EHSRM Training FY 2020

The following information outlines the training sessions offered by the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management Department. Click on each subject title to get information for the specific training along with the upcoming schedule. You may also sign-up or view training session pictures

Classroom Training Sessions
Subject Campus Date* Day Time* Building/Format
12-15 Passenger Van
New! Edinburg Feb 25 Tue 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. EEHSB 1.111
Arc Flash Awareness
Edinburg Nov 12 Tue 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EASFC Breakroom
Animal Research - Biological Safety Training
Brownsville Jan 15 Wed 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. BLHSB 1.602
Animal Research - Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Brownsville Jan 15 Wed 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. BLHSB 1.602
Asbestos Awareness
Edinburg Jul 18 Wed 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. EASFC Breakroom
Back Safety
New! Edinburg Sep 26 Thu 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. EEHSB 104
Basic Laboratory Safety / Hazard Communication
TBD
Bicycle Training for Parking and Transportation staff
New! Brownsville Mar 13 Fri 10:30 - 12:00 p.m. BVAQ A 1.113
Biological Safety (BSL-2)
Edinburg Feb 8 Thursday 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. EEHSB 104
Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3)
Edinburg Sep 26 Thu 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EEHSB 104
Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Annual Refresher
Harlingen Sep 14 Fri 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. HCEBL 1.132
Child Protection Training
TBD
Clinical Safety Training (Initial Bloodborne Pathogens Training)
Zoom Jul 6 Mon 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Video Conference
Zoom Jul 20 Mon 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Video Conference
Zoom Aug 3 Mon 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Video Conference
Construction Project Requirements
Edinburg Jan 28 Mon 12:00 - 1:30 pm EEHSB 104
Contractor Awareness
Brownsville Feb 27 Thu 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. BINAB 2.218
COVID-19 General Awareness
Zoom May 21 Thu 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Video Conference
CPR / AED (American Heart Association Basic Life Support - RGV CPR)
New! Edinburg Apr 10 Wed 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. EEHSB 104
Crowd Control
Canceled Brownsville Dec 11 Wed 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Canceled
Custodian Safety
New! Edinburg Apr 9 Mon 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EEHSB 104
Custodian Safety (Night shift)
TBD
Custodial Services: COVID-19 Awareness
New! Harlingen Mar 19 Thu 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. HCEBL 1.100
Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Transportation Annual Refresher (Veolia)
New! Edinburg Feb 19 Wed 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. EEHSB 104
Ergonomics
Edinburg Oct 24 Thu 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EEHSB 104
Evacuation Assistant / Fire Extinguisher
Zoom Jul 10 Fri 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Video Conference
Zoom Jul 15 Wed 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Video Conference
New! Zoom Jul 21 Tue 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Video Conference
Zoom Aug 5 Wed 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Video Conference
Zoom Aug 19 Wed 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Video Conference
Facilities New Employee Safety Orientation
Canceled Brownsville Mar 31 Tue TBD Canceled
Facilities Trade - AEEP
New! Edinburg Mar 30 Fri 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. EEHSB 104
Facilities Trade - MMP
TBD
Facilities Trade - PCCG
TBD
Fall Protection / Ladder Safety
Brownsville Dec 17 Tue 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. BINAB 1.206
Fall Protection with Demo Vehicle
Brownsville Mar 4 Wed 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. BASFC Lot
First Aid / CPR / AED
Canceled Edinburg Apr 17 Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Canceled
First Aid / CPR / AED (American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver - RGV CPR)
New! Brownsville Oct 28 Mon 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. BLHSB 2.604
Fire Extinguisher
Edinburg Sep 7 Sat 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EIEAB 1.206
Fire Safety (Student Organizations)
New! Edinburg Sep 29 Sat 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. ESCNE 1.603
Forklift Operator Training
Edinburg Jan 16 Thu 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. ECESS 1.235
Groundskeeping Safety
TBD
General Hazard Communication for Non-Lab Personnel
Updated Brownsville Oct 29 Tue 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. BINAB 1.220
HAZWOPER 40-Hour
Canceled Edinburg May 18 Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Canceled
HAZWOPER Refresher (Veolia)
Edinburg Feb 18 Tue 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EEHSB 104
Heat Stress
Brownsville Jun 20 Wed 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. BASFC Irg Conf.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in an Institutional Environment
Brownsville Dec 5 Wed 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. BLHSB 1.104
Introduction to EHSRM for New Employees
Zoom Jul 6 Mon 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Video Conference
Zoom Jul 20 Mon 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Video Conference
Zoom Aug 3 Mon 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Video Conference
Laboratory Safety / Hazard Communication Training
Edinburg Jan 8 Wed 11:10 - 12:00 p.m. ESCNE 2.288
Laboratory Safety for Minors
BLAST Edinburg Jul 13 Mon 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Canceled
STISD STEMS Edinburg Jul 20 Mon 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Canceled
Ladder Safety and Facilities Hazard Communication
Brownsville Apr 11 Wed 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. BASFC Lg. Conf.
Laser Safety
Edinburg Sep 12 Thu 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. EEHSB 104
Lift Operator Training (for Scissor, Boom or Aerial Lift)
New! Brownsville Nov 1 Fri 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. BASFC Conf Rm
Lock Out/Tag Out , PPE, Pinch Points
New! Edinburg Oct 17 Thu 7:45 - 9:15 a.m. EASFC Breakroom
Mercury Spill Response
Edinburg Jul 23 Tue 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. EEHSB 104
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
Canceled Edinburg Mar 11 Wed 8:15 - 9:45 a.m. Canceled
New Faculty Resource Fair
TBD
RCRA/DOT Refresher (Veolia)
Edinburg Feb 20 Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EEHSB 104
OSHA 10-Hour Construction
Canceled Edinburg Apr 29 Wed 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Canceled
Basic Radiation Safety - Radioactive Materials
New! Edinburg Feb 7 Thu 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. ESCNE 1.604
Radiation Safety Training: Industrial X-Ray Devices (Non-Human Use)
New! Edinburg Feb 7 Thu 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. ESCNE 1.604
Radiation Safety Training: Medical X-Ray Devices (Human Use)
New! Edinburg Feb 7 Thu 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. ESCNE 1.604
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Annual Refresher (Veolia)
New! Edinburg Feb 19 Wed 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EEHSB 104
Respiratory Protection Awareness (for Art department)
TBD
Rocket Safety Training
TBD
Stop The Bleed Training
Canceled Brownsville May 6 Wed 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  Canceled
Supervisor Series EHSRM
Brownsville Feb 22 Thursday 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Salon Cassia 2.402
UTS 157 Training
Canceled Brownsville Dec 19 Wed Canceled Canceled
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Refresher
New! Edinburg Oct 24 Thu 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. EEHSB 104
To register for any of the above training sessions, visit  www.utrgv.edu/training.

