (2) nucleic acid molecules that are chemically or by other means synthesized or amplified, including those that are chemically or otherwise modified but can base pair with naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules, i.e. synthetic nucleic acids, or (3)molecules that result from the replication of those described in (1) or (2).

The purpose of this training is to detail the NIH Guidelines safety practices and containment procedures to help ensure that research is conducted in accordance with the highest standards to protect the health of researchers, the public, and the environment.

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Personal Protective Equipment, commonly referred to as PPE, is designed to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards including exposures to harmful levels of chemicals, noise or radiation, as well as from injury due to hazards such as, but not limited to, flying particles, hot or sharp objects and falling objects.

This training will help you determine when PPE is necessary, identify what PPE is necessary to protect against exposure to hazards, properly don, doff, adjust and wear PPE, recognize the limitations of PPE and understand the proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of PPE.

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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 EHS 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 EHS 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. 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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