Required Safety Training

Select a topic for details on regulatory requirements:

  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Back / Lifting Safety
  • Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
  • Electrical Safety
  • Fall Protection Program
  • Hand & Power Tools
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hot Work Permit Program
  • Ladder Safety
  • Lead in Construction
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Powered Platforms, Man lifts, and Vehicle Mounted Work Platforms
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Scaffolding

Request Training:
To request training on any of these topics, please contact Marilyn Baker by phone at 656-2454 or e-mail mbaker@uvm.edu

 

Asbestos Awareness

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.1001(j)(7)(i)-(iii)A-H

Frequency: Initial with annual retraining

Target Audience: Any employee who works in locations where they may be exposed to asbestos above the PEL. This includes housekeeping personnel who work in areas containing asbestos containing material.

Class Description:
Training for employees who operate in an area which contains either Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) or Presumed Asbestos Containing Material (PACM) must include, but is not limited to the following:

  • health effects of asbestos, locations of ACM and PACM in the building ⁄ facility
  • recognition of ACM and PACM damage and deterioration
  • proper response to fiber release episodes

Back / Lifting Safety

Required by: UE Labor/Management Contract Side Letter

Frequency: Initial with annual retraining

Target Audience: All Employees

Class Description: Class covers back injuries, how they occur, contributing factors and methods of prevention.

 

Permit-Required Confined Space Entry

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.146

Frequency: Initially upon employment, upon a change in assigned duties, upon a change in permit space operations presenting a hazard about which an employee has not previously been trained, whenever there are changes in the permitting procedures, or if there are inadequacies in the employee’s knowledge or use of procedures.

Target Audience: Any employee whose job requires supervisory duties or entry into permit-required confined spaces.

Class Description: Class covers the responsibilities and duties of authorized entrants, attendants, entry supervisors, and rescue and emergency services, evaluation of a Permit Required Confined Space, entry procedures, use of monitoring equipment, rescue procedures and equipment set-up, supplied air, SCBA and respirator use.

Electrical Safety

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.332; OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 (a) (2); OSHA 29 CFR 1910.268 (c)

Frequency: Initial with annual retraining

Target Audience: Employees in occupations listed below are required to be trained. Other employees who also may reasonably be expected to face comparable risk of injury due to electric shock or other electrical hazards must also be trained.

Occupations:
Supervisors, Electrical and electronic engineers, Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers, Electrical and electronic technicians, Electricians, Industrial machine operators, Material handling equipment operators, Mechanics and repairers, Painters, Riggers and roustabouts, Stationary engineers, Welders

Class Description:
Training includes skills and techniques:

  • necessary to distinguish exposed live parts from other parts of electric equipment.
  • necessary to determine the nominal voltage of exposed live parts, and
  • specified in 1910.333(c) and the corresponding voltages to which the qualified person will be exposed.

Fall Protection Program

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D Walking/Working Surfaces and OSHA 1926 Subpart M Fall Protection

Frequency: Initially, Refresher training must be attended annually or more frequently when the employer has reason to believe that any affected employee who has already been trained does not have the understanding and skills required.

Target Audience: All employees who might be exposed to fall hazards.

Class Description: The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.

 

Hand & Power Tools

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1926.302(e)(1) and (12), 1926.304(f)

Frequency: Initial

Target Audience: All personnel who use hand and/or power tools. (This includes several landscaping items such as leaf-blowers, lawnmowers, etc.) Standards specifically address powder actuated tools and woodworking tools.

Class Description:
Employees should be trained in the proper use of all tools. Workers should be able to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions necessary.

Powder-actuated tools used by employees shall meet all other applicable requirements of American National Standards Institute A10.3-1970, Safety Requirements for Explosive-Actuated Fastening Tools.

All woodworking tools and machinery shall meet other applicable requirements of American National Standards Institute, 01.1-1961, Safety Code for Woodworking Machinery from ANSI Standard 01.1-1961, Selection and Training of Operators. Before a worker is permitted to operate any woodworking machine, he shall receive instructions in the hazards of the machine and the safe method of its operation. (Refer to A9.7 of the Appendix.)

  1. Learn the machine’s applications and limitations, as well as the specific potential hazards peculiar to this machine. Follow available operating instructions and safety rules carefully.
  2. Keep working area clean and be sure adequate lighting is available.
  3. Do not wear loose clothing, gloves, bracelets, necklaces, or ornaments. Wear face, eye, ear, respiratory, and body protection devices, as indicated for the operation or environment.
  4. Do not use cutting tools larger or heavier than the machine is designed to accommodate. Never operate a cutting tool at greater speed than recommended.
  5. Keep hands well away from saw blades and other cutting tools. Use a push stock or push block to hold or guide the work when working close to cutting tool.
  6. Whenever possible, use properly locked clamps, jig, or vise to hold the work.
  7. Combs (feather boards) shall be provided for use when an applicable guard cannot be used.
  8. Never stand directly in line with a horizontally rotating cutting tool. This is particularly true when first starting a new tool, or a new tool is initially installed on the arbor.
  9. Be sure the power is disconnected from the machine before tools are serviced.
  10. Never leave the machine with the power on.
  11. Be positive that hold-downs and antikickback devices are positioned properly, and that the workpiece is being fed through the cutting tool in the right direction.
  12. Do not use a dull, gummy, bent, or cracked cutting tool.
  13. Be sure that keys and adjusting wrenches have been removed before turning power on.
  14. Use only accessories designed for the machine.
  15. Adjust the machine for minimum exposure of cutting tool necessary to perform the operation.