*Dates, times and locations are subject to change.

For description of each training, see below.


General Training Sessions

12-15 Passenger Van Training
As outlined in UTS157, operators of 12 and 15-passenger vans must have additional training on the safety and handling characteristics of 12 and 15-passenger vans. This training includes behind-the-wheel instruction.

Note: Total occupancy for a passenger van cannot be used to carry more than nine occupants (including the driver) at any one time, except as provided in the following sentence. At the discretion of the institution's CBO, an institution may use a 12 and 15-passenger van to carry between 10 and a maximum of 15 occupants (including the driver) on inner-campus, nonpublic streets only, provided that: (1) the van does not cross over or travel on public streets; and (2) the van is not driven at a speed in excess of the posted campus speed limit, or in excess of 15 mph if there is no posted campus speed limit.

Validation period: This training is valid for 3 years.

Sign-up: Contact Celia.Saenz@utrgv.edu to schedule a training.

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Arc Flash Awareness
This training course discusses the purpose and scope of the NFPA 70E standard, which is designed to help minimize the risk of employee injuries from electrical hazards and establish a safer workplace for employees who work on electrical equipment.

Originally developed at OSHA's request, NFPA 70E responds to the latest information about the effects of arc flash, arc blast, and direct current (dc) hazards, and recent developments in electrical design and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It provides vital information to help comply with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K, Electrical Standards for Construction and General Industry.

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Asbestos Awareness
This training is for maintenance and custodial staff involved in cleaning and minor maintenance tasks where Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) may be accidentally disturbed. Asbestos Awareness Training topics include:

  • Background information on asbestos
  • Health effects of asbestos
  • Worker protection programs
  • Locations of ACM in the building
  • Recognition of ACM damage and deterioration
  • The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program for that building

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Back Safety
Employees will learn to use smart lifting practices and work in their "power zone"; how to avoid back sprains, muscle pulls, wrist injuries, elbow injuries, spinal injuries, and other injuries caused by lifting heavy objects. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over 17 percent of all injuries resulting in missed workdays were related to back injuries. Sprain, strains and tears made up 36.4 percent of all injuries and illnesses during that year. Occupations that showed some of the highest incident numbers included laborers and freight, stock and material movers, janitors and cleaners, nursing assistants, police officers, general maintenance / repair workers, stock clerks, light truck / delivery services drivers.

