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Safety Training Sessions

All in-person sessions have been suspended until further notice

On-Line Training Sessions

OSHA Bloodborne Disease Training

Initial Training Every employee potentially exposed to human blood and other potentially infectious material (as described by the UConn Health’s Exposure Control Plan) must complete this training prior to accomplishing any task presenting such a potential exposure risk. These exposure determinations are made by the supervisor. For new employees, the initial UConn Health Bloodborne Pathogen Training is completed as part of UConn Health’s New Employee Orientation. Once this initial requirement has been met, completion of an annual Refresher Session (part of SABA) is mandatory. Researchers may opt to take the Annual Bloodborne Pathogen Refresher Training PowerPoint Presentation  (http://content.research.uconn.edu/pdf/uch/rcs/ehs/BBPRefresher.ppsx) on our website.  On the last slide, please click on the Annual Bloodborne Pathogen Refresher Training Confirmation Form to get credit (may have to right click on link and “Open Hyperlink” with certain web browsers for input form).

WARNING: Employees must not perform tasks with potential exposures to human blood and other potentially infectious materials until they have completed the initial training. Contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office (x2723) if assistance is needed. Back to Top

Laboratory Safety Training

Per UConn Health’s policy and OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, also known as “The Laboratory Standard” it is mandated that ALL employees actively working in a research laboratory on the UConn Health campus (including the vivarium and TIPS space) require training upon their initial assignment. This is in addition to the basic training they attend at orientation. The training in the safe use of chemicals, biosafety, emergency response and waste management is essential for a safe working environment.

NOTE: A UConn NetID is required. Your administrative office can provide you with a NetID.

The sessions must be watched 100% in their entirety in order to receive credit. The system tracks how much of the video is viewed, simply taking the quizzes is not sufficient. It is best to take these classes on a desktop, from within the UConn Health firewall, and using the Chrome browser. Upon completion of the three classes, you must:

  1. Email Elizabeth Pokorski  when you have completed all three trainings sessions.
  2. The email must state:
    • Your name
    • Contact information
    • That you have completed all three trainings
  3. The email must contain a completed copy of your Initial Bloodborne Pathogen form.
  4. The email must contain either statement, or a statement and a question:

a.  “I have no questions about the Initial Bloodborne Pathogen Training or the form I filled out”;


b.  “I have a question about the Initial Bloodborne Training or the form I filled out. My question is: …” and then there should be a question, which I will answer. This is legally part of the initial BBP training under OSHA. We will provide these to Employee Health Service.

If you require assistance or experience difficulty accessing the training sessions, please contact EH & S at x2723.

Steven Jacobs: 

Title: Laboratory Safety Training – Intro/Overview

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020

Duration: 00:43:39

Link:  https://uconnhealth.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/66f2f16222d44147bbe82659a4ac3d011d


Robert Gottlieb:

Title: Laboratory Safety Training – Chemical & Hazardous Waste Management

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Duration: 00:22:33

Link:  https://uconnhealth.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/3b79c4f22d2e4a09909f9e7f938314011d


Ron Wallace

Title: Basic Biosafety & Initial Bloodborne Pathogen Training

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Duration: 1:20:51

Link:  https://uconnhealth.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/ca4496f9397746f988584ea1f526db891d

Initial Bloodborne Pathogen Form

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Globally Harmonized System for Chemical Container Labeling

If you handle chemicals or administer drugs, a new OSHA regulation requires that you complete education on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of chemical labeling and revised format of MSDS, now known as a Safety Data Sheet, by December 1, 2013. Environmental Health and Safety is coordinating this effort. A schedule for October sessions is included below. Sessions for 2nd and 3rd shift and November will be published soon. All Research personnel must attend in-person. Clinical personnel in Pharmacy, Lab Medicine (main campus), as well as Facilities Department housekeepers and custodians, and Materials Management must attend in-person. Other clinical personnel and Facilities building trades will receive a SABA assignment or alternate education plan. Call x2723 for additional information. *Please Note: No pre-registration is required.

Tuberculosis/TB Respirator Training and Fit Testing

Please call Environmental Health and Safety (x2723) for individualized training.

Employees must have fully completed all requirements of this training prior to being allowed to enter a TB respiratory isolation room. New and existing employees identified as needing to enter a respiratory isolation room must complete this UConn Health Program. The requirements of the UConn Health’s TB/Respirator Program involve employee training, medical evaluation and fit testing annually as mandated by OSHA. Training sessions are scheduled upon request.