Hazard Communication

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200

Frequency: Initial with annual retraining

Target Audience: All employees who work with or work in an area where hazardous chemicals are used.

Class Description: Class covers the location and availability of the program, the use of MSDS, flammable and combustible liquids, protection measures and appropriate emergency actions and contacts.

Hot Work Permit Program

Required by: UVM Policy based on NFPA51b (Offered annually by Life Safety and the Fire Marshal’s Office)

Frequency: Initially, Refresher training must be attended annually including Fire Extinguisher Training. Additional re-training is required whenever there is a change in job assignments or change in the Hot Work Permit procedure/program, or whenever there is a reason to believe that an employee has not followed the required hot work procedures.

Target Audience: All employees involved in hot work including Supervisors, Permit Authorizing Individuals, Hot Work operators and Fire Watch personnel.

Class Description: Class covers the permit process including: Pre-permit inspection, fire watcher responsibilities, supervisor and project coordinator responsibilities, and hot work procedures.

Ladder Safety

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1926.1060

Frequency: Initial before assignment and as necessary thereafter

Target Audience: Employees performing construction related activities (building, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating) that use ladders or stairways (non-permanent structures use to access elevated areas/surfaces)

Class Description: The class will cover the nature of fall hazards in the work area, the correct procedures to be used in erecting, maintaining and disassembling the fall protection system used, the proper construction, use, placement, and care in handling of all stairway and ladders, the maximum carrying capacities of ladders used and the applicable regulatory standards.

Lead in Construction

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1926.62(i)

Frequency: Initial with annual retraining.

Target Audience: Each employee who is subject to lead exposure at or above the action level on any day.

Class Description: Class covers the content of the standard, nature of operations which could result in exposure, medical surveillance program, health effects and engineering controls.

Lockout/Tagout

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.147

Frequency: Initial with annual retraining

Target Audience: Any employee servicing or maintaining machines & equipment in which the unexpected energization or startup of the machine/equipment or release of stored energy could cause injury to employees.

Class Description: The methods of Lockout/Tagout (LO/TO) to assure that their function or purpose are understood and the application, usage, and removal of the controls are understood.

Personal Protective Equipment

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.132 (f)

Frequency: Initially when required to wear PPE and as necessary.

Target Audience: Any employee who is required to use personal protective equipment during employment.

Class Description:
The employer shall provide training to each employee who is required to use PPE. Training must include the following:

  • When PPE is necessary;
  • What PPE is necessary;
  • How to properly don, doff, adjust, and wear PPE;
  • The limitations of the PPE; and,
  • The proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of the PPE

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.157 (Offered annually by Life Safety and the Fire Marshal’s Office)

Frequency: Initial with annual retraining.

Target Audience: All employees where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers in the workplace.

Class Description: Class covers the types and classes of fire, fire extinguishers, selection and proper usage utilizing PASS. Class also provides hands on usage of extinguishers.

Powered Industrial Trucks

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.178(l)

Frequency: Initial with refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, shall be conducted as required to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely. An evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator’s performance shall be conducted at least once every three years.

Target Audience: Operators of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.

Class Description: Trained operators must know how to do the job properly and do it safely as demonstrated by workplace evaluation.

Powered Platforms, Man lifts, and Vehicle Mounted Work Platforms

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart F

Frequency: Initial with Periodic retraining

Target Audience: All employees who operate working platforms.

Class Description: Course covers recognition of and preventative measures for hazards associated with use. Includes provisions to the particular working platforms to be operated. Personal fall arrest systems use care and inspection.

Respiratory Protection

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1910.134

Frequency: Initial with annual retraining

Target Audience: Individuals who’s work assignment requires the use of respiratory protection.
(Individuals who wear disposable respirators only can obtain training online)

Class Description: Class includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • why the respirator is necessary and how improper fit, use, or maintenance can compromise the protective effect of the respirator
  • limitations and capabilities of the respirator
  • use in emergency situations
  • how to inspect, put on and remove, use and check the seals
  • procedures for maintenance and storage
  • recognition of medical signs and symptoms that may limit orprevent effective use
  • general requirements of this standard

Scaffolding

Required by: VOSHA 29 CFR 1926.454 (a)(1)-(5), (b)(1)-(4), (c)(1)-(3)

Frequency: Initial before assignment and when scaffolding changes or conditions change that the employee has not been previously trained.

Target Audience: Employees performing construction related activities (building, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating) that perform work on a scaffold.

Class Description: The class covers the nature of electrical hazards, fall hazards, and falling object hazards, the correct procedures for dealing with these hazards, the correct procedures for erecting ,maintaining and disassembling fall protection system, proper use of the scaffold and the proper handling of materials on the scaffold, the design criteria, maximum intended load-carrying capacity, and intended use of the scaffold.