The Environmental Health and Safety Office provides and coordinates comprehensive environmental, health, and safety programs and services that minimize EHS related risks to the College community. Programs will adhere to local, state, federal and industry standards and regulations.
Information and Training:
- Provides how programs work and how to carry out assigned responsibilities
- How to recognize hazards and understand control measures in place to mitigate hazards
1. Science Center Safety Training:
- In Teaching Labs: Information and training is provided by Instructors and Faculty for the course.
- In Research Labs: All students will need General Lab Safety Training. The PI will inform students of further trainings that may apply such as biosafety, laser safety or working with animals.
- Frequency: Annual for all safety training.
- Method: The first training session should be classroom-based. Afterwards, students should attend scheduled classroom training or, if available, online safety training.
- Student Workers: Training will be assigned by the supervisor.
Faculty and Staff in Research and Teaching Laboratories
Faculty and staff are required to take applicable safety training every 3 years.
Training available through scheduled live training or online through CITI training.
Online Citi Research Laboratory Safety training for faculty, staff and students – follow these steps:
- Go to the Citi training page
- Click on the login button (top right). If you don't have an account, click on "Register" to create an account.
- After you login, select "Wellesley College courses." This shows the courses you have completed, plus provides a list of additional tasks you can perform.
Refer to the Office of Sponsored Research and EHS Laboratory Safety Training Policy for specific training programs available on CITI. For example, General Lab Safety is entitled "Lab Chemical Safety" on CITI and has 10 modules.
2. Required OSHA, EPA and other Training for Applicable Faculty and Staff
Safety Skills On-Line Training Program - Access
- Asbestos Awareness - annual for most Facilities personnel
- Fall Protection - upon hire for anyone accessing heights
- Hazard Communication - upon hire & periodically for employees using chemicals
- Bloodborne Pathogens - annual for employees who may come into contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
- Hearing Program - annual for employees exposed to noise levels exceeding OSHA levels
- Lockout Tagout - upon hire & periodically for many Facilities personnel
- Confined Space - upon hire & periodically for many Facilities personnel
- Respiratory Protection - annually for employees using respirators
- Emergency Evacuation Procedures - annually for all employees
- Fire Extinguisher Operation - annually for employees who may use a fire extinguisher
- Personal Protective Equipment - on hire & periodically for employees who use PPE (hand, eye, head, foot, etc)
- Spills (SPCC, hazwoper, etc) - upon hire & periodically for employees who may respond to spills
- Waste Management (hazardous chemical, biological and universal wastes) - upon hire & periodically for employees who generate waste
- Hazmat in Building Materials - annual for most Facilities personnel
- Many others depending on job tasks.
3. Employees are to be Certified/Manager Approved Prior to Conducting the Following Activities:
- Operating Forklifts
- Powered Industrial Vehicles & Aerial Lifts
- Application of Pesticides
- Removing Asbestos or Lead
- Working on Roofs
- Shipping Hazardous Materials
- Driving a Vehicle over 10K pounds or with 15 or more Passengers or with Hazardous Materials
- Many others depending on job tasks.
For any questions or to arrange a department specific training contact EH&S at x3882 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Hot Work Training and Certification (NFPA)
Other Web-Based Training
Yale University Office of EH&S videos
- Effective use of a Biosafety Cabinet (10:35)
- Cleaning up a Blood Spill (3:37)
- Animal Biosafety at BL1 (10:32), 2 (19:44) or 3 (22:33)
- Laboratory Waste Essential Practices (10:51)
- Art Safety - a six step process (20:40)
- Library New Hire Safety Training (21:12)
- Custodial Ergonomics (7:54)
- Center for Disease Control Lab Trainings
- Respiratory Safety and The Difference Between Respirators and Surgical Masks (Version en español)
- National Safety Council Training Webpage: offers Driver Improvement, First Aid & CPR, and Workplace Safety training, with several courses available in Spanish.
- OSHA New England Training Institute: offers safety training and certificate programs with on-site and open enrollment in General Industry, Construction, Maritime, Disaster Site Work, and Industrial Hygiene.
- OSHA Multimedia Programs are interactive Web-based training programs with videos, questions, and advice that include:
- Ammonia Refrigeration
- Back Safety
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Crane, Derrick and Hoist Safety
- Eye and Face Protection
- Fall Protection
- Forklift Safety and Operation
- Hazard Communication
- OSHA Policy and Procedure
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Process Safety Management
- Sampling and Analysis
- Silica, Crystalline
- Teen Employment
- Workplace Violence