EH&S Training Program Changes
With the new emphasis on remote/online learning, EH&S has undertaken an initiative to offer more of its training courses remotely via Teams and online via Canvas wherever possible. In the process, we have revised many of our traditional trainings to move from courses with many topics to courses with a single topic. We are also targeting specific audiences where we are able. In making this shift, each individual topic will get the coverage it deserves, participants will only need to take the training required for their particular circumstances, and in many cases it will be specific to their activities.
Summary of Course Changes
Heat Stress training is now available in an online format. This training addresses the effects of heat on the body and methods to use to protect yourself while at work and at home. Basic first aid for Heat Stress and Heat Stroke, as well as alternatives to be used to minimize the heat's impact is reviewed.
Back Safety training is now available online. This is designed for those who do frequent lifting and will help you understand how back injuries occur and how to prevent them with proper posture and using proper lifting, load carrying and unloading techniques.
Update April 28, 2021
Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan training for College of Medicine and Heart Institute Downtown campus employees involved in oil handling, transfer, storage, and maintenance of oil equipment, or spill response is now available online. This training is required initially and annually thereafter.
Update - March 29, 2021
Lockout - Tagout (LOTO) training is now available online. This training is designed for personnel who perform electrical work, repairs or maintenance to machines or equipment and personnel who use machines or equipment for which a hazard of unexpected energization, start-up, or release of hazardous energy could harm employees.
Update - March 22, 2021
Job Safety Analysis training is now available online. This training is primarily designed for supervisors, but all employees can benefit. This course will provide you with the information and tools needed to complete an effective Job Safety Analysis (JSA).
Update - March 19, 2021
Accident/Incident Reporting & Investigation training is now available online. This training is primarily designed for supervisors, but all employees can benefit. It will help you understand the University’s accident/incident reporting procedures and help you improve your accident/incident investigation and report writing skills.
Slips, Trips, and Fall Hazards training is also now available online. This course helps you understand slips, trips and falls are a serious injury risk and how to identify, minimize, or eliminate slip, trip and fall hazards.
Update - February 8, 2021
Individual online Hazard Communication courses have been developed for General audiences, Maintenance and Shop personnel, and Art Studios and Shops. These courses along with the previously deployed Hazardous Waste courses have replaced the Safety and Compliance Arts course and the Shop Safety Course. Those courses have been removed from the web site.
Update - January 29, 2021
Online Annual Asbestos Awareness Training is now available for custodial, housing, Parking and Transportation, maintenance, and project managers. The training covers USF Policies for Assessment, Determination and Removal of Asbestos, and consists of origin of asbestos, health effects caused by asbestos, suspect asbestos building materials and where they may be found, and the rules and regulations of the EPA.
Update - January 7, 2021
Two new training courses are now available online. Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan Training for Tampa campus employees involved in oil handling, transfer, storage, and maintenance of oil equipment, or spill response is now available online. Respiratory Protection Training required for anyone who needs to wear a respirator for their job is also now available online. Both trainings are required annually for applicable employees.
Update - January 4, 2021 (revised 4/23/21)
Laboratory & Research Safety is now Lab Safety - Chem/Bio.
Lab Safety - Comparative Med and Lab Safety - Physics retain the same titles.
These courses now only cover lab safety topics as listed in OSHA's Lab Standard. Hazardous waste and biomedical waste are no longer covered, so these courses no longer satisfy annual training requirements for either of those topics.
Biomedical Waste Refresher is now simply Biomedical Waste. This course is required to be completed annually by anyone who generates biomedical waste.
Hazardous Waste Refresher has been revamped and has been split into four targeted courses entitled:
- Hazardous Waste Awareness and Handling - Art Studios/Shops
- Hazardous Waste Awareness and Handling - Custodial Areas
- Hazardous WasteAwareness and Handling - Laboratories
- Hazardous Waste Awareness and Handling - Maintenance/Shops.
One of these courses is required to be completed annually by anyone who generates hazardous waste.