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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.

 Training Matrix

Lab-Related Training

Training Activity or Assignment Recurrence
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
 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
 Safety Awareness Any employee of the university  Biennial
Shop/Studio Safety Work in machine shops, art studios and/or performance venues (29 CFR 1910) Biennial

Occupational Training

Training Activity or Assignment Recurrence
Aerial & Scissor Lift Safety Use of aerial or scissor lifts during job duties Before beginning job duties
Arc Flash & Electrical Safety Work with electrical hazards during job duties (NFPA 70E) Before beginning job duties
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure to human materials (29 CFR 1910.1030) 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
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
Hazard Communication Occupational exposure to chemicals; does not apply to research/teaching labs (29 CFR 1910.1200) Annual
Overhead & Gantry Crane Safety Use of hoists and/or hoists in the work area (29 CFR 1910.179) Before beginning job duties
Safety Awareness Any employee of the university Biennial
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
Wastewater & Stormwater Management Work under a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP); comply with Clean Water Act to manage industrial wastewater & storm water discharge (40 CFR 100-149) Before beginning job duties

Respirator Training

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

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.

Safe-Science Series

A recent initiative undertaken by the Lab Safety 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.

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