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Training

Environmental Health and Safety performs training for NYU employees, as required by local, state or federal law. Below is a list of training programs descriptions provided. Some are available as self-study training programs, which can be completed with a Supervisor who has been trained in that program by Environmental Health and Safety.

2014 Training Schedules

  • Laboratory personnel click here
  • Washington Square facilities personnel click here
  • School of Engineering facilities personnel click here (not yet available)

We have also developed a Regulatory Training Guide (PDF) that outlines the training required for each job category to help you determine what training you require. If you need to attend a training session please contact Environmental Health and Safety at ghs.training@nyu.edu for a schedule, if one is not listed below.

Asbestos Awareness

This training is designed to provide an understanding of asbestos hazards and the skills to recognize and avoid exposure to asbestos containing materials (ACM). This training is required for any employees who, in their day to day activities, are reasonably expected to come across ACM. It is an annual training requirement.

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is asbestos and where was it used
  • What are the various types of asbestos containing materials and where can they be found
  • Friable vs. Non-Friable asbestos
  • Why Asbestos is a Health Hazard and type of asbestos related diseases
  • Types of asbestos that you may encounter in the facility
  • Review of operations that may impact asbestos i.e. floor buffing, plumbers, maintenance staff
  • What should you do if there is an accidental release of asbestos

Asbestos Awareness Training is offered several times during the year. All employees who require this training must attend one of the sessions offered during the 2013-2014 academic year.

The training session will cover the items outlined in Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Asbestos Standard.

 

Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training is designed to provide employees with the skills to recognize potentially infectious materials and the pathogens that could potentially be transmitted through these materials. This training is required for any employee, or individual such as a NYU student or volunteer who performs functions of an employee, who, in his/her day to day activities, is reasonably expected to come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. It is an annual training requirement.

In addition to the scheduled training sessions, Environmental Health and Safety offers BBP training to various schools and divisions as requested.  Please contact us at ghs.training@nyu.edu if you are in need of Bloodborne Pathogens training.

Some individuals who have previously attended the training class may be able to satisfy the annual refresher training requirement by taking the self-study (PDF) and completing the test. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety to determine if you are eligible.

For further information on Bloodborne Pathogens, please review NYU's Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Program (PDF).

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Confined Space

This training is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to recognize, evaluate and safely enter and work in permit-required confined spaces. It is required for any employees that may have to work in such spaces (All CoGen Plant employees), before any work assignment begins. For further information on Confined Spaces, click here.

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Fire Safety

Please contact us at ghs.training@nyu.edu to schedule training.

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Forklift/Powered Industrial Vehicle Safety

This training is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to safely operate and work around forklifts or any piece of equipment that is powered by electricity, battery, or propane and is used to transport or haul material. The training discusses the types of vehicles covered, the differences between handling these vehicles versus an automobile, and how to properly handle a load.

Mandatory training is provided when the employee is initially assigned to the vehicle or work area and again when an employee has been involved in an accident, has been careless, the conditions of the workplace changes or has been assigned to a different truck. In addition, a Performance Driving Test Evaluation must be conducted once every 3 years by an experienced driver.

Please contact EHS to schedule training.

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Formaldehyde

This training is designed to provide employees with an understanding of the hazards of formaldehyde and the skills to prevent of limit exposure. It is required for any employee that works in an area where there is potential for exposure to formaldehyde.

Please contact us at ghs.training@nyu.edu if you are in need of Formaldehyde training.

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Hazard Communication

This training covers the OSHA Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard, hazard identification, routes of exposure, toxicity, labels and MSDSs, personal protective equipment (PPE), emergency response, hazardous waste, and waste minimization. It is required for any employee who, in his/her day to day activities, is reasonably expected to come in contact with hazardous chemicals. This training is required when first assigned to the job in which this potential exposure exists.

Environmental Health and Safety also offer two user-specific versions of the Hazard Communication training program; for Dental Center Clinic employees and students, and for Art Department employees and students. Follow links for further information on these training programs.

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Hazardous Waste Annual Refresher

This training covers the identification of hazardous waste (including EPA/RCRA definitions), EPA and NYU procedures for labeling, storing, handling and disposing of hazardous waste, waste minimization and spill response. This training is included in the initial Lab Safety and Hazard Communication training programs that employees receive on initial work assignment. Thereafter, employees who generate, handle or store hazardous waste, are required to attend this training annually.

There are different sessions focusing on laboratory waste, facilities waste and art department wastes. Please attend the appropriate session.

 

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Hearing Conservation

This training covers the types of hearing loss, effects of noise on hearing, types of protective devices, the NYU hearing conservation program (HCP), and audiometric testing. It is required annually for any employee whose job function requires that he/she work in areas where the noise level was found to be above 85 dBA and is included in the NYU HCP.

Please email ghs.training@nyu.edu to schedule training.

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Hot Work Permit

All employees are encouraged to attend Hot Work Permit training offered through FCM’s "Mandatory OSHA Training Sessions" which include: Lockout/Tagout, PPE, Hot Work, and Ladder Safety. This training is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to identify safe hot work (welding, flame cutting and soldering) operation procedures and proper use of the NYU hot work permit. It is mandatory for Building Managers and/or Facility Supervisors or anyone issuing a Hot Work Permit.

