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environmental health & safety

Please contact EH&S at 2-0308 for the next scheduled training session or to inquire about a particular training session for your department.

Web-Based Training Programs

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Lab Safety Training: PracticingSafeScience.org

Massachusetts Safety Council

The Safety, Health and Environmental Institute at the Massachusetts Safety Council provides over 60 training programs, including:

  • Permit Required Confined Spaces
  • Hoisting License Prep
  • Forklift Operator
  • OSHA 10-Hour for Construction

Boston College Course Descriptions

Asbestos Awareness (AA) (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101)

This workshop presents basic information about the current state of knowledge concerning the dangers of asbestos fibers in buildings, the methods available to control hazards, and the actions one must take and avoid when working in an area known or presumed to contain asbestos. It is designed for employees who will not directly handle asbestos material, but who may encounter it in the routine course of their work, such as in Buildings and Grounds employees. Initial and refresher training is mandatory.

Duration: 2 hours

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Biosafety Training (BIO) (NIH Guidelines; Newton and Boston City Ordinances)

Biological Safety–related regulatory requirements and guidelines are presented for materials other than bloodborne pathogens. Principles of biosafety, biosafety levels, safe practices and procedures, warning signs, and decontamination are reviewed. Safety equipment and facility design are also discussed. Treatment and disposal methods for biologically contaminated solid and liquid wastes are provided. Training is required upon employment.

Duration: 1 hour

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Bloodborne Pathogen (BP) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.130)

This standard is designed to protect health care workers and other affected workers at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as the HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C viruses. Cases of occupational transmission are low and preventable. Occupational exposure means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties. In addition to health care workers, police, housekeeping, plumbers, and laboratory personnel could be included. Annual training required.

Duration: 1 hour

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Chemical Hygiene Training (CHP) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450)

This program covers policies applicable to all employees (and students) engaged in the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals. Training topics include descriptions of chemical hazards in the workplace, permissible exposure limits, symptoms of overexposure, and methods to detect and reduce hazardous exposure. Required training is provided to faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and laboratory technicians in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Psychology, and Earth & Environmental Sciences. Students are welcome. Initial and annual refresher training.

Duration: 2 hours

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Confined Space (CS) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146)

Entry into certain types of confined spaces, such as manholes, trenches, and pipe chases, may pose significant risk to workers. An inventory of such spaces has been developed, and employees who may need to enter these spaces should be trained in the safe work practices and personal protective equipment required. Training must be provided prior to entry into a confined space and repeated whenever there are changes in hazards. BC employees should also be aware that hired contractors who work in confined spaces must be made aware of associated hazards.

Duration: Full day

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Fire Extinguisher (FE) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.157)

Training sessions will discuss the various types of extinguishers found on campus. Advantages and disadvantages of each type will be discussed and demonstrated. Proper operation of various extinguishers and the types of fires they are best suited for will be discussed and demonstrated. Basic fire chemistry and fire prevention will also be presented. Training is available upon request and tailored to specific groups per department.

Duration: 1 hour

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Forklift (FL) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178)

Powered industrial trucks to include forklifts, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines may be used only by trained authorized operators. Training is upon employment and on an as-needed basis. New employees will be sent off-campus for classroom training. Training includes classroom time and a practiced skills evaluation. Refresher training is offered every three years.

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Hazard Communication (HazCom) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200)

Employers shall provide employees with effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area at the time of initial assignment and whenever a new physical or health hazard about which the employees have not been previously trained is introduced into their work area. Training will enable employees to obtain the necessary information off a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Duration: 45 minutes

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Hazardous Materials Regulations HM-126F (HM) (DOT 49 CFR 100-177)

The Hazardous Materials Regulations are designed to address classification, hazard communication, transportation, emergency planning and response, and packaging of hazardous materials. Employees who are involved in receiving or packaging hazardous material must attend.

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Hazwoper (HW) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120)

This program presents the information needed for employees when responding to a hazardous-material release. The level of training is at the First Responder Awareness Level. These are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. Annual training is required.

