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Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) provides a variety of instructor-led safety courses. Some are regularly scheduled each month, while other courses are available upon request. If the safety course you are looking for is not listed below, please contact 919-962-5507 for assistance. You do not need to register to attend. Use the UNC-Chapel Hill maps website to find the listed location on campus.

Please Note: parking permits are not available. Employees must use a state vehicle, service permit or make special arrangements with their department.

Employee Orientation for Clinic Environment

The course is designed to satisfy the JCAHO and OSHA requirements by familiarizing clinic employees, including physicians, nurses, nurse’s aides, and medical students in general safety procedures utilized in clinic settings. The topics cover include the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen and TB standards; universal precautions; personal protective equipment to prevent exposures. Monitoring methods and medical surveillance procedures are also reviewed. Building evacuation plans and fire prevention strategies are introduced in the session.

Annual Bloodborne Pathogens/Tuberculosis Update

This refresher course is designed to satisfy the JCAHO and OSHA requirements by a review of general universal precautions utilized in clinic settings, personal protective equipment use, and the requirements of the OSHA regulation. Monitoring methods and medical surveillance procedures are also reviewed. The TB section provides employees with an understanding of the recommendations of the CDC for prevention guidelines. Attendees will review the epidemiology of TB in the general population and higher risk occupational settings, along with signs and symptoms of the disease. This requirement can also be met via a self-training program located on the Self-Study Units webpage. To request instructor-led Bloodborne Pathogen training, please call the Biosafety Specialist at 919-962-5712.

Employee Orientation for Laboratory Environment

The course is designed to satisfy the OSHA Laboratory Standard and EPA Hazardous Waste Management requirements by familiarizing laboratory personnel in general safety procedures for laboratories. The course covers chemical hazards and personal protective equipment to prevent exposures along with monitoring methods and medical surveillance. Building evacuation plans, fire prevention strategies and fire extinguisher use are also introduced in the session. To request instructor-led training, please contact EHS at 919-962-5507.

Employee Orientation for Office Environment

University Environment, Health and Safety policies and procedures are reviewed during the training session, in addition to emergency procedures to satisfy State workplace safety requirements. Although this course primarily focuses on ergonomics of the computer workstation, anybody designated in that environment should attend. Attendees learn to work in “neutral positions” and incorporate skills into their work habits which can prevent health problems associated with the office environment. Supervisors learn what to look for and how to correct workstations. To request instructor-led training, please contact EHS at 919-962-5507.

Employee Orientation for Support Services/Industrial Maintenance and Constructions (IMAC) Environment

The course is designed to satisfy State workplace safety requirements by introducing employees to OSHA regulations and University EHS policies. Attendees review physical and chemical hazards of their working environment and prevention strategies in discussion groups. Additional class exercises concentrate on reading MSDS, product labels, and the proper use of personal protective equipment. Medical surveillance, first aid procedures, fire prevention, evacuation procedures, and proper use of electrical equipment are outlined. Lastly proper lifting techniques are demonstrated and attendees practice the learned skills. To request instructor-led training, please contact EHS at 919-962-5507.

Radiation Safety Orientation Course

The course provides an overview of the University’s radiation safety program for new users of radioactive materials used in the laboratory to satisfy State requirements. Topics covered in this course include: a general overview of applicable State/Federal regulations pertaining to the use of radioactive materials at the University; sources of radiation; types of and characteristics of ionizing radiation; units of measuring ionizing radiation and human exposures; ways to measure radiation; pregnant female worker monitoring program; radiation safety surveys; management of radioactive waste, and the purchase and receipt of radioactive materials for laboratory use.

Upcoming Courses
Date Time Location
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1076 Bondurant Hall
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1076 Bondurant Hall
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1076 Bondurant Hall

IACUC: Animal Training

Please call 919-966-5569 for animal training.

Shipping of Infectious Substances and Other Biomedical Materials

EHS provides training and certification for shipping infectious substances and other biological materials with an emphasis on laboratories and research groups. Among the topics covered are: regulatory definitions of infectious substance, diagnostic specimen, and biologic product; use of the Hazardous Materials Table to find the proper shipping name and packaging instructions; requirements for shipping biologicals with dry ice or liquid nitrogen; correctly filling out the shipping documentation; and additional federal permits that may be required. Attendees who complete the quiz will receive a certificate showing compliance with the DOT training requirement. This training can be scheduled by contacting Biological Safety.

Biosafety Level 2+ (BSL2+) Training

This course is not being offered in-person at this time. Please take the BSL2+ Laboratory Research online training to satisfy initial and annual training requirements for researchers working in Biosafety Level 2+ laboratories. If work involves potential exposure to Herpes B virus (i.e., work with nonhuman primates and/or nonhuman primate materials), the Simian Herpes B Virus online training course is required in addition to the general BSL-2+ training. Please contact Biological Safety with any questions.

Fire Extinguisher Training

The course is designed to satisfy the North Carolina State Building Fire Codes and National Fire Protection Agency guidelines for fire safety in most occupancies. Attendees will learn basic fire behavior and how to apply fire extinguishment techniques in different types of environments. Attendees will learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher on a live fire, how to identify various types of extinguishers, become familiar with life safety devices including fire alarms, exit requirements, electrical safety, and evacuation procedures. In restaurant applications, we will instruct on the proper use of cooking hood extinguishment systems. You can have fire extinguisher training right at your UNC-Chapel Hill location as part of our campus fire safety program. Contact Fire Safety for more information and to schedule.

CPR Training

The EHS Fire Safety section provides CPR training as requested for UNC groups. Contact Fire Safety for more information and to schedule.

Asbestos Awareness Training

Asbestos Awareness Training occurs on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in the Sycamore Room of Building Services.

Lead Safety Awareness

This training provides employees with information concerning the OSHA Lead in Construction Standard. Employees that disturb lead-containing materials during construction activities must receive this training annually. To request instructor-led training, please call Environment, Health and Safety at 919-962-5507.