Environmental Health & Safety Training

Welcome to Environmental Health & Safety Training at Boston University. BU Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is comprised several divisions, each of which offers extensive training and resources to the Boston University and Boston Medical Center communities. The programs are designed to promote safe practices in the workplace while also fulfilling regulatory requirements.

New Employee Orientation

Research Safety Training

The Research Safety Division provides training on a frequent basis which encompasses many different topics as they apply to specific laboratory spaces and the types of work being conducted. For additional information concerning Research Safety, please visit the Research Safety page.

Agent-Specific Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

The principal investigator (PI) is responsible for either conducting or ensuring this training is provided to members of his/her laboratory prior to an individual beginning work with hazardous biological agents. If the PI does not conduct the training, the Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) may be requested to provide this training.

Topics covered by this training are subject to Institutional Biosafety Committee requirements. Complete initial health clearance forms by ROHP.

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Location: Various locations; please contact ROHP for further information.

Audience: Persons working with specific biological agents, as required by the IBC

Duration: 30–60 minutes

When Offered: Upon request of the Institutional Biosafety Committee

Teaching Medium: Online and/or lecture with PowerPoint, individual interaction

Prerequisite: Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers, Institutional Biosafety Committee Approval

Registration Notes: As of June 2011, Francisella Tularensis training is available via RIMS. As of November 2011, Tuberculosis (TB) training is available via RIMS

How Often: As required by the Institutional Biosafety Committee


Anesthetic Gases Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Register via RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: Anybody that uses anesthetic gases in their research

Duration: 30 minutes

When Offered: Anytime online (in-person training sessions offered by request to EHS)

Teaching Medium: Online

Prerequisite: None

How Often: As necessary (optional course)


Autoclave Safety Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Autoclave Safety training is for those personnel who operate any type of autoclave in their research or clinical laboratory. This training must be completed by all personnel (faculty, staff, animal technicians, students, trainees, visitors) who will operate an autoclave. Topics that will be addressed include potential hazards, required PPE, safe practices, emergency management, and other required information.

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Location: Various locations

Audience: Students, faculty, and staff who use autoclaves for research and clinical laboratories or research support.

Duration: 1 hour (30–40 minutes lecture and 10 minutes for questions & answers)

When Offered: 2 to 3 times a month

Teaching Medium: Lecture

Prerequisite: Laboratory Safety Training

Spring 2013 Schedule:

  • 01/29/2013, 1:00-1:50pm, BUMC: Houseman Research Building (R-Bldg), R-110
  • 02/05/2013, 2:30-3:20pm, CRC: 5 Cummington Mall (BRB), BRB-118
  • 02/15/2013, 10:00-10:50am, BUMC: Houseman Research Building (R-Bldg), R-110
  • 02/26/2013, 2:00-2:50pm, BUMC: Houseman Research Building (R-Bldg), R-123
  • 03/12/2013, 2:30-3:20pm, CRC: 5 Cummington Mall (BRB), BRB-118
  • 03/14/2013, 10:00-10:50am, BUMC: Houseman Research Building (R-Bldg), R-115
  • 03/25/2013, 1:00-1:50pm, BUMC: Houseman Research Building (R-Bldg), R-123
  • 04/09/2013, 2:30-3:20pm, CRC: 5 Cummington Mall (BRB), BRB-113
  • 04/12/2013, 10:00-10:50am, BUMC: Houseman Research Building (R-Bldg), R-110
  • 04/22/2013, 2:00-2:50pm, BUMC: Houseman Research Building (R-Bldg), R-115
  • 05/07/2013, 1:00-1:50pm, BUMC: Houseman Research Building (R-Bldg), R-110

How Often: The in-person training will be a one-time training with an annual online refresher coming soon.


Biosafety Level 3 Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

This training must be completed by all personnel (faculty, staff, animal technicians, students, trainees, visitors) who will work with BSL-3 agents. Topics that will be addressed include operations, required PPE, procedures, emergency management, and other required information.