Length of training: 1 hour.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Child Protection Training
All persons who will participate in a Campus Program for Minors must complete a state-approved training on sexual abuse and child molestation. All university employees, students, and volunteers are therefore required to complete UTRGV’s Child Protection Training prior to their participation in a campus program for minors.  This training will cover the following topics:

  • Definitions of the various forms of abuse
  • Signs and effects of abuse and molestation
  • Sexual offender behavior patterns and strategies
  • Steps for reporting known/suspected/reported abuse
  • Strategies for providing a safe environment for kids on campus.

Length of training: 1 hour.

Sign-up: This is offered online. View details about Child Protection Training.

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Community Gardening Safety Training
Gardening-related risks addressed in this training: Minor cuts and severe bleeding, muscle strains and joint pain, chemical exposure, spider/snake/insect/scorpion bites, mosquito and tick-borne diseases, heat stress and sunburn.

View instructions for online Community Gardening Safety Training.

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Construction Project Requirements
This training will focus on Construction Project Requirements, Concentrating on the Process. Subjects included: Asbestos, Posting/Barrier Requirements, Lighting and NFPA (Fire Alarms, Fire Protection Systems, Fire Extinguishers).

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Contractor Awareness Training
This training is required for all contractors and sub-contractors who conduct work on UTRGV campuses. Included in the training is UTRGV contractor expectations specific to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) rules, regulations and standards as well as internal policies related to security and parking. This class is not intended to replace the OSHA 30-hour training required for contractors who conduct work for UTRGV.

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COVID-19 General Awareness Training
This information is being provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS) and is designed to increase health and safety awareness for responders and workers with potential exposure to COVID-19.

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain basic facts about COVID-19.
  • Assess the risk of workplace exposure to COVID-19.
  • Define key steps in worker protection and infection control.
  • Identify methods to prevent and respond to COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.

Note: This presentation by itself is not sufficient training for personnel who have potential for occupational exposure to SARS Coronavirus-2. Please make arrangements through EHSRM for additional training as needed such as fit testing for N95 respirators or Custodial Services COVID-19 Decontamination Awareness Training.

Length of training: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Module 1 - 15 minutes
Module 2 - 15 minutes
Module 3 - 20 minutes
Module 4 - 30 minutes
Module 5 (Optional)

Sign-up: This training is offered via Blackboard.

  • View instructions to access the online COVID-19 Awareness Training
  • Vea las instrucciones para completar la capacitación de sensibilización general sobre COVID-19 en línea por Blackboard.

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Child Protection Training
All persons who will participate in a Campus Program for Minors must complete a state-approved training on sexual abuse and child molestation. All university employees, students, and volunteers are therefore required to complete UTRGV’s Child Protection Training prior to their participation in a campus program for minors.  This training will cover the following topics:

  • Definitions of the various forms of abuse
  • Signs and effects of abuse and molestation
  • Sexual offender behavior patterns and strategies
  • Steps for reporting known/suspected/reported abuse
  • Strategies for providing a safe environment for kids on campus.

Length of training: 1 hour.

Sign-up: This is offered online. View details about Child Protection Training.

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Crowd Control
Crowd control is required of those individuals who have been assigned/designated as crowd control for events with attendees of 250 persons and more. For every 250 participants, the event would require at least 2 trained crowd control managers.

Crowd control training defines a crowd control manager, their responsibilities with UTRGV during a large capacity event, and outlines various scenarios that may arise during an event and how to appropriately deal with such scenarios.

Length of training: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Validation Period: This training does not expire.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Custodial Services COVID-19 Decontamination Awareness Training
This training covers a brief overview of COVID-19 and outlines cleaning procedures and PPE use for Custodial Services personnel including donning and doffing procedures.

Topics covered include:

  • General Disinfection Procedures
  • Disinfection of School, Daycare Center, Office, or Other Facility that Does Not House People Overnight
  • Disinfection After Person Suspected or Known to have the Virus Has Entered Site

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Driver Safety Training

Driver Safety training is mandatory for all university employees whose job requires operating a motor vehicle to conduct university business. This training must be completed by appropriate personnel prior to driving a university owned or leased vehicle and/or utility vehicle (including golf carts). To successfully complete the Driver Safety training through Blackboard, the employee must first view the PowerPoint presentation and then achieve a score of 100% on the quiz. Note: In addition to this training, employees must submit an Application for Copy of Driver Record form to Amy.Nicolls@utrgv.edu with Campus Facilities Operations. Written authorization to drive is then sent via email based on the results of the MVR check.

