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The Office of Environmental Health and Safety offers an extensive variety of safety training courses and resources for the University community.  For more information about any of the training courses listed on this page, or if you'd like to schedule training for yourself or your department, please contact us at 683-4495. 

Classes are available for faculty, staff and students of Old Dominion University.


Asbestos Awareness
Asbestos Awareness training is required for maintenance and custodial employees who come into contact with asbestos-containing material during the conduct of their work.  The training covers the physical properties of asbestos, where it is found, when it is dangerous, how to recognize and avoid it, associated regulations, and what to do in the event of an emergency involving asbestos-containing material.

Course duration is approximately 2 hours

Contact Frank Dzupinka to schedule training


 
Bloodborne Pathogens
Bloodborne Pathogens training is mandatory for employees who come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious material during the course of their work.  Department Bloodborne Pathogen Program Representatives are responsible for arranging and/or conducting training for employees in their department.  The training includes an explanation of the bloodborne pathogens standard; epidemiology, modes of transmission and symptoms of bloodborne diseases; explanation of the exposure control plan; control methods; personal protective equipment; hepatitis B vaccination program; emergency response; post-exposure procedures; warning labels and color coding; and department-specific information that relates to the plan.  Employees shall be trained regarding bloodborne pathogens at the time of initial assignment to tasks where exposure may occur and annually thereafter.  Additional training shall be provided whenever there are changes in tasks or procedures that affect employee occupational exposure.

Course duration is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Contact Douglas Alexander to schedule training.


 
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Entry training is required for employees involved in any aspect of confined space entry work.  The training includes information on hazard recognition, personal protective equipment (PPE), safety equipment, communications equipment, procedures for calling rescue services, and proper use of rescue equipment.  Training shall be performed before an employee is assigned duties in confined spaces.  Retraining shall be conducted at least annually and whenever either the Department or our office has reason to believe that there are deviations from the University's permit-required confined space entry procedures or that there are inadequacies in the employee's knowledge or use of those procedures.

Course duration is approximately 4 hours.

Contact Douglas Alexander to schedule training.


Golf Cart Safety
Golf Cart Safety training is mandatory for employees who intend to operate golf carts on campus.  The training covers policies and procedure of the Golf Cart Safety Program; an introduction to golf cart controls; inspection procedures; and proper conduct for operation.  A written quiz is administered at the end of the training.  All operators are required to have a valid driver's license.  Operators without a driver's license must pass a golf cart driving test administered by our office. 

Course duration is approximately 30 minutes.

Contact Frank Dzupinka to schedule training


Hazard Communication
Hazard Communication training is mandatory for all employees who work with hazardous chemicals in non-laboratory environments. The training covers the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1200, OSHA labeling requirements as well as the types of labels typically used by chemical manufactures and distributors; categories of hazards; information that can be found on a material safety data sheet (MSDS); methods of protection and detection; and the contents of our written Hazard Communication Program.

Course duration is approximately 1 hour.

Contact Douglas Alexander to schedule training.


 
Hearing Conservation
Hearing Conservation training is an annual requirement for employees who are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels.  The training covers information on the physiological properties of the ear and the effects of noise hearing.  Also covered is information on audiometric testing and the proper selection and use of hearing protectors.

Course duration is approximately 1 hour.

Contact Douglas Alexander to schedule training.


 
Laboratory Safety
Laboratory Safety training is mandatory for employees who work with hazardous chemicals in laboratories.  The training consists of three parts. Part 1 is a classroom lecture provided by our office, which includes information on the scope and purpose of the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1450 "Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories" as well as information about our Chemical Hygiene Plan. Part 2 is a self-study workbook with a graded quiz that reinforces topics discusses in the lecture and introduces laboratory employees to the types of hazards they are likely to encounter. Part 3 includes on the job training conducted by the Principal Investigator, and is specific to the hazards encountered in his/her laboratory. 

Part 1 of the training is approximately 1 hour in duration.

Contact Douglas Alexander to schedule training.


 
Laser Safety
Laser Safety training is required for employees working in an area where a Class 3b or Class 4 laser is operated.  Discussion topics include fundamentals of laser operation including basic components of a  laser system; biological effects; laser classification; administrative and engineering controls; non-beam hazards; medical surveillance requirements and employee responsibilities.  A written exam is administered at the end of the course.

Course duration is approximately 2 hours.

Contact Sheri Vann to schedule training


 
Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
Lockout/Tagout training is required for employees whose duties include repair or maintenance of machinery or systems that have potential for hazardous energy release.  The training covers recognition of hazardous energy sources, the purpose and function of the University's Energy Control Program, and information on the safe use of energy controls.  Retraining shall be conducted at least annually or whenever affected employees have a change in work assignments or a new energy hazard is presented.

Course duration is approximately 1 hour.

Contact Douglas Alexander to schedule training.


 
Radiation Safety
Radiation Safety training is required for all employees who plan to use radioactive materials and/or x-ray producing equipment.  The course will provide an overview of the fundamentals of radiation physics and radiation safety with emphasis on research at Old Dominion University.  Discussion topics include the concept of ionizing radiation; units of radioactivity and radiation; biological effects of radiation; exposure limits for workers and the public; radiation detection and measurement; spill and emergency response; radioactive waste disposal; techniques for handling radioactivity and state and federal regulatory requirements.  A written exam is included. Annual refresher training may be required.  In addition, employees, such as housekeeping and maintenance personal, who work in areas where radioactive material is used or stored, are required to attend a special radiation safety course designed for ancillary personnel.

Duration of training varies depending upon the degree of use.

Contact Sheri Vann to schedule training


 
Respiratory Protection
Respiratory Protection Training is required for employees who are required to wear respirators.  The training covers purpose, fit, usage, maintenance and storage of respirators; respirator limitations and capabilities; use in emergency situations; inspecting, donning and doffing, using and checking the seals; and signs and symptoms of exposure.  Employees must successfully complete a written quiz that is administered at the end of the training.  Training is required upon employment and annually thereafter, or often if needed.

Course duration is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Contact Shawn Sarauw to schedule training