Register via RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: Persons working in Biosafety Level 3 laboratories

Duration: Various times

When Offered: Upon request of the Institutional Biosafety Committee

Teaching Medium: Online

Prerequisite: Laboratory Safety Training; Institutional Biosafety Committee Approval

How Often: Annually


Laboratory Safety Training (Classroom)


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers is now offered two ways—classroom or online. Personnel can choose to attend either.

The training is taught by Research Safety team members and covers biological safety, chemical hygiene, waste management, and life & fire safety. The classroom training can also be requested and tailored for specific groups.

Register via RIMS

Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: Principal investigators, lab safety coordinators, and all personnel (faculty, staff, students, trainees, visitors) who will work with biological agents

Duration: 1.5 hours

When Offered: 4 times a month. View schedule

Teaching Medium: Lecture, PowerPoint

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS; call BU Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; call Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Laboratory Safety Training (Online)


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers is now offered two wayclassroom or online. Personnel can choose to attend either.

Set up in modules so that personnel can take the portions that apply to their work and type of laboratory. You only need to take the modules pertaining to your work and the type of lab in which you work. For more information, see the Online Training Tutorial.

The following modules are currently available:

  • Universal Lab Safety Training
  • Biosafety Level 1 and 2 Training
  • Chemical Safety Training
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • PI Training Module
  • LSC Training Module

Register via RIMS

*For new RIMS users, it may take up to 1 week for your login to be recognized for these modules—please forgive any inconvenience this may cause.

Location: Online

Audience: Principal investigators, lab safety coordinators, and all personnel (faculty, staff, students, trainees, visitors) who will work with biological agents

Duration: Varies

When Offered: Ongoing

Teaching Medium: Lecture, PowerPoint

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Laboratory Safety Training for Summer Programs


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Boston University and Boston Medical Center often host summer programs that allow students to work in BU or BMC research or teaching laboratories. This offering of Laboratory Safety Training is customized to each program’s specific curriculum. Topics may include chemical and biological safety, fire and life safety, emergency management, waste management, and other information based on the program’s unique needs.

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Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: Students enrolled in various summer programs

Duration: 0.5–1.5 hours

When Offered: Beginning of summer program

Teaching Medium: Lecture with PowerPoint

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Arranged by Summer Coordinators.
Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094
Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC): 617-638-8830


National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) General Orientation


Training applies for BUMC only.

NEIDL General Orientation is required for all unescorted personnel entering the NEIDL. In addition, both CPR and First Aid/AED Certifications are required in order to maintain unescorted access privileges and can be obtained through BU Fitrec. For more information about the NEIDL and its training program, please visit the NEIDL website.

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Location: NEIDL (620 Albany St.)

Audience: All persons with unescorted access to NEIDL

Duration: 2 hours

When Offered: Fourth Thursday of every month, 1–3 p.m.

Teaching Medium: Lecture

Prerequisite: Clearances as required by BU Public Safety Personnel Suitability Policy

Registration Contact: Contact Environmental Health & Safety at 617-638-8837 or oehs@bu.edu to request registration information.

How Often: Once, prior to unescorted access approval.


Recombinant DNA & IBC Policies Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Register via RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: All principal investigators with IBC protocols will be expected to complete this annual training and quiz as part of their yearly update process.

Duration: 1 hour

 

When Offered: Ongoing

 

Teaching Medium: Online

 

Prerequisite: Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers, Institutional Biosafety Committee Approval

 

How Often: Annual as part of yearly update


Select Agent Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

EHS provides Select Agent training upon request that must be completed by all personnel (faculty, staff, animal technicians, students, trainees, visitors) prior to receiving privileges to order, store, or use select agents. The training will cover topics including information on the hazards of specific select agents and the rules and regulations governing the use of these agents.