Validation Period: This training is valid for 3 years.

Length of training: Varies. This is an online course via Blackboard.

Sign-up: This training is offered via Blackboard. View instructions to access the online Driver Safety Training

Driver Safety Training: Frequently Asked Questions.

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Ergonomics
This training will define and identify the principles of ergonomics and their applications. Participants will learn how to become more aware of work tasks that may lead to pain or injury and understand the importance of reporting and addressing early indications of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) before serious injuries develop.

Length of training: 1 hour.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Facilities New Employee Safety Orientation
This training is mandatory for all newly hired employees under Campus Facilities Operations. This training is required one-time only. Subjects covered: Proper use of PPE, Fire Extinguisher Awareness, Hazard Communication, Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness, Mold Awareness, Asbestos Awareness, Proper Lifting Techniques, Fall Protection, and Prevention of Slips, Trips, and Falls.

Length of training: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Facilities Trades (AEEP)
Required by all Campus Facilities Operations employees falling into these trade categories:
A/C, Electricians, Electronics and Preventive Maintenance (PM's).

Length of training: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Facilities Trades (PCCG)
Required by all Campus Facilities Operations employees falling into these trade categories:
Painters, Carpenters, Construction, General Services

Length of training: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Facilities Trades (MMP)
Required by all Campus Facilities Operations employees falling into these trade categories:

Mechanics, Masons, and Plumbers

Length of training: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Fall Protection
Fall-related injuries and fatalities are preventable. Fall hazards will be identified and addressed in two main ways:

  1. Fall prevention: preventing workers from falling by using engineering controls (e.g., guardrails and hole covers) or restraint systems.
  2. Fall arrest: preventing injury during and after a fall by using personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) or safety nets.

Employee will be able to recognizing fall hazards and plan to control them before work begins. This training will also focus on determining the best methods and equipment (e.g. fall arrest, fall restraint, ladder selection, etc.) for protecting workers during work activities at heights. Employee will also learn cleaning, maintenance, storage and how to inspect fall protection equipment. Emergency procedures by utilizing the EHSRM Rescue Plan will also be discussed.

Applies to Campus Facilities Operations, Facilities Planning and Construction, Information Technology, University Recreation, Environmental Health and Safety, Fine Arts, and Theatre Arts personnel. All are welcome to attend.

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Fall Protection with Demo Vehicle

Topics include:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of fall protection for Safety-At-Heights
    • Competent Person Definition
    • Regulatory Overview
    • OSHA Construction Standard Basics
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
    • Overview of fall protection systems
  • Overview of fall protection for Safety-At-Heights
    • Harness: Selection, inspection, fitting, proper use
    • Lanyard Subsystem: Single, twin, tie back, inspection, proper use
    • SRL Subsystem: Web versus cable, twin vs. single, inspection, proper use
    • Rope Grab Subsystem: Inspection, proper use
    • Anchorage Connectors: Straps, D-rings, Beam Grips, concrete anchors, roof anchors
    • Horizontal lifelines: Cable, rope, inspection, proper use
    • Anchorage: Types, strength requirements
  •  Total Fall Distance
    • How to calculate based on fall arrest system used
  • Travel Restraint Systems
    • Types, use and limitations, inspection
  • Climbing Systems
    • Types, use and limitations, inspection
  • Work Positioning Systems
    • Types, use and limitations, inspection
  • Rescue
    • Planning, time to injury, etrier, Rescue Utility System
  • Review of Key Concepts

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First Aid / CPR / AED Training
This hands-on class is designed by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. Skills covered include Checking a Responsive Person, Giving CPR to an Adult, Child, and Infant, Using an AED, Caring for an Adult, Child or Infant who is Choking, Using Direct Pressure to Control External Bleeding, and Removing Disposable Gloves. Other Topics covered include Burns, Heat Related Illnesses, Frostbite, Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Stroke, and Heart Attack.

This training is required for University Police, Child Care Providers, Summer Youth Program staff, Electricians and other High-Risk Facilities employees, Athletics Personnel, Shuttle Drivers, and Occupants in Remote Buildings. Recommended for building Evacuation Assistants. At least two (2) full-time employees working in an area equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be currently certified.

Length of training: 8 hours.

Validation Period: Participants who successfully complete all skills and participate in classroom activities will become certified for 2 years.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting. Approval from supervisor is required. Full-time employees may register through the UTRGV training services portal.

Versions: American Red Cross First Aid CPR/AED and American Heart Assoc. Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED (for lay rescuers).

