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Orientation and Training

All new employees are required to attend an Environmental Health and Safety Orientation. In addition, there may be job specific training requirements.

What type of orientation is provided by the University for a new or transferred employee?

All new employees are required to attend an Environmental Health and Safety Orientation. In addition, there may be job specific training requirements.

What health and safety training is provided to employees?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations require that where any work is done which may endanger any worker; the work shall be done by a competent worker, or a worker working under the supervision of a competent worker. In addition to this requirement, the OSHA identifies specific training requirements for several areas including, Confined Spaces, Emergency Response, Fall Protection, Lifting Equipment, Lifting and Handling Loads, Personal Protective Equipment, Powered Mobile Equipment, etc.

Whose responsibility is it to ensure that employees receive the appropriate orientation and on-going training?

Environment, Health & Safety has identified health and safety training requirements for employees and have listed those requirements in the employee's Performance Management Tool (PMT). Departments are also required to identify and provide safety training based on specific employee needs and tasks.

Requirements

Departments shall establish and maintain systems for ensuring employees have the required competency training to perform work safely. The system should include:

  • A method to determine the level of competence (qualification, training and experience) required by workers performing a hazardous task;
  • A method to ensure that gaps in competency between what is required and what workers have is corrected; and
  • A method to ensure that training requirements are reviewed in response to changes in equipment, processes and policies/procedures.

Departments/Faculties shall have in place an EH&S orientation program that as a minimum meets the following orientation requirements:

  • Emergency response actions specific to the department and work place
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs and use
  • Specific department and work area safety policies and procedures
  • Reporting of Incidents, "Near Misses" and Injuries

Traincaster

Rensselaer offers almost all safety training courses on-line. The system used is called Traincaster. Please refer to the Traincaster web site for further instructions on its use.

 
Last modified: May 28, 2009
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