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IATA Training (Shipping and Receiving Biological Materials)

Anyone shipping or receiving potentially hazardous materials such as: infectious substances, diagnostic specimens, genetically modified microorganisms, potentially hazardous biological materials, and/or dry ice, is required to have International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) training in the general requirements of the regulations. This training must be repeated every two years as long as you are shipping and receiving such materials.

 

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Laboratory Safety

This training covers the OSHA Lab Standard, the NYU Chemical Hygiene Plan, hazard identification, labels and MSDSs, chemical storage and handling, personal protective equipment (PPE), toxicology and risk assessment, hazardous waste, waste minimization, spill procedures. It is required for any individual who works in a laboratory and must be attended when that individual first begins work in the lab.

Refresher training is available via NYU Classes if you have participated in an instructor-led session in the past.

 

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Ladder Safety

All employees are encouraged to attend Ladder Safety training offered through FCM's "Mandatory OSHA Training Sessions" which include: Lockout/Tagout, PPE, Hot Work, and Ladder Safety. This training is designed to provide employees with information on the hazards associated with working with/on ladders and the skills to use ladders safely.

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Lead Awareness

A schedule will be available shortly.

 

Lock Out/Tag Out

This training is designed to develop knowledge and skills required for safe application, usage and removal of lockout and tagout devices on hazardous energy sources. All employees whose work involves hazardous energy sources must be trained in lockout/tagout procedures. This training is offered through FCM's "Mandatory OSHA Training Sessions" to include: Lockout/Tagout, PPE, Hot Work, and Ladder Safety.

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Machine Guarding

This training is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to identify and avoid hazards of moving machinery parts and identify the correct guarding necessary for worker protection. It is required for all employees that may work with or around machinery with moving part with which they may come in contact. Please go to Shop Safety for further information and training requirements.

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Mold Prevention and Awareness

This course is intended to provide an introduction into mold, what causes mold growth, how it affects building occupants and it’s impact renovation and new construction projects.

The following topics will be covered

  • What is mold
  • Conditions that cause mold growth
  • How mold gets into buildings during construction-renovation projects
  • Building materials issues
  • Mold in Duct Systems
  • Building Owner Issues
  • Effect/ Importance of the building envelope
  • Why is mold an IAQ Issue
  • High risk operations
  • Water and Relative Humidity Control
  • Health Effects
  • Federal, State Regulations and Local NYC DOH guidelines
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Worker Protection
  • Mold prevention and Control

A schedule will be available shortly.

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Non-Ionizing Radiation

This training covers the biological effects of non-ionizing radiation, Laser classification/regulations, and hazards and control measures for non-ionizing radiation sources. It is required for any employee that works around Lasers, microwave (excludes ovens), infrared or ultraviolet radiation sources.

Please email ghs.training@nyu.edu to schedule training.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This training is designed to provide employees with the knowledge and skills required to protect themselves from occupational injury or illness, by using the appropriate head, hand, foot, eye and torso protective equipment. A self-study is available for the PPE Annual Refresher Training (PDF).

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Respiratory Protection

This training is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to safely use a respirator for protection against respiratory exposure to chemical vapors, dust and other particulates. It is required for any employee who may need to wear a respirator while conducting their duties. Medical evaluation and fit testing are required prior to using any respiratory protection device.

NOTE: A medical evaluation must be completed prior to being fit tested. Once the evaluation is completed and approved, Respiratory Training is required also prior to being fit tested.

Prior to scheduling a fit testing, a medical evaluation must be performed. Please fill out the following forms and return them to Environmental Health and Safety:

Please email ghs.training@nyu.edu to schedule training.

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Safe Handling and Disposal of Chemicals at the Dental Center

This Hazard Communication training is designed to specifically address the chemicals used by employees and students in Dental Center clinics. It is required of all employees and dental students when first assigned to clinic work.

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Safety in the Arts

In recent years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have realized that artists work with many potentially hazardous materials and that, if mishandled or incorrectly disposed, these materials may be potentially hazardous to the individuals working with the materials and to the environment. EHS is offering Safety in the Arts training which includes Hazard Communication (one session per employment) and Hazardous Waste (annual) training.

This training is designed to specifically address the chemicals used by employees and students in the Art Departments and how to properly dispose of the chemicals.

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Shop Safety

This training is designed to develop knowledge and skills needed to work safely with hand and power tools. It is required for all employees who work with hand and power tools. A self-study is available for the Shop Safety Annual Refresher Training. Please print out and administer the following training and return a copy of all completed training packets to Environmental Health and Safety:

Shop Safety Annual Refresher Training (PDF)

Another helpful and informative website is OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool. This website can be used as a training tool.

It is important to keep a running inventory of all machines that require guarding. Please review the Machine Guarding Policy listed below and if there are any changes to your areas inventory, please print out the Machine Guarding Inventory Form (PDF), complete it and return a copy to Environmental Health and Safety:

Please review all relevant Policies below:

Machine Guarding (PDF)

Hand Held and Powered Hand Tools (PDF)

Guidelines for Use and Selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PDF)

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SPCC - Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures

This training is designed to provide employees with the knowledge of how to store petroleum or cooking oils, how to handle such material if spilled, and to whom to report such spills, should they occur. Annual SPCC training is required for any employee who may handle or store petroleum or cooking oil as part of their daily reponsibilities.

 

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