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Forklift Operator Training
This hands-on training program is designed to assist the university employee in becoming a trained and authorized lift truck operator through a formal classroom training presentation, practical hands-on training with evaluation, and a written examination. Operators of powered industrial trucks must be fully trained and employer certified as required in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standard (29CFR 1910.178(l)(1)(i)). Required by Groundskeepers, Mechanics, Utilities, Construction, Fine Arts, Surplus, Stores and all other personnel who must perform tasks that require the use of a forklift.

Length of Training: Approximately 3 hours.

Validation Period: This training is required every 3 years.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

Note: A portion of this training will involve driving a forklift. Wear shoes appropriate for the operation of a vehicle.


Food Handler Training
Food Handler Training is mandatory for all food handlers of any UTRGV organization interested in distributing and/or selling food on campus. At least one participating student, faculty, or staff member per food-related event must represent their organization and act as Food Safety Leader or Person in Charge (PIC) at all times during the event. Food Handler Training topics include Foodborne Illness/Pathogens, Proper Food Handling, Safe Cooking Temperatures, Rules of Storage, and Emergency Procedures. 

Length of training: 6 hours.

Validation Period: This training is valid for 2 years.

Sign-up: This training is offered online via Blackboard. 

View instructions for the online Food Handler Training.

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Groundskeeping Safety Training
All groundskeepers are required to complete this training on an annual basis. Topics covered include Hazard Communication, Proper PPE Use, Respiratory Protection, Vehicle and Equipment Safety, Tree Trimming Safety, Brush Chipper Safety, Hand and Power Tool Safety, Irrigation and Hot Mix Safety, Dealing with Heat Stress, Proper Lifting Techniques, and Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls.

Length of training: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

Validation Period: This training is valid for 1 year.

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Heat Stress Training
The employee will learn to recognize safety and health hazards of working in high heat, factors that increase the risk of heat-related illness, signs and symptoms of illness, first aid and preventive measures that decrease the risk of heat-related illness.

Length of training: 1 hour.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Indoor Air Quality in an Institutional Environment
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of the air inside buildings as represented by concentrations of pollutants and thermal (temperature and relative humidity) conditions that affect the health, comfort and performance of occupants. The EPA estimates that poor IAQ or SBS results in 10 of billions of dollars a year in lost productivity due to absenteeism, and medical costs. The presentation is primarily for facilities personnel charged with maintaining and installing HVAC systems and outlines the EHSRM perspective. Included in the presentation is the role of the EHSRM in working with facilities to diagnose IAQ issues, the definition of a Sick Building, the types of surveys conducted to assess poor IAQ, regulations and guidelines applicable to IAQ in the workplace, mold sampling and analysis, and mold remediation.

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Lift Operator Training (for Scissor, Boom, or Aerial Lift)
Topics Covered: Regulatory requirements, Principles of the Aerial, Boom & Scissor Lift, Proper operation techniques, Inspection and maintenance, Fueling/Charging procedures; This training includes hands-on practice.

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Lock Out/ Tag Out
This training will establish the purpose for lockout/tagout and OSHA regulation. It will identify the key components of an energy control program and the key elements of a periodic inspection of the energy control device to restore energy and equipment. It will also identify steps to follow to perform testing or positioning on a piece of equipment being repaired and recognize the importance of best practices for the most effective lockout/tagout program implementation and operation.

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Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Training
MS4 Employee training program has been established to teach employees about storm water management, potential sources of contaminants, and Best Management Practices (BMPs); to instill personnel with a thorough understanding of UTRGV’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), including BMPs, processes and materials they are working with, practices for preventing discharges, and procedures for responding quickly and properly to toxic and hazardous materials incidents.

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OSHA 10-Hour Construction
Training topics include recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. This course focuses on federal OSHA construction industry standards. The participant must attend all sessions (total of ten hours) in order to become certified. Certification does not expire.

Students should be able to:

  1. Recognize what worker rights are protected under OSHA.
  2. Recognize what responsibilities an employer has under OSHA.
  3. Identify major fall hazards.
  4. Identify common caught-in or -between hazards.
  5. Identify common struck-by hazards.
  6. Identify types of electrocution hazards.
  7. Identify ways to select appropriate PPE and lifesaving equipment.
  8. Identify major health hazards common to the construction industry.
  9. Recognize how to protect oneself from material handling hazards.
  10. Identify major hand & power tool hazards.
  11. Recognize role of the workforce in improving the current culture.
  12. Recognize the role of management in improving the current culture.

