Environmental Health and Safety

Course Descriptions

Class Schedules

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Classes available

Documents for OH102 for both Laboratory Site-Specific and Non-Laboratory Site-Specific Training Checklists and Training Records are available.

OH 101 — Hazard Communication (EID required)

The objective for this course is to introduce employees to the hazards of working with or around hazardous chemicals. Course subjects include the following:

  1. Information on interpreting hazardous chemical labels and Material Safety Data Sheets and the relationship between those two methods of hazard communication.
  2. Acute and chronic effects of hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed, by chemical category.
  3. Safe handling of hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed, by chemical category.
  4. Proper use of protective equipment with respect to the hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed, by chemical category.
  5. First aid treatment for exposures with respect to the hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed, by chemical category.
  6. General safety instructions on the handling, cleanup procedures, and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

This course is required for many employees by a law passed by the Texas Legislature called the Hazard Communication Act or Right to Know law. If you work with or have the potential to work with hazardous chemicals then you are required to take this course. Examples of people required to take this course are laboratory employees, facility services personnel, utility personnel, printers, and photographers. Even if you have taken a hazard communication course at another organization, you must take this course to learn about the hazards of chemicals at your new workplace.

OH 102 — Hazard Communication (site-specific)

This course is taught by your work area supervisor, laboratory principal investigator, or lab supervisor. Training must be documented using the standardized HazCom training record with checklist covering training topics available from EHS.

Please talk to your supervisor for more information.

OH 107 — Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Training (EID required)

This training is for The University of Texas at Austin’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plan. This is a federal and state regulation the university is required to follow. Anyone who handles, stores, receives, or dispenses oil and oil related products in quantities greater than or equal to 55 gallons is required by law to receive this training.

OH 201 — Laboratory Safety (EID required)

This course explains safe lab practices to minimize the risk of spills and chemical or biological exposures. Laboratories involve many chemicals, procedures, and operations that require specific safety precautions. The course provides information about physical and health hazards present within a laboratory and explains safe lab practices to minimize the risk of spills and chemical or biological exposure.

This course is required for all employees, including faculty, staff, and students who work in a laboratory using hazardous chemicals or biological materials. This training is required even if you have taken a similar course at another institution.

OH 202 — Hazardous Waste Management (EID required)

The course objective is to explain regulated wastes in the laboratory setting and provide simple, less expensive methods for handling wastes. Course contents include: hazardous waste definitions and regulatory environment; chemical waste disposal and spill cleanup procedures; chemical waste storage and segregation guidelines; and waste minimization and drain disposal restrictions.

This course is required for all employees, including faculty, staff, and students who work in a laboratory using hazardous chemicals or biological materials.

OH 204 — Compressed Gases (EID required)

General overview for the use of compressed gas cylinder systems. Incoporated in this training are safe practices and techniques for the storage, use, and maintenance of compressed gas cylinders.

OH 207 — Biological Safety (EID required)

This course explains safe work practices for laboratory employees who work with recombinant DNA (rDNA) and potentially biohazardous materials. This course is required for all laboratory employees working at Biosafety Levels (BSL) 1, 2 or 3 or who work with human specimens. This course covers hazards of working with these materials, practices and equipment required for work at different biosafety levels, waste disposal, incident reporting, and spill cleanup procedures.

OH 209 — Asbestos Awareness

This class is offered by request, contact James Wichman (512-471-3511) for training.

OH 210 — Concessions Food Safety (EID required)

This course is for people who prepare and handle food at concession areas. The course provides a basic understanding of the importance of sanitation when working with food, including personal hygiene and facility cleanliness. Topics include foodborne illnesses, food safety procedures, and good work practices.

OH 218 — Bloodborne Pathogens (EID required)

Training required annually for all personnel that work with human blood, tissues, or human cell lines in labs. Topics include safe work practices, the definition of bloodborne pathogens, protection from exposure including universal precautions, and spill clean-up procedures.

OH 238 — Laboratory Safety Refresher (EID required)

This course outlines the key safety responsibilities for all personnel who work in labs containing hazardous materials. This course is required for all lab personnel and needs to be taken every three years. Topics covered in this course include: recent lab incidents, common issues found during lab inspections, responsibilities for Principal Investigators, responsibilities for lab staff, standard operating procedures, risk assessments, safety equipment and clothing, emergency response procedures, occupational health, and other lab related resources.

