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Course Descriptions

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety provides training to UC Merced staff and faculty members and students on a variety of safety topics.

Many of our courses are held on a regular, rotating basis or seasonally, depending on specialized needs. They can also be presented as part of an ongoing series within a division. Other courses are arranged on an individual basis, or can be presented specifically for a department depending on the number of trainees and availability of EH&S staff members.

We also have a selection of video tapes to augment or complete your training program.

EH&S is pleased to offer the following safety training courses.  Courses marked * are required for all wet labs.

BiosafetyRequired every 3 years

What are biohazards and how do you work safely with them? These questions and many more will be answered in this session. Topics include selection of PPE, biohazardous waste disposal and an explanation of biosafety levels. This course is required for all employees who work at Biosafety level 2 or above.

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)  Required annually

In this course, participants will be introduced to different types of bloodborne pathogens, transmission routes and preventative strategies, and learn about the procedures in case of exposure. This course is required for all employees who can reasonably anticipate facing contact with blood and/or other potentially infectious materials as part of their job duties.

Compressed Gases  Required every three years

Cylinders can become projectiles if mishandled, and incompatible delivery systems can be explosive. Users must also consider the compatibility of the gases. In this course, the hazards of pressure, types of cylinders and regulators and safe work practices will be discussed.

Controlled Substances  Required every three years

Work involving controlled substances and tax-free ethanol is highly regulated. This course discusses record keeping, storage, use and disposal requirements for various controlled substances.

Elevated Work/Fall Protection  Required every three 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.

Field Safety  Required every three years

Start thinking about hazards in your field study location! We’ll help you consider problems you might not have thought about. The Field Safety Plan will be discussed as well as endemic hazards and vaccines that may be needed.

Fire Safety*  Required every three years

This required course provides lab users the information necessary to handle flammable liquids safely, as well as how to 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)*  Required every three 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  

How can you safely transport a biological dangerous good? This course provides information on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Department of Transportation (DoT) enforced rules and regulations for safe transport and shipping of biological dangerous goods. All research personnel who plans to ship biological dangerous good/s must take this course before shipping.

Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)  Required every three years

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.

Glove Safety for Pyrophoric Chemicals - Required for users of pyrophoric chemicals

Pyrophoric chemicals present unique hazards and have special mitigation requirements.  This brief training explains those requirements.

Lab Safety Management for PIs  Required once

In this course, new PIs learn about effective hazard identification, implementation of safe work practices, and adherence to regulations and university procedures. The lab safety plan, 10 key elements for safety, the chemical inventory program, training program and hazardous waste program will be discussed. This course is required for all new PIs.

Laboratory Safety Fundamentals*  Required every three years. Must be completed before starting work in the lab.

Laboratories can be the source of a variety of safety concerns from harmful chemicals to electricity and other physical hazards. This session focuses on general laboratory safety, including chemical handling and storage, hazardous waste disposal and PPE selection. This course is required for all employees who work in laboratories.

Laser Safety  Required every three years

Lasers are unique in their safety hazards, particularly with respect to instant and permanent damage to vision. This session focuses on basic laser safety issues. Topics include types of lasers, direct and auxiliary hazards and control measures. This session is required every three years for all employees who work with lasers.

Nanomaterials  Required every three years

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

Radiation Safety  Required every two years

This course is designed for people who work with radioactive materials in a laboratory environment. Discussion topics include types of radiation and associated hazards, shielding requirements, license conditions, inventory and exposure limits. This session is required annually for all employees who work with radioactive materials.

Recombinant Nucleic Acid  Required every 3 years

This course is designed for people working with recombinant nucleic acid research. Topics included the National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines and techniques for dealing with viral vectors, different nucleic acids, CRISPR/Cas9, animal study, and recombinant nucleic acid waste materials.

Respiratory Protection  Required annually

Need to use a respirator or dust mask? This course discusses when you should use respiratory protection, what type, how to use it effectively, maintaining the respirator and its limitations. Bring the respirator or dust mask you plan to use, as a fit test will be administered during this course.

Waste management — Required annually

The improper management and handling of hazardous waste can create many regulatory and personal safety issues. Topics include chemical, radioactive and universal waste, labeling, segregation and regulatory compliance. This course is required for all UC Merced employees who generate, handle or manage areas where hazardous wastes are generated. At least one person from each lab should take this course. Attendees will learn how to identify, contain, label and dispose of hazardous waste properly.


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