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Rocket Safety Training
This training covers the requirements applicable to the launching of model rockets and high-power rockets to ensure compliance with compliance with FAA airspace rules. The NAR Model Rocket Safety Code follows Chapter 2 of NFPA Code 1122, Code for Model Rocketry while the NAR High Power Rocket Safety Code follows Chapter 2 of NFPA Code 1127, Code for High Power Rocketry. Included is Basic Fire Extinguisher Training.

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Stop The Bleed Training
Stop the Bleed® is a national awareness campaign that is intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency and to help make a difference between life and death. This bleed control basic training was developed by the American College of Surgeons and has been adopted by the Department of Homeland Security to teach the general public how to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This training includes hands-on demonstrations of how to control severe bleeding through direct pressure, the application of a tourniquet, as well as wound packing. This training will help university personnel and students utilize nearby Stop the Bleed kits that will be distributed to all UTRGV AED cabinets. All are welcome to attend. Class size is limited to 10 participants. Please register through the university training portal.

Length of training: 1.5 hours

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting.

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Fire Safety

Evacuation Assistant / Fire Extinguisher Training
Hands-on training for individuals assigned as building evacuation assistants. It also provides general fire extinguisher training.

Length of training: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Validation Period: This training is valid for 1 year.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting. 

View instructions for online Evacuation Assistant / Fire Extinguisher Refresher Training.

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Fire Extinguisher (Campus Community) Training
This is an informal fire safety training designed for the campus community. Participants will be instructed on the proper use of a fire extinguisher and will cover general fire safety. This class is required for students operating food booths with an open flame. Please note that this training alone does not meet training requirements for evacuation assistants.

Length of training: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting. 

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Hazardous Materials Training Sessions

Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Transportation Annual Refresher

Veolia's Hazardous Materials Transportation Initial - Refresher course complies with DOT training requirements stated in 49 CFR 172.704 and covers general awareness/familiarization training and safety training for all HazMat employees. This session also covers Hazardous Materials Security training. Please note that this course focuses on the requirements for carriage by public highway. It does not cover training required for air shipment of dangerous goods or modal-specific training for carriage by rail or vessel.

Veolia's Hazardous Materials Transportation Initial - Refresher training course focuses on the following topics:

  • Introduction and general awareness
  • Hazardous material classification
  • Shipping paper information
  • Marking and labeling
  • Performance-oriented packaging
  • Placarding
  • Hazardous materials security
  • Loading and unloading hazardous materials
  • Hazard awareness, assessment and prevention
  • DOT emergency response

Who should attend

  • HazMat employees
  • Employees who affect hazardous materials in transportation
  • Drivers, dock workers, shipping clerks, hazardous waste employees
  • Anyone who signs a manifest

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General Hazard Communication for Non-Laboratory Personnel
This training is mandated for all UTRGV employees working with chemicals in a non-laboratory setting (Pool maintenance, police, shipping & receiving, etc.). This training includes the recognition and control of Chemical Hazards, Proper PPE Use, Engineering Controls, GHS Labeling, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), Classification of Hazard Types, Waste Disposal, and Emergency Response.

This training is required initially for all personnel prior to working with hazardous chemicals and on as-needed basis thereafter, specifically “when the potential for exposure to hazardous chemicals in the employee's work area increases significantly or when the employer receives new and significant information concerning the hazards of a chemical in the employee's work area.

Length of training: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Sign-up: This training is available online via Blackboard. 

View instructions for the online General Hazard Communication for Non-Laboratory Personnel training.

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Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) Refresher

Veolia's First Responder Operations Level - HAZWOPER Refresher course complies with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 and is for responders who are part of the initial site response to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property or the environment.

Veolia's First Responder Operations Level - HAZWOPER Refresher training course focuses on the following topics:

  • Hazard awareness
  • Toxic substances
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection
  • Air monitoring equipment
  • Survey and reconnaissance
  • Site control work zones
  • Confinement and containment
  • Decontamination
  • Practical exercise

Who should attend

Initial Course:

  • Emergency Response employees that provide initial defensive action (turning on/off equipment, HVAC, valves, covering drains, etc.)

Refresher Course:

  • HAZWOPER trained personnel including, but not limited to: First Responder Operations Level, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Specialist, On-Scene Incident Commander
  • Employees who work on contaminated sites including, but not limited to: those exposed to hazardous substances, Superfund site workers, general site workers engaged in hazardous substance removal, occasional workers with no exposure, regular workers with no exposure and site management

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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Annual Refresher

Veolia's Hazardous Waste Management Initial - Annual Refresher Training course complies with EPA training requirements stated in 40 CFR 265.16 for all employees who manage hazardous waste.

