Here at the URI Environmental Health and Safety Department, we offer various seminars and training classes to educate people about waste management, lab safety, hazard communications, and more. A complete description of each course and the upcoming course dates and times appear below. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a training for your department.
NEW NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
Research involving the use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids is regulated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) detail safety practices and containment procedures for basic and clinical research where these materials are used, including the creation and use of organisms and viruses that contain recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. This training will provide the information you need to understand individual responsibilities, effectively implement the NIH Guidelines, and develop procedures for safe handling of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids.
Target Audience: Researchers using recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids.
Instructor: Dr. Ted Myatt
Date/Time: September 23, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 pm Memorial Union 318
September 23 at 2 pm, Room 318 Memorial Union, Dr. Ted Myatt
COMPRESSED GAS & LIQUID NITROGEN SAFETY
Compressed Gas & Liquid Nitrogen Safety: Ralph Nigro, Airgas Specialty Gas Specialist
The new Airgas online ordering system: Beth Naser, Airgas eBusiness Manager
The gas safety class is required for all who work with compressed gases or liquid nitrogen, including summer research fellows. The online ordering module is required for those who are responsible for ordering.
LOCATION: Pharmacy Auditorium
Date/Time: June 10, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Pharmacy Auditorium
Another session will be posted when the on-line ordering system becomes available.
INITIAL: LAB SAFETY AND HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT
This course is an introduction for new employees and students who work in a laboratory and use chemicals. It presents an overview of chemical and biological waste management, with a focus on protecting individuals and the environment from exposure to hazards. A comprehensive section on managing chemical risk in the lab is included. This course is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and the University Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP). (Previously titled Initial: Environmental Awareness and Hazardous Waste Management)
Target Audience: New employees and students who work in a laboratory and use chemicals.
Instructor: Connie Heird
March 12, 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am Memorial Union Room 354
May 13, 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am Memorial Union Room 318
June 24, 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am Memorial Union Room 318
July 22, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Memorial Union Room 354
REFRESHER: PRUDENT PRACTICES IN THE LABORATORY AND HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT
This course provides annual refresher training, presents prudent practices of good laboratory management, and reviews the principles of correct hazardous waste management. This course provides updated information and procedures each academic year as well as additional advanced topics to build on the information provided in the initial training. This training is required annually by EPA, RIDEM and the University CHP. (Previously titled Refresher: Prudent Practices and Laboratory Waste Management)
Target Audience: Required for all employees and students who work in a laboratory setting using chemicals and who have completed the initial class.
Instructor: Barbara Ray
January 20, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Memorial Union Room 318
February 19, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Memorial Union Room 318
March 11, 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am Memorial Union Room 318
April 14, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Memorial Union Room 318
April 21, 2015 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Weaver Auditorium, Coastal Inst.
May 13, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Memorial Union Room 318
June 30, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Memorial Union Room 318-CANCELLED
July 22, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Memorial Union Room 318
BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS AND BIOSAFETY
This class has now been divided into 2 levels.
INITIAL: BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS AND BIOSAFETY
This class will introduce the University’s Biosafety Manual, the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and Exposure Control Plan and Biosafety SOPs.
Target Audience: For researchers who work with human-derived materials, including blood, tissues and cell cultures, and Biosafety-Level 2 agents.
Instructor: Connie Heird
Classes will be taught in summer 2015.
REFRESHER: BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS AND BIOSAFETY
This class will cover the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and Exposure Control Plan (required annually by OSHA), as well as work practices and PPE used to work safely at Biosafety Levels 1 and 2. Incident response and emergency spill clean up protocols will also be reviewed.
Target Audience: Required for all employees and students who work in a laboratory setting with bloodborne pathogens and BSL-2 Agents and who have completed the initial class.
Instructor: Connie Heird
March 19, 2015 10:00 am -11:30 am Pharmacy Room 130
March 20, 2015 10:00 am -11:30 am Pharmacy Room 130
ZOONOTIC DISEASES NEW
This class is recommended for those who do fieldwork or work with animals and have risk for exposure to zoonotic diseases: ticks, mosquitoes, farm animals, fish, rodents, wild mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds or marine mammals.
CONDUCTING FIELD RESEARCH SAFELY NEW
Topics covered will include an introduction to the US Geological Survey Field Safety Manual, time management, personal safety, Zoonotic diseases including tick-borne diseases, risk assessments, field and campus emergencies including the “Run,Hide, Fight” emergency preparedness video, and weather (lightning,heat, cold)
Target Audience: This class is strongly recommended for everyone doing field research during the semester or over the summer and also provides useful information for hikers and backpackers.
Instructor: Connie Heird
April 15, 2015 2:00-3:30 pm Memorial Union 318
April 16, 2015 2:00-3:30 pm Memorial Union 318 _________________________________________________________________
HAZARD COMMUNICATION AND RIGHT TO KNOW
You have a right to know about the hazardous substances you use or come in contact with at work. Understand the potential hazards of the chemicals around you and learn how to reduce the risks involved in working with hazardous substances. All employees who work near, around or with chemicals must be trained annually as required by the Rhode Island Department of Labor (RIDOL) Right to Know Law.
Target Audience: Required for all those who work or come into contact with hazardous chemicals in the course of their job outside of a laboratory setting. Examples are: Facilities Maintenance, Custodial Services, Dining Services, Printing Services
Hazard Communication and Right-to-Know
Fire Extinguisher Training
Note: This training consists of a classroom lecture followed by hands-on training with a fire extinguisher training simulator. The fire extinguisher training portion will be conducted outdoors, please dress appropriately.
Shop Safety (Machine Shop, Lockout/Tagout, Electrical, Confined Space Entry, etc)