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The Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) provides a number of online safety training to faculty, staff and students to introduce applicable policies and procedures established by the university. Training must be completed prior to work beginning in the work area.
EHS-administered safety training provides an awareness-level proficiency in hazard identification and mitigation techniques for your work at Texas Tech. On-site, hazard-specific training is to be conducted by your supervisor once you begin your work.
The Training Matrix below provides the training offered through EHS, a brief description, personnel required to complete the training and recurrence requirements.
- Request your required course(s) by submitting the Training Request Form to EHS.
- EHS will enroll you in the required courses. Some courses such as Laser, Radiation, Forklift Safety, etc. may require approval by the appropriate section inside EHS prior to enrollment. Enrollments are completed during normal business hours only and on a first come, first serve basis.
- You will receive an email notification from Vivid Learning Systems and EHS to access your training through the TTU Vivid Site. You cannot access this site until you are enrolled.
If you are a TTU employee, you can access Safety Awareness through Cornerstone: https://ttu.csod.com/samldefault.aspx. Safety Awareness is only mandated for university employees.
If you are not an employee, you can watch the training video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jmKpwIymiXU. Certificates of completion are not provided to individuals who watch Safety Awareness on YouTube. The training video is the same.
|Training||Activity or Assignment||Recurrence|
|Autoclave Safety||Use of an autoclave||Biennial|
|Biological Safety||Biosafety level (BSL) 2 activities||Biennial|
|Bloodborne Pathogen||Exposure to human materials (29 CFR 1910.1030)||Annual|
|Compressed Gas Safety||Use of compressed gas in the work area (not required)||Before beginning job duties|
|Flammable Liquid Safety||Work with flammable liquids in the work area (not required)||Before beginning job duties|
|Lab Safety||Work in any research or teaching lab work area (29 CFR 1910.1450)||Biennial|
|Laser Safety||Work with Class IIIb or IV lasers (25 TAC 289.301)||Biennial|
|Liquid Nitrogen||Work with liquid nitrogen or other cryogens||Before beginning job duties|
|Magnetic Field Safety||Work with strong magnetic fields (>3 Tesla) including Magnetic Resonance Equipment||Biennial|
|Radiation Safety||Work in areas where radioactive material is used/stored and radiation-producing equipment is located (25 TAC 289.202)||Biennial|
|Recombinant DNA||Work with recombinant DNA (required by NIH guidelines)||Biennial|
|Shop/Studio Safety||Work in machine shops, art studios and/or performance venues (29 CFR 1910)||Biennial|
|Training||Activity or Assignment||Recurrence|
|Aerial & Scissor Lift Safety||Use of aerial or scissor lifts during job duties||Before beginning job duties|
|Bloodborne Pathogens||Exposure to human materials (29 CFR 1910.1030) (available in Spanish)||Annual|
|Compressed Gas Safety||Use of compressed gas in the work area||Before beginning job duties|
|Confined Space Entry||Entrance & work in permit-required confined spaces (29 CFR 1910.146)||Every three years|
|Electrical Safety||Work with electrical hazards during job duties (NFPA 70E)||Before beginning job duties|
|Flammable Liquid Safety||Work with flammable liquids in the work area||Before beginning job duties|
|Forklift Safety||Use of a forklift. Two part training: online & driving test with instructor (29 CFR 1910.178)||Every three years|
|Hand and Power Tool Safety||Use of hand and/or power tools in the work area||Before beginning job duties|
|Hazard Communication||Occupational exposure to chemicals; does not apply to research/teaching labs (29 CFR 1910.1200) (available in Spanish)||Annual|
|Overhead & Gantry Crane Safety||Use of hoists and/or hoists in the work area (29 CFR 1910.179)||Before beginning job duties|
|Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan||Training to comply with Texas Tech Spill Contingency Plan; familiarize employees with job duties related to oil spill management (40 CFR 112)||Before beginning job duties|
The use of a respirator requires enrollment in the Occupational Health Program (OHP), an annual physical by a licensed medical professional and fit-test performed by EHS staff and completion of the online training course. Visit the OHP page for the enrollment form and process outline.
In-person training conducted by EHS may be requested at any time. Some in-person training sessions are also offered periodically throughout the year. These sessions typically include Forklift training, Radiation training, Confined space entry and Lab Safety training.
A recent initiative undertaken by the Training & Outreach section of EHS is the creation of the Safe-Science Series hosted through the Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center at the Texas Tech Library. These sessions cover a safety topic in detail, provide informational hand outs and an opportunity for in-depth discussions with other attendees and EHS personnel.
If you do not have an eRaider, contact EHS directly to enroll in safety training.
Currently, this is not an automated process. Registration is not immediate but generally handled the same business day as received. Requests for Safety Training are available 24 /7; however, enrollment into the training course(s) will occur between the working hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Request(s) received on approved TTU holiday(s) will be processed the next TTU business day.
You will receive an error message or not see the training if you have not requested it. Request training(s) by completing the form accessed through "Request Training" above.