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Biological Safety Training

Biomedical Waste Training

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The Florida Department of Health, F.A.C. 64E-16, requires any personnel who works in a Biological Safety Level 2 laboratory or in a laboratory which generates any solid or liquid waste presenting a threat of infection to humans to have Biomedical Waste Training.

This training is given along with the Bloodborne Pathogen Training.

Topics covered include:

  • Definitions of Biomedical Waste/Regulated Waste
  • Facility policies and procedures of mixed waste
  • Labeling, storage and containment of regulated waste
  • Enforcement and penalties involved in the regulation

Bloodborne Pathogen Training

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Anyone who may have an occupational exposure to human blood, body fluid, tissues or human cell lines must receive this training, as required by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.

This training is given along with the Biomedical Waste training.

Topics covered include:

  • Epidemiology, symptoms and the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens
  • FSU's exposure control plan
  • Hepatitis B vaccine, its efficacy, safety and method of administration
  • Methods to prevent or minimize occupational exposure
  • Post-exposure procedures and medical evaluations

Biosafety Level 2 and Above Laboratory Training

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This training is available online

All laboratory personnel who will be working in or who will have access to a Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL-2), Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3), or an Animal Biological Safety Level 2 (ABSL-2) laboratory must receive general training for working in these biosafety level laboratory facilities. This training is based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Guidelines for Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 4th Edition.

Topics covered include:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Biomedical Waste
  • General biological safety issues associated with these biosafety level laboratory facilities
  • Different general practices and procedures necessary to prevent a potential exposure to the infectious agents being used in these biosafety level laboratories
  • Information regarding the appropriate disposal of biohazardous waste generated in these biosafety level laboratories

Chemical Safety Training

Hazard Communication/Right-to-Know Training

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Employers must provide information and training to their employees about the hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed in the workplace.

Laboratory employees are required to receive this training on an annual basis, while other employees receive it on a biennial schedule.

This training is required by the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

Topics covered include:

  • General Chemical Safety
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Locations and means of obtaining MSDS'
  • Chemical Labeling
  • Chemical Spill Procedures
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Hazardous Waste Awareness Training

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The Refresher for this training is available online.

This training is required on an annual basis for anyone who generates or has the potential to generate hazardous waste. Hazardous Waste Awareness Training is mandated under EPA regulation 40 CFR 265.

Topics covered include:

  • Hazardous Waste Determination and Definitions
  • Hazardous Waste Generator Status
  • Accumulation Limits
  • Container Management
  • Spill Control
  • Hazardous Waste Pick-ups

Fire Safety Training

Fire Safety Training

All employees of the University shall receive this training.

Topics covered include:

  • Fire extinguisher use and awareness
  • Building safety equipment
  • Safety surveys
  • Building evacuation

Industrial Hygiene Training

Asbestos Awareness Training

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Anyone in the Facilities O&M or Building Services Departments that may work with or around Asbestos-Containing Building Materials (ACBM) should attend this course on an annual basis to learn of the multiple locations of potential asbestos health hazards that exist at FSU.

This training is a requirement of OSHA's Hazard Communication Program and the Asbestos Standard.

It is typically scheduled to last two hours.

Topics covered include:

  • Asbestos identification and uses
  • How to prevent exposure
  • Warning signs and notifications
  • Health hazard data
  • Reporting real or potential emergencies

Asbestos Awareness Training for Building Occupants

This training is available online

This training is intended to provide a general overview of asbestos containing materials, associated hazards and how FSU manages those materials to ensure building occupants are not exposed to asbestos fibers.


Laboratory Safety Training

Lab Manager Safety Presentation and Discussion

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This presentation provides an overview of all EH&S laboratory support and lab safety issues - including

  • Chemical handling and awareness
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Chemical storage
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Biosafety issues
  • Work with human cell lines, infectious agents or human blood
  • Radioactive materials issues
  • Laser safety
  • Spills and decontamination
  • Waste handling
  • Safety training
  • Food in lab
  • Lab inspections
  • Controlled substances
  • and more

In addition to obtaining information about safety and compliance related to the above issues, participants are encouraged to discuss safety concerns and provide ideas for achieving safety and compliance goals. Please contact the Laboratory Safety Office at 644-8916 for information.


Laboratory Safety Training

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Any employee working in a laboratory setting shall annually receive this training.

This training is covered by OSHA's Laboratory Safety Standard.

Topics covered include:

  • Permissible Exposure Limits for OSHA regulated chemicals
  • Methods to detect the presence or release of chemicals
  • The Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Physical and health hazards of chemicals in the laboratory
  • Methods to reduce employee exposure to chemicals
  • Location of chemical safety reference materials (MSDS')

Lab Safety for your Research

An EH&S staff person will come to your laboratory or department to address questions specific to your research protocols. We will review with you the use of chemicals and biohazardous and radioactive materials in your laboratory, and discuss how you can protect yourself and members of your lab from exposures; how to handle spills; appropriate disposal of wastes; chemical storage issues; and answer any questions you might have. Please contact the Laboratory Safety Office at 644-8916 for information.


Anesthetic Gas Safety Training

This training is available online.

Halothane and isoflurane are used as anesthetics for research animals undergoing various medical procedures. During the procedures, small amounts of these gases may leak from the vaporizer equipment in surgical suites, potentially exposing researchers performing surgeries and other procedures. It is important that researchers are aware of the risks associated with potential exposure to these anesthetic gases. The Anesthetic Gas Safety Training is mandated for all researchers administering halothane or isoflurane to research animals outside of the fume hood.

One-time training is required by Environmental Health and Safety, Laboratory Animal Resources, and the Animal Care and Use Committee.


Radiation Safety Training

Radiation Safety Short Course

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Anyone working with or around radioactive materials or radiation producing devices should attend this course.

It is offered at least once a semester. Sessions are typically scheduled to last two hours per week for three weeks.

Session 1

Licensing and Regulatory Matters

Principles of Ionizing Radiation and Radiation Physics

Session 2

Radiation Dosimetry

Biological Effects of Radiation

Session 3

Laboratory Radiation Safety & Emergency Procedures

Radiation Detection Instrumentation


Online Xray Training

This training is available online.

This X-Ray training is intended to meet the regulatory requirements for users of academic x-ray systems (diffraction, florescence, computed tomography, etc.) This online training does not meet the regulatory requirements for those who work with radioactive materials (radioisotopes, crystals, RIA kits).


Red Cross Training

Red Cross Training

EH&S offers initial and annual refresher courses for several American Red Cross courses. Classes are open to all University employees to learn about responding to an emergency situation, CPR, and providing first aid. Class time and length varies depending on the course. A minimum of 10 participants are required to conduct a class.

Courses offered include:

  • Adult CPR/AED
  • Child and Infant CPR/AED
  • Standard First Aid and Safety

Risk Management & Workers' Compensation Training

Back Injury Prevention Training

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This class will introduce the concept of ergonomics and examine how back injuries happen. Additionally, techniques and methods of preventing injuries to your back will be taught.

Topics covered include:

  • Human anatomy of the lower back
  • Some causes and symptoms of lower back injuries
  • Sample ergonomic issues found in today?s work environment
  • Some examples of proper body mechanics
  • Exercises for home and job