Duration: 2 hours

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Laser (LSR) (ANSI Z136.1; OSHA 29 CFR 1926.54 & 105 CMR 121.000)

Laser radiation workers are required to receive laser safety training and a medical eye examination prior to working with class III or IV lasers. Fundamentals of laser operations, bioeffects of laser radiation on the eye and skin, relations of specular and diffuse reflection, non-radiation hazards, laser system classifications, control measures, management and employee responsibilities, and medical surveillance practices will be covered. Training upon employment.

Duration: 1 hour

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Lockout/Tagout (LT) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147)

Safety requirements to control hazardous energy sources with lockout/tagout procedures in order to prevent injuries to personnel servicing equipment have been established. Training is provided to two populations: those who must install the locks and tags prior to servicing equipment, and those whose work may be conducted near such equipment. These two groups of users are defined as authorized users and affected users.

Initial training. Retraining required when there is a change in job assignment, machines, equipment, or processes or in the energy control procedures. Retraining is also required when annual program audits reveal deficiencies. New employees should contact EH&S to schedule initial training. Training will be provided by the Assistant Electrical Forman, Frank Martins.

Duration: authorized users: 4 hours; associated users: 2 hours

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Radiation Training (RT) (NRC 10 CFR 20)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires that all personnel or students who work with or around radiation or radioactive materials receive radiation safety training. Discussion topics must include the concepts of ionizing radiation, units of radioactivity and radiation, the biological effects of radiation, maximum permissible exposures for workers and the general public, measurement and control of radiation, radiation survey and detection techniques, radiological-emergency responses, radioactive-waste disposal, safe radioactive-material handling techniques, and delegation and authority for regulatory compliance. A written test is included. Initial refresher training will be provided in September, October, and February.

Duration: 2 hours for initial, 1 hour for refresher

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Respiratory Program (RP) (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134)

In certain situations, employees may need to wear respiratory protection in order to safely perform their jobs. No employee may wear an air-purifying respirator prior to enrollment in the program. The program includes training, selection, and fit testing of an appropriate respirator, as well as an annual qualifying medical exam. Departments that believe that employee jobs involve a special hazard that cannot be controlled through engineering can contact EH&S. Annual training, medical exam,s and fit testing required. Bring your respirator to each session.

Duration: 2 hours

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Spill Prevention Training (SP)

University personnel with responsibilities for compliance with the requirements of this Plan will participate in periodic training that teaches employees to perform their duties in a way to prevent the discharge of harmful quantities of oil or hazardous substances. This training will include familiarization with this Plan, emergency response procedures, equipment, systems, and material safety data sheets (MSDS) for the products stored onsite. New personnel will be instructed as appropriate within a reasonable time after entering the site. Contractors and other transient personnel will be advised of applicable spill prevention measures upon entering the site, as appropriate.

Duration: 1 hour

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Waste Management — Arts (EPA 40CFR262-265)
Gail Hall

This course will cover Boston College's policies and procedures regarding hazardous waste management for the Arts. Required for all teaching staff whose classes and studios generate hazardous wastes. The course will cover management of hazardous waste in the studios and will discuss waste minimization and pollution prevention opportunities. Annual training required, scheduled at the start of each semester. Next training is scheduled for January 2004.

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Waste Management — Facilities EPA 40CFR262-265; DOT 49CFR

This course will cover the procedures associated with the safe management of hazardous waste that is generated in facilities operations on campus, and the requirements for signing hazardous waste manifests. Initial training will be scheduled as needed. Annual refresher training required. Next training is scheduled for March 2004.

Duration: 1 hour

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Waste Management — Laboratories (EPA 40CFR262.40)

Hazardous waste management in Boston College's laboratories is covered under the Environment Management Plan (EMP). The EMP covers policies applicable to all employees and students who work in laboratories where hazardous waste is generated. The training includes discussion of specific laboratory waste disposal methods; pollution prevention strategies; BC's environmental goals; and each person's responsibilities in the generation, management, and minimization of laboratory wastes. Initial training is provided to all new graduate students, faculty, and staff in September and January. Refresher training is conducted as needed.

Duration: 1 hour

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