Register via RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: Persons working with select agents, as required by the select agent RO

Duration: Various times

When Offered: As required by the select agent responsible official

Teaching Medium: Online

Prerequisite: Authorization to use select agents by the select agent responsible official; Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers

How Often: Annually


Shipping Biologicals Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Shipping biologicals training is offered to persons who will be packaging or shipping biohazardous materials, including human or animal specimens of a research or clinical nature (including Select Agents). This training will cover topics including packaging, labeling, and documenting biohazardous shipments.

If you are planning to ship materials other than biologicals from your laboratory, EHS staff members must ship the materials for you.

Information on how to proceed with shipment of various materials can be accessed here.

Register via RIMS

Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: Any person who packages or offers for shipment biohazardous materials

Duration: 3 hours

When Offered: Monthly, or on request (for groups of at least 5 people)

Teaching Medium: Lecture, individual interaction, hands-on training

Prerequisite: None

Date Day Time Location Room
6/4/2015 THU 9:30am-12:00pm Instructional Building (L) L-212
7/7/2015 TUE 9:00am-12:20pm Instructional Building (L) L-212
8/5/2015 WED 9:00am-12:20pm Instructional Building (L) L-212

How Often: Every 2 years


Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Training

7 West Nursing Radiation Awareness Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

The 7 West Radiation Safety Awareness Training for Nurses is a mandatory training offered by the Medical Physics and Radiation Safety Office. This training provides a basic understanding of radiation, emergency procedures, and signage for inpatient procedures involving radioisotopes.


Registration: Contact the Medical Physics and Radiation Safety Office at 617-638-7052

Location: Radiation Protection Office—Evans Basement

Audience: 7 West Nursing staff working with I-131 and implant therapy patients

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Analytical X-Ray Training


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

Analytical X-Ray Safety is a mandatory training for users of analytical X-ray machines that address the safe operation of the equipment and radiation safety topics.

Register using RIMS


Location: Online

Audience: 7 West Nursing staff working with I-131 and implant therapy patients

Duration: 90 minutes

When Offered: On going

Teaching Medium: Online multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Once


Basic Radiation Safety Training


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

Basic Radiation Safety Training covers basic topics on radiation and radiation safety. This mandatory course is required for anyone who works with or near radioactive materials.

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Location: Radiation Protection Office—Evans Basement (BUMC); 704 Commonwealth Avenue (CRC)

Audience: Radioisotope permit holders, radioisotope laboratory supervisors, radioisotope users

Duration: 3 hours

When Offered: Offered every two weeks on Tuesday and Wednesday 1:30–4:30

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Once, then take Radiation Safety Training (Refresher) course every other year (biannually).


Clinical Radiation Safety Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

Clinical Radiation Safety Training is a departmentally requested topic-specific offering geared towards improving patient and hospital staff safety.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety: 617-638-7052

Location: Variable BMC departments

Audience: Physicians, technologists, nurses, and students

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation and Q&A

Prerequisite: None

How Often: As requested


Declared Pregnant Radiation Worker Consultation


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

The Declared Pregnant Radiation Worker Consultation is a service offered by the Department of Medical Physics And Radiation Safety (DMPRS) for pregnant personnel who wish to declare their pregnancy.   To Declare your pregnancy please visit the the Pregnancy Declaration Page.

Emergency Room Staff Radiation Awareness Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

The Emergency Room Staff Radiation Awareness Training is a strongly recommended class offered by the Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office. This training creates awareness and teaches precautionary procedures for Emergency Room personnel.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Radiation Protection Office—Evans Basement

Audience: Emergency Room personnel

Duration: 30–45 minutes

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Endoscopy Department Radiation Safety Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

Endoscopy Department Radiation Safety Training is a mandatory training offered by the Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office. This training creates awareness and teaches precautionary procedures for Endoscopy Department personnel.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Radiation Protection Office—Evans Basement

Audience: Endoscopy Department personnel

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Facilities Radiation Awareness Training