OH 301 — Basic Radiological Health

This course provides information on how to work safely with radiation and radioactive materials. Radioactive materials can be hazardous if not used safely. Radioactive materials are used at the University under a broad scope radioactive materials license issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This course is required for all users of radioactive materials, including faculty, staff, and students. Employees who took an equivalent radiation safety course at another location should contact the Radiation Safety Officer at 512-471-3511 regarding site-specific retraining and requalification requirements.

See the next available OH 301 classes (EID required)

OH 302 — Basic Radiological Health Refresher

This course explains current regulations related to radiation, recent changes to the regulations, the responsibilities of radiation users, and campus- specific issues related to radiation.

This course is refresher training recommended for all users of radioactive materials and radiation-producing machines, including faculty, staff, and students. The course is recommended annually for individuals who took the eight-hour Basic Radiological Health course and required for new university employees who took an equivalent radiation course at another location.

See the next available OH 302 classes (EID required)

OH 304 — Laser Safety (EID required)

Lasers can be hazardous if not used safely. Lasers are used at the University under a certificate of registration issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This course provides information on how to work safely with lasers.

This course is required for all users of Class IIIb (3b) and/or Class IV (4) lasers, including faculty, staff, and students. Employees who took an equivalent laser safety training course at another location should contact the Laser Safety Officer at 512-471-3511 regarding site-specific retraining and requalification requirements.

OH 306 — X-Ray Safety

Radiation producing machines (x-ray machines) can be hazardous if not used safely. Radiation producing machines are used at the University under a certificate of registration issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This course provides information on how to work safely with radiation and radiation producing machines.

This course is required for all users of radiation producing machines, including faculty, staff, and students. Employees who took an equivalent radiation safety training course at another location should contact the Radiation Safety Officer at 512-471-3511 regarding site-specific retraining and requalification requirements.

See the next available OH 306 classes (EID required)

OH 500 — Machine Shop Safety (EID required)

The objective for this course is to introduce employees and students to the hazards of working in machine shops. The course subjects include the following:

  1. Roles and responsibilities for shop owners and operators.
  2. Basic safe procedures for machine shops.
  3. Common shop equipment and their safe operation.
  4. Common warning signs and labels.

Employees and students are advised that this is general shop safety. Additional site specific training may be required to qualify for working in your shop.

Machine Shop Safety Training (PDF)

OH 501 — Hearing Protection Training (EID required)

EHS wants to ensure that all employees who work in high noise areas, as defined by the University Hearing Protection Overview and Hearing Protection Plan, have the training to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. Through this training you will understand the effects of high noise, how to safely control noise levels, understand the types of hearing protection and when to use it, and your roles and responsibilities.

OH 502 — Ergonomics for Childcare Workers

Muscle strains and sprains are a leading cause of work related injuries among child-care workers. This training was designed to show child-care workers how to safely lift children and objects.

OH 503 — Asbestos General Information Training

The objective of this course is provide information for students, faculty, and staff who don’t actively work with asbestos. It provides general information about asbestos and the University’s asbestos management program. It is not designed for people who work with asbestos. If you work with asbestos you require additional training.

OH 504 — Office Ergonomics

This training was designed for office workers to explain the ergonomic assessment process and to introduce ergonomic equipment.

OH 505 — Lift Training (EID required)

This course is part of the requirements to be qualified to use or operate an aerial lift on campus. Topics include training requirements, fall protection, lift setup, weather information, and lift inspection. This course is required to be taken every 3 years.

OH 506 -- Machine Shop SupervisorTraining (Machine Guarding; EID required)

All employees who are responsible for the safe operations of the equipment in their shop must take Shop Supervisor Training initially and every two years. This person is responsible for filling out the Machine Shop Inspection form. This training will provide employees the knowledge to correctly fill the form to ensure continuous safe operations of the safety devices on fixed equipment.

OH 601 — Dry Ice Shipping (EID required)

This course explains how to make dry ice shipments in accordance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and the airline (IATA) requirements. This training applies to shipments where the only regulated hazardous material is the dry ice. The training includes a description of the DOT rules, dry ice hazards, packaging, carrier requirements, and documentation. Hazard Communication training (OH101 and OH102) is also required for people wanting to become certified to ship dry ice packages.