Occupational Health and Safety Training

These courses outline health and safety procedures and assist the university community in identifying, evaluating and eliminating occupational and workplace hazards that can cause illnesses or injuries. 


Biting & Stinging Insects

Class overview

This training provides an overview of common biting and stinging insects that OSU personnel may encounter, such as ants, bees, mosquitoes, spiders, and ticks. Topics include basic insect information, how to prevent bites/stings, and how to treat bites/stings.

Who is this class for?

This is an EHS recommended online training for employees who perform the majority of their job duties outdoors or in areas where biting and stining insects may be located.

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Building Emergency Action Plan, OSU-BEAP

Class overview

This training provides an overview of the university wide plan describing what to do in the event of an emergency. Topics covered include evacuation plans, severe weather emergencies, fires, bomb threats, utility outages and workplace violence.

Who is this class for?

This is a one-time, online training, required for all Ohio State employees.

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Confined Space Entry

Class overview

This training provides a general overview of Environmental Health and Safety’s Confined Space Entry Program. Additionally, this training provides the user with an understanding of the responsibilities of various Ohio State departments when employees enter confined spaces, knowledge of the numerous hazards which may exist in a confined space, capable of recognizing what makes an area a “permit” or “non-permit” required confined space and the requirements for rescue and emergency services during confined space entry. The user will also know how to obtain a permit for entering a confined space and how to complete the permit at the conclusion of this training.

Who is this class for?

This training is for any person who would like to obtain a permit for or enter any type of confined space.

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Crane, Sling, and Hoist Safety (Temporarily Unavailable)

Class overview

This training module provides the user with an understanding of the safety guidelines when operating specialized lifting devices, such as cranes, hoists, and slings.  

Who is this class for?

This training is for any individual who operates specialized lifting devices, such as cranes, hoists, and slings.

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DOT Dry Ice Shipping

Class overview

This training module applies to shipments containing dry ice as the sole hazardous material in the package. Topics include regulatory oversight, hazardous materials definitions, training requirements, classification/identification, packaging, marking/labeling, documentation/shipping papers and recordkeeping of dry ice shipments.

Who is this class for?

This training is for any person preparing packages containing dry ice.

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DOT General Awareness

Class overview

This training module is provided to assist Ohio State faculty and staff who may be involved with shipment or receipt of Department of Transportation classified Hazardous Materials.

Who is this class for?

Shippers of Hazardous Materials are required to complete additional training in conjunction with this General Awareness Training program.

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DOT Safety and Security

Class overview

The module will cover safety and security principles such as ensuring emergency response information is provided with each HAZMAT shipment, safe package handling and storage practices, security measures of HAZMAT shipments, recognizing security threats and applicability of DOT security plans.

Who is this class for?

This training module is provided to assist Ohio State faculty and staff safely handle any packages that may contain Department of Transportation classified Hazardous Materials.

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DOT Shipping Infectious Substances

Class overview

This training module is provided to assist OSU faculty and staff properly send shipments containing infectious substances such as biological products, cultures, patient specimens, regulated medical waste, sharps, toxins and used health care products.

Who is this class for?

This training module is for any person preparing packages containing infectious substances.

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Electrical Safety/Arc Flash Awareness

Class overview

This training provides an overview of the OSU Electrical Safety and Arc Flash Safety Programs. Topics include arc flash prevention, labels, flash hazard analysis, NFPA boundary zones and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Who is this class for?

This is an EHS recommended online training for employees performing any type of electrical work where an arc flash hazard exists.

What requirements are met by completing this class?

This online training course is meant for awareness purposes and does not meet any certification requirements.

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Elevated Work (Aerial Lifts / Scaffolding / Ladders)

Class overview

The elevated work training program has been developed to provide safety related information and procedures in order to eliminate or minimize injuries as a result of improper use. Elevated work involves any work conducted above a substrate. Equipment used to vertically elevate a worker above the substrate includes, but is not limited to, aerial devices (i.e. scissor lifts, aerial lifts, boom buckets), scaffolding and ladders.

Who is this class for?

This program covers all Ohio State departmental personnel including staff and contractors utilizing equipment to perform elevated work on Ohio State property.

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Fall Protection

Class overview

This training provides an overview of the Ohio State Fall Protection Program. Topics include types of fall protection, inspection/maintenance of fall protection systems, PPE, rescue operations, and authorized person summary. 

Who is this class for?

This is recommended for employees performing any type of elevated work higher than four feet.  

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Fire Extinguisher Training

Class overview

This training module is designed for all OSU employees in order to understand how to properly fight a fire using a fire extinguisher. This module also includes information on the fire tetrahedron, types of fires, different types of fire extinguishers, fire extinguisher use, and the rules for fighting fires.

Who is this class for?

This training is for all OSU employees.

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First Responder Training

Class overview

This training provides a general overview of the Ohio State Environmental Health and Safety emergency response team for chemical, biological and radiological emergencies. Additionally, this training provides hazardous material emergency awareness information for responding to a chemical, biological or radiological spill or release; information on typical personal protective equipment needed during these responses; and specifically responding to research intensive facilities.

Who is this class for?

This training is developed with the first responder in mind, such as police and/or fire prevention personnel.

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Flammable Liquids and Spray Operations

Class overview

This training covers safety aspects for handling flammable liquids and performing spray operations. This training cover flash points, boiling points, flammability limits, fire control, safe handling techniques, and safe spray operation guidelines.

Who is this class for?

This training is for any individual who handles flammable liquids and/or performs spray operations.

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Forklift Safety Program Training

Class overview

This training provides forklift operators the information required under OSHA regulations for classroom training. Topics covered include fundamental differences in types of forklifts; the differences between forklifts and vehicles; pre-use inspections; hazards and safety precautions to take when handling loads; safety precautions to take when operating a forklift; and identifying potential workplace hazards associated with forklift operation. 