Veolia's Hazardous Waste Management Initial - Annual Refresher training course focuses on the following topics:

  • Introduction to RCRA
  • Waste identification and classification
  • Generator requirements
  • Transportation of hazardous waste
  • Land disposal restrictions
  • Disposal site technology
  • Enforcement
  • Regulatory Trends

Who should attend:

  • Facility personnel involved in hazardous waste management
  • Laboratory personnel
  • Employees who accumulate hazardous waste

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Laboratory Safety Training Sessions

Animal Research - Biological Safety Training: This training is additional to the Animal Occupational Health Safety Training General and is mandated for all persons involved in animal research or teaching related activities that involve the introduction of BSL-2 agents in animals or work with animals that are inherently infectious. Personnel included are those involved in the direct care of animals and their housing quarters as well as those individuals who have direct contact with animals (live or dead). Training is provided on an as needed basis. Training is in person only.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting. Live Training Registration: www.utrgv.edu/training

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Animal Research - Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) - General: This training is mandated for all persons involved in research or teaching related activities involving vertebrate animals. Animal contact is defined as contact with animals or animal tissues. Personnel included are those involved in the direct care of animals and their housing quarters as well as those individuals who have direct contact with animals (live or dead), their viable or unfixed tissues, body fluids or wastes. Training is provided on an as needed basis and is available online.

Sign-up: This training is available online via Blackboard. 

View instructions for the online Animal Care OHS Training.

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Basic Laboratory Safety / Hazard Communication Training
This is a mandated course for all UTRGV laboratory personnel (faculty, staff, students, and volunteers) who work with chemical agents in a laboratory environment. This training includes the recognition and control of Chemical Hazards; proper PPE use; Engineering Controls; GHS Labeling, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) , Classification of Hazard Types; Waste Disposal, and Emergency Response. This class meets the requirements outlined in the OSHA Laboratory Standard 29CFR 1910.45, and Chapter 502 of the Texas Health and Safety Code entitled The Hazard Communication Act.

Length of training: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Frequency: This training is required initially for all personnel prior to working with hazardous chemicals and on as needed basis thereafter, specifically when the potential for exposure to hazardous chemicals in the employee's work area increases significantly or when the employer receives new and significant information concerning the hazards of a chemical in the employee's work area.

Sign-up: This training is offered via Blackboard to UTRGV personnel. High school students and volunteers are mandated to attend this training in a classroom setting.

Instructions:

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Biological Safety (BSL-2) Training
This course is designed specifically for UTRGV research laboratory personnel (faculty, staff, students and volunteers) working with any of the following:

  1. Infectious Agents – Risk Group II and Above
  2. Human blood, bodily fluids, tissues, human cell lines
  3. DNA – risk group II and above

and satisfies both the NIH and CDC annual biosafety training requirements outlined in the current edition of Biosafety in the Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) and the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA. All employees, students and volunteers are required to attend this training prior to initial assignment to duties that place them at risk of exposure to infectious agents, and on an annual basis.

Length of training: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Frequency: Yearly as per NIH and CDC biosafety training requirements.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting and also online via Blackboard. Live Training Registration: www.utrgv.edu/training.

View instructions for the online Biological Safety (BSL-2) Training.

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Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Training
This training is applicable to clinical, diagnostic, teaching, research, or production facilities where work is performed with indigenous or exotic agents that may cause serious or potentially lethal disease through the inhalation route of exposure. This training ensures that lab personnel are aware of the hazards to prevent exposure and are familiar with safety work procedures, emergency procedures and how to protect themselves, their colleagues, and the environment from potential exposure.

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Bloodborne Pathogens Annual Refresher
This course is designed for UTRGV employees working in a clinical environment and is also applicable to childcare staff and first responders. Topics include Bloodborne pathogen safety requirements, definitions, epidemiology and risk, control methods, biological waste, and emergency response.

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CITI Program
The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is a leading provider of research education content such as Animal and Care Use, Good Laboratory Practice, Human Subjects Research, and more. Personnel who are listed on an approved Institutional Biological Safety Protocol are mandated to attend Biological Safety Training under this program.

Read more details about the online CITI Program.