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

Facilities Radiation Awareness Training is a mandatory safety training for Boston University and Boston Medical Center facilities personnel. This training will cover topics including identifying tasks that require Radiation Protection Office review prior to initiation.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Radiation Protection Office—Evans Basement

Audience: Facilities personnel for BU and BMC

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Pre-requisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Housekeeping Radiation Awareness Training


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

Housekeeping Radiation Awareness Training is a mandatory safety training for housekeeping personnel. The topics discussed in this training consist of information regarding Boston University’s radiation license, programs, uses of radiation, awareness of postings and labels found in research labs and around campus, and recognition of patient waste containing radioactive material.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Radiation Protection Office—Evans Basement

Audience: Housekeeping personnel for BU and BMC

Duration: 30-45 minutes

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Irradiator User Training


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

Irradiator User Training is a mandatory training for users seeking unescorted privileges that consists of a review of irradiator use, safety, and emergency procedures.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Radiation Protection Office—Evans Basement

Audience: Irradiator users seeking unescorted access

Duration: 15–30 minutes

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Laser Safety Training


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

Laser Safety Training is a mandatory training for Class 3b and Class 4 laser users. The training reviews general knowledge in lasers, laser safety concepts, and laser safety standards.

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Location: Online

Audience: All laser users

Duration: 90 minutes

When Offered: Ongoing

Teaching Medium: Online multimedia

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Initial; and then every other year (biannually)


MRI Safety Training


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

MRI Safety Training is for physicians, technologists, and nurses who work with or come in contact with MRI equipment. This strongly recommended training reviews MRI safety topics and issues for patients and staff. It also provides 1 credit toward ASRT continuing education requirements.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: By appointment

Audience: MRI personnel (lab staff, physicians, technologists, nurses)

Duration: 30–45 minutes

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Nuclear Medicine Technologist Training


Training applies for BUMC only.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office—Evans Basement

Audience: Nuclear medicine technologists

Duration: 3–4 hours

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation, Q&A, and hands-on component(s)

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Physicians’ Fluoroscopy Credentialing Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

Physician Fluoroscopy Credentialing Training is required of all licensed physicians, including fellows and residents, who use or anticipate using fluoroscopic x-ray equipment at Boston Medical Center. This includes, but is not limited to: anesthesiologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, interventionalists, orthopedists, pain management physicians, pulmonologists, radiologists, surgeons, and urologists. Educational objectives include identification of biological risks, radiation units and doses, principles and operation of fluoroscopic equipment, and techniques to minimize radiation doses to patients and staff.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Online and at the Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office—Evans Basement

Audience: All physicians using fluoroscopic x-ray equipment

Duration: 3–4 hours

When Offered: Online and by-appointment component(s)

Teaching Medium: Online and in-person multimedia presentation, Q&A, and hands-on component(s)

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Once


Physicians’ Fluoroscopy Credentialing (Refresher)


Training applies for BUMC only.

Physician Fluoroscopy Credentialing Training (Refresher) is a mandatory annual refresher training for all non-radiologist physicians who were required to complete Physician Fluoroscopy Radiation Safety Training (Initial).


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office—Evans Basement

Audience: All non-radiologist physicians using fluoroscopic x-ray equipment

Duration: 2–4 hours

When Offered: Ongoing

Teaching Medium: Online multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: Physicians’ Fluoroscopy Credentialing Training

How Often: Required annually


Public Safety Radiation Awareness Training


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

Public Safety Radiation Training is a mandatory training for public safety personnel. This training consists of information regarding Boston University’s radiation license, programs, and use of radiation, along with awareness of postings and labels found in research laboratories and other areas around campus.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Radiation Protection Office—Evans Basement or BMC Power Plant

Audience: Public Safety personnel

Duration: 30–45 minutes

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Radiation Orientation for City Lab Students


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

The Radiation Orientation for City Lab Students is a community service training offered by the Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office. This training creates awareness and teaches precautionary procedures for City Lab Students.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office

Audience: City Lab students

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation, Q&A, and hands-on component(s)