Who is this class for?

Forklift operators are required to complete this training along with a practical examination to be authorized to operate a forklift.

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Hand and Power Tool Safety

Class overview

This training provides and introduction to hand and power tool safety. Topics include potential hazards, injury prevention, proper tool selection, transportation and maintenance and appropriate PPE.

Who is this class for?

This is recommended online training for employees who use hand and power tools.

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Hazard Communication (CFR 1910.1200)

Class overview

This training provides an overview of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard as it relates to occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Who is this class for?

This training is required for all Ohio State employees.

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Hearing Conservation (CFR 1910.95)

Class overview

This training provides an overview of the OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure Standard and the Ohio State Hearing Conservation Program. Topics include basic noise and hearing information, appropriate personal protective equipment and audiometric testing.

Who is this class for?

This training is required annually for employees enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program.

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Heat and Cold Stress

Class overview

This training program provides an introduction to heat and cold stress. Topic areas include the definition of heat and cold stress, types of illness caused by heat and cold stress and prevention.

Who is this class for?

This is an EHS recommended training for employees who work in extreme temperatures.

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Hot Work

Class overview

This training program provides an introduction to hot work and hot work permitting. Topic areas include the definition of hot work, operations that warrant the need for a hot work permit and specialized hot work precautions.

Who is this class for?

This is a recommended online training for employees performing construction and maintenance activities that present a potential fire hazard to the people and property of Ohio State.

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Lead Safety Awareness

Class overview

This training module covers safety information for any employee that is expected to be exposed to elevated levels of lead.

Who is this class for?

This training program should be completed by any Ohio State employee who may work with lead containing materials.

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Legionella Awareness

Class overview

This training module provides Ohio State employees information on what Legionella is, where it can be found, and the adverse health effects it may produce. This module will also provide information on prevention and control methods for reducing the risk of being exposed to Legionella.

Who is the class for?

This is an EHS recommended training for all Ohio State employees.

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Lockout / Tagout (CFR 1910.147)

Class overview

This training provides an overview of the OSHA Lockout / Tagout standard. Topics include types of energy, lockout procedures and devices, authorized and affected employees and the Ohio State Control of Hazardous Energy Policy. 

Who is this class for?

This is required training for employees who service and maintain energized equipment, that must be taken upon initial assignment and when new equipment is introduced.

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Nanotechnology

Class overview

This training provides an overview of the Ohio State Nanotechnology Safety Program. Topics covered include nanoparticle origins, hazards, exposure routes, precautions/control methods, spill procedures and waste disposal.

Who is this class for?

This is a recommended training for employees involved with any type of nanoparticle research that should be taken upon initial assignment.

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OSHA Coordinator Training

Class overview

All Ohio State departments (administrative units) are responsible for identifying and assigning safety (compliance) responsibilities to an OSHA Coordinator (safety representative) within their unit. This training program will aid administrative units (OSHA Coordinators) so they can quickly determine which standards apply to them, employee responsibilities, responsibilities of the administrative unit and resources available to help with compliance.

Who is this class for?

This is a required course for all OSHA Coordinators.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Class overview

This training provides a basic overview of the OSHA PPE Standard (CFR 1910.132). Topics include hazard assessments, exposures, engineering controls, administrative controls and types of PPE.

Who is this class for?

This training is required for all employees who use PPE. It is required upon initial assignment and whenever new PPE is introduced.

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Poison Ivy Prevention

Class overview

This module covers topics regarding Poison ivy information, location, identification, exposures, treatments and images. 

Who is this class for?

This training module is intended for any employee who works predominantly outdoors in areas (gardens, wooded areas, landscaping) where they may encounter poison ivy.

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Respiratory Protection

Class overview

This training provides an understanding of various types of respirators and their protection levels; the requirements for Voluntary Use of Respirators; the requirements of the Ohio State Respiratory Protection Program; the proper procedures for maintenance, storage, cleaning and inspection of respirators; proper donning and doffing procedures; and the proper use and limitations of your respirator.

Who is this class for?

This training applies to any Ohio State employee required to wear a respirator as part of their job duties and covers all types of respirators and must be completed before wearing a respirator.

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Shop Safety

Class overview

The purpose of the Shop Safety training module is to provide general shop safety information to Ohio State staff working in a shop.  This module covers general shop safety rules, access control, hazard communication, housekeeping, machine guarding, visitors/contractors in shops, inspections/recordkeeping and machine shop hazard matrix information.

Who is this class for?

This training module is for any employee who possesses job duties within a campus shop facility.

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Silica Dust Safety Training

Class overview

This training module covers the components of the OSU Silica Dust Safety Program. Topics covered include information of silica, exposure routes, silicosis, exposure limits, controlling silica exposure, respiratory protection, signage, and general housekeeping.

Who is this class for?

This training is for any individual who may be exposed to silica dust as part of their normal job duties.

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Skid Loader Operator Training

Class overview

The objectives of the Skid Loader Operator Training module include: Understand the purpose of a skid loader; understand the characteristics of a skid loader; recognize the hazards associated with a skid loader; identify the controls and instrumentation of a skid loader; understand preventative maintenance and pre-operation checks; demonstrate safe use of a skid loader.

Who is this class for?

Skid Loader operators are required to complete this training along with a hands-on practical evaluation in order to be authorized to operate a skid loader.

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Trenching and Excavating Training

Class overview

This training provides an overview of the Ohio State Trenching and Excavating Safety Program. Topics include trenching precautions, protective systems, inspections, soil types and emergency response.

Who is this class for?

This is a recommended training for employees performing any type of trenching or excavating work on campus.

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Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - Worker

Class overview

This training module