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Biological Safety (BSL-2) Training
This course is designed specifically for UTRGV research laboratory personnel (faculty, staff, students and volunteers) working with any of the following:

  1. 1. Infectious Agents – Risk Group II and Above
  2. Human blood, bodily fluids, tissues, human cell lines
  3. rDNA – risk group II and above

and satisfies both the NIH and CDC annual biosafety training requirements outlined in the current edition of Biosafety in the Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) and the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA. All employees, students and volunteers are required to attend this training prior to initial assignment to duties that place them at risk of exposure to infectious agents, and on an annual basis.

Length of training: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Frequency: Yearly as per NIH and CDC biosafety training requirements.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting and also online via Blackboard. Live Training Registration: www.utrgv.edu/training.

View instructions for the online Biological Safety (BSL-2) Training.

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Clinical Safety Training (Initial Bloodborne Pathogens Training)
This course is designed for UTRGV employees working in a clinical environment and is also applicable to childcare staff and first responders. Topics include Bloodborne pathogen safety requirements, definitions, epidemiology and risk, control methods, biological waste, and emergency response.

Length of training: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Validation Period: This training is valid for 1 year.

Sign-up: This training is offered in a classroom setting and also online via Blackboard. Live Training Registration: www.utrgv.edu/training.

View instructions for the online Clinical Safety Training.

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Mercury Spill Response
This training is mandatory for all EHSRM staff. Subjects covered: History of Mercury; Forms of Mercury; Releases; Exposure; Bulb Crushing; Mercury Vapor Analyzer; Recovery Vacuum; Spill Response; Mercury Disposal. A tabletop exercise will be performed at the end of class.

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Safety Training
Superconducting magnets, such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment, pose unique safety concerns. These concerns include cryogen safety, strong magnetic fields and the potential for creation of oxygen deficient atmospheres. This training is required for all personnel utilizing or supervising personnel who use the NMR.

This training does not supersede the requirement for specific training applicable to the procedural use of the NMR.

View instructions for the online NMR Safety Training.

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Radiation Safety Training Sessions

Basic Laser Safety Training

This class is mandated for all users of Class 3B, 3R and 4 laser users and recommended for all laser users. The laser safety training course is designed to instruct users on required topics as established by ANSI Z136.1 - 2007. Students will be required to complete an exam at the end of the class. A certificate of completion will be issued to each student.

Length of training: 1.5 hours

Sign-up: This course is offered in a classroom setting.

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Basic Radiation Safety Training - Radioactive Materials
This course is required for all UTRGV laboratory personnel working with licensed sources of radioactive materials. This includes both sealed and loose forms (gas or liquid) of radiation. Topics covered include: Fundamentals of Radiation, Units, Biological Effects, ALARA, Dosimetry, Dose Limits, Waste Procedures, Forms, Required Postings and Emergency Procedures. This course includes a brief examination at the conclusion. A certificate of completion will be issued to each student.

Length of training: 4 hours.

Sign-up: This training is required to be taken in a classroom setting. Classes can be arranged by contacting the Radiation Safety Officer, Dr. Richard Costello at (956) 665-3690 or Richard.Costello@utrgv.edu.

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Radiation Safety Training: Industrial X-Ray Devices (Non-Human Use)
This course is mandated for UTRGV laboratory personnel working with radiation producing devices (x-ray sources) for non-human use. Topics covered include: Fundamentals of Radiation, Units, Biological Effects, ALARA, Dosimetry, Dose Limits, Forms, Required Postings and Emergency Procedures. Students will be required to complete an exam at the end of the class. A certificate of completion will be issued to each student.

Note: This course is not designed for personnel working with loose forms of radioactive materials or sealed sources.

Length of training: 1 hour.

Sign-up: This training is offered both online and in a classroom setting. Classes can be arranged by contacting the Radiation Safety Officer, Dr. Richard Costello at (956) 665-3690 or Richard.Costello@utrgv.edu.

View instructions for the online X-Ray Radiation Safety Training.

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Radiation Safety Training: Medical X-Ray Devices (Human Use)
This course is mandated for UTRGV personnel (radiological technologists, physicians, etc.) who utilize radiation producing devices (X-ray devices) in a Medical Environment.  Topics covered include: Fundamentals of Radiation, Units, Biological Effects, ALARA, Dosimetry, Dose Limits, Required Postings, Emergency Procedures and methods for protecting both the employee and the patient from excess radiation exposure.  Students will be required to complete an exam at the end of the class.  A certificate of completion will be issued to each student.

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Risk Management and Insurance

Workers' Compensation Insurance (WCI)

This training will define Workers' Compensation Insurance (WCI) and cover employee, supervisor, and employer responsibilities, how to navigate the doctor/medical provider network, how to fill out a First Report of Injury or Illness form, the return to work program, filing deadlines, and related topics.

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