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Course Descriptions

No in-person training courses are available at this time.

A training matrix and appendix of common safety trainings that should be considered is available here. The appendix includes the link to the course, a description of the course, and renewal information. Please note that this is only a list of common safety trainings and is not a comprehensive list of all the trainings available or required.

Anyone working in a UCM laboratory is required to complete the Lab Safety Fundamentals (Certification) before entering a wet lab or conducting any experimental/laboratory work. Additional prerequisite training may be required by your PI.

Below are other common safety trainings to consider that were not included in the training matrix:

Elevated Work/Fall Protection 3 years

Many people are killed or injured every year in construction- or maintenance-related falls. Topics include: determining when fall protection is required, types of fall protection and use of personal fall-restraint systems. This course is intended for maintenance and construction workers who work at elevations greater than 7 feet.

Fire Safety 3 years

This required course provides lab users the information necessary to safely handle flammable liquids and use a fire extinguisher. Topics covered include fire basics and triangle, sources of fire/ignition in labs, flash point, flammable range and flammable terms, and fire extinguishers and their use — with hands-on training.

Hazmat Spill Response (DOT Awareness is the online version) 3 years

Chemical spills in laboratories are largely preventable. In the event of a spill, there are some basic and necessary steps to be taken to help ensure your safety (first priority) and the safety of others. Spill containment, clean-up, decontamination, notifications, and prevention will be discussed. This course is required for all UC Merced employees who generate, handle or manage areas where hazardous wastes are generated.

IATA Biological Dangerous Good Shipping

Cal-OSHA requires every employer to have an IIPP in place. UC Merced has implemented a campus-level IIPP program to ensure a safe and healthful work environment for its employees. The IIPP is the umbrella under which all employee health and safety programs are implemented, and it provides a framework for identifying and correcting workplace hazards. This session is required for all UC Merced employees.

Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) 3 years

Many people are killed or injured every year in construction- or maintenance-related falls. Topics include: determining when fall protection is required, types of fall protection and use of personal fall-restraint systems. This course is intended for maintenance and construction workers who work at elevations greater than 7 feet.

Lab Safety Management for PIs Required once

Introduction to safety leadership, accountability, hazard assessments, training, inspections, accidents, hazardous materials and equipment, and resources for supervisors. This course covers relevant UC Policy on Management of HSE, Cal/OSHA regulations (Reference: 8 CCR 340, 3203, 3341, 3380), and both federal and state laws.

Nanomaterials Currently Unavailable

Small-scale materials have unique properties as well as unique hazards. Come learn about the effects of these materials on the body.

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