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Radiation Safety New Student Orientation


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

This strongly recommended course is provided to those individuals that are new to Boston University. These individuals may work with radioactive materials, or work in areas which may contain radioactive materials. The objectives of this course is to inform the participants about the Boston University Radiation Protection Program, including information about the license, programs, uses of radiation, as well as some of the postings and labels that may be encountered throughout the campus.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Varied

Audience: New students working with or in areas with radioactive materials

Duration: 30–35 minutes

When Offered: September Orientation

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation, Q&A, and hands-on component(s)

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Once


Radiology Residents Nuclear Medicine Safety Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

Radiology Residents Nuclear Medicine Safety Training is a review of procedures for receiving, using, storing, emergency response, and compliance activities for radioisotopes in nuclear medicine.


Registration: Contact Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office: 617-638-7052

Location: Medical Physics & Radiation Safety Office—Evans Basement

Audience: Radiology residents performing nuclear medicine activities

Duration: 3–4 hours

When Offered: By appointment

Teaching Medium: In-person multimedia presentation, Q&A, and hands-on component(s)

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Annually


Radiation Safety Training (Refresher)


Training applies for both BUMC and CRC.

Radiation Safety Training (Refresher) is a mandatory biennial refresher training for all workers who were required to complete Basic Radiation Safety Training.

Register via RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: Radioisotope permit holders, radioisotope laboratory supervisors, radioisotope users

Duration: 30 minutes

When Offered: Ongoing

Teaching Medium: Online multimedia presentation

Prerequisite: Basic Radiation Safety Training

How Often: Every other year (biennially)


Campus & Clinical Safety Training

Asbestos Awareness


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Asbestos Awareness training is provided to those employees whom during the course of their employment may potentially come in contact with materials that contain asbestos. This training is a general awareness training to inform employees of the health effects associated with asbestos exposures, identification of locations and building materials that may contain asbestos, procedures/controls set in place to protect employees from exposures to asbestos, and who to contact in the event they have questions concerning asbestos.

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Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: BU and BUMC employees

Duration: 2 hours

When Offered: Various times; contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Classroom

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS; call Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; call Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Blood-Borne Pathogens


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Blood-Borne Pathogens training is provided to employees that may experience an occupational exposure to blood or any other potentially infectious materials during their employment. Some topics include the signs/symptoms of exposures to blood-borne pathogens, modes of transmission, methods to prevent exposures, the proper selection of personal protective equipment, as well as the availability of hepatitis B vaccinations.

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Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: Employees potentially exposed to blood-borne pathogens any time during their employment

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Various times; contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Classroom

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

This class focuses on the proper function of the Boston University Lockout/Tagout program. The training provides the knowledge and skills required for the safe application, use, and removal of the energy lockout/tagout devices to ensure isolation of hazardous energy sources. Authorized employees will be able to identify and control hazardous energy sources using the methods of lockout/tagout conveyed within the training session. Affected employees are instructed in the purpose and use of the hazardous energy control procedure.

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Location: Various locations, contact EHS

Audience: Employees required to perform lockout/tagout (Authorized), employees whom may be present within an area during a lockout/tagout (Affected)

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Various times, contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Classroom

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Initial assignment or whenever determined necessary by EHS


Emergency Action Planning


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

This class focuses on Emergency Action Plans (EAP). The EAP includes reporting fires and any other emergencies that might arise within the workplace, and clearly identifies emergency evacuation procedures including the type of evacuation, proper exit route assignments, designated meeting area assignments, and emergency contact information.

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Location: Various locations, contact EHS

Audience: All BU and BMC employees

Duration: 30 minutes

When Offered: Various times, contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Classroom

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Hazard Communication


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) training is provided to inform employees of the hazards that are presented when working with or around hazardous chemicals. This training provides the necessary information to inform employees about the hazards that are presented to them in relation to the chemicals within their site-specific workplace. Information is provided on how to control those hazards by means of administrative controls (e.g., using alternative nontoxic chemicals), engineering controls (e.g., local ventilation), work practice controls (e.g., properly labeling containers), as well as, personal protective equipment that should be worn.

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Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: All workplaces containing chemicals

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Various times; contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Classroom

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Powered Industrial Trucks


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Powered Industrial Trucks are commonly referred to as forklifts and lift trucks. They are primarily used to help move heavy materials. Only trained personnel are allowed to operate these trucks and employees must be properly trained and certified by their organizations. Environmental Health & Safety provides training to those employees that may operate a forklift.

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Location: Various locations, contact EHS

Audience: All BU and BUMC employees

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Various times, contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Classroom

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Upon initial arrival


Safety & Infection Prevention


Training applies for BUMC only.

This course provides an overview of policies and procedures necessary for the hospital environment. Formerly titled Hospital Safety & Infection Control.

Register using RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: BU staff working at BMC only

Duration: Self-paced

Teaching Medium: Online

Prerequisite: Course material is found on RIMS. It may also be useful to review the following BMC Policies & Procedures:

How Often: Required annually


Controlled Substances Training

Controlled Substances Basic Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

The Controlled Substances Basic Training is a training for all individual who have access to or contact with controlled substances used in animal or non-animal research. Topics covered in this training include a review of the Boston University Controlled Substance program.

Register via RIMS

Location: Various locations; contact CSP@bu.edu@bu.edu

Audience: All individuals who have access/contact with controlled substances as used in animal-based or “bench” (non-animal) research. Human/clinical research is excluded.

Duration: 15–60 minutes

When Offered: Upon request

Teaching Medium: Controlled Substances website, individual interaction

Prerequisite: Lab Safety Training

Registration Contact: Email CSP@bu.edu@bu.edu; phone: 617-638-4510

How Often: Upon initial assignment, upon registration


Environmental & Waste Management Training

Department of Transportation (DOT) Training for Biological Waste Generators


Training applies for BUMC only.

Department of Transportation (DOT) Training for Biological Waste Generators is offered to custodial leads from BUMC and BMC or any person who signs biological waste shipping papers. This training will cover topics including proper packaging, storage, and documentation of biological wastes.

Email to Register

Location: Custodial offices

Audience: Custodial leads from BUMC and BMC. Any additional personnel who sign biological waste shipping papers.

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Various times; contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Classroom

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Every 3 years


Hazardous Waste Management Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Hazardous Waste Management is offered to staff, faculty, and students who generate or supervise someone who generates hazardous waste. This training will cover topics including: identifying hazardous chemical waste, how to accumulate hazardous chemical waste, labeling of hazardous chemical waste, segregation of hazardous chemical waste, disposal of hazardous chemical waste, and emergency management.

Email to Register

Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: All staff, faculty, and students who generate (or supervise those who generate) hazardous chemical waste.

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Various times; contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Lecture

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Oil & Waste Management Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Oil & Waste Management Training is offered to Facilities Management department personnel. This training covers topics including processes for preventing and responding to oil spills and proper management of regulated wastes common to Facilities Management operations.

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Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: Facilities Management personnel

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Various times; contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Lecture

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Pharmaceutical Waste Management


Training applies for BUMC only.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management is offered to BMC pharmacists (lecture format) and BMC nursing staff (internet format) in select areas. This training will cover topics including identification and the segregation and management of pharmaceutical wastes.

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Location: Pharmacies, BMC

Audience: BMC pharmacists and nursing staff in select areas.

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Various times; contact EHS

Teaching Medium: Computer or lecture

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830; Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Emergency Response Planning Training

Managing Emergencies Online Training

Everyone in the Boston University (BU) Community should be familiar with basic emergency response, initial actions to take, and who to notify. The Managing Emergencies Online Training is a highly interactive training broken down into two courses:

  • Managing Emergencies (BU Community)
  • Managing Emergencies for Command Staff and Crisis Action Teams

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