Environmental Health and Safety provides regular training programs for UCCS faculty, staff and students. These classes are mandatory for those who handle, manage or come into contact with potentially hazardous materials. To schedule training, or ask if training is required for you, please call 255-3212 or e-mail us
Before entering a laboratory, all new laboratory employees, including teaching assistants and volunteers, must receive training on the hazards (chemical, physical, etc.) they will encounter in their work area. The specific training required is clarified below.
Anatomy & Physiology Hazardous Materials Training
General hazard communication training is provided by EHS through the A & P Lab Safety Training class. The Laboratory Safety class is offered each fall at the start of the school year.
Once EHS receives the form you will be notified of enrollment in the course. The course will show up in your UCCS blackboard account - please allow 48 hours for this to occur. After you review the course material you will need to complete the online quiz. Upon successful completion of the quiz (70% or higher), you will receive a certificate. That certificate should be provided to your supervisor (digital copies are fine).
If you have any questions or if you do not have a UCCS blackboard account, please contact Cindy Norton x 3212 firstname.lastname@example.org
The on-line course may be taken to satisfy the training requirement. However, the classroom course covers much more safety information than the on-line course does, and EHS recommends that whenever possible all employees take the classroom course.
All faculty and staff who work with hazardous materials are required to have an annual refresher training. EHS offers a classroom course each fall prior to the start of the school year or you may take the on-line course listed above.
Work Area Specific Training
Work area specific training is provided by the principal investigator, laboratory manager and/or laboratory supervisor. This training should focus on the specific hazards in the employee's work area, such as chemical hazards, equipment hazards, biological hazards, etc. Work area specific training should also include the location of MSDSs, the proper use of personal protective equipment, the location and proper use of safety equipment (fume hoods, biological safety cabinets, etc.), the location and use of emergency equipment (showers, eyewashes, fire extinguishers, spill kits, etc.), and the proper response to emergency situations (fires, chemical spills, etc.).
Training should also be provided for new hazards that are introduced into the work area. If new information becomes available for an existing hazard, additional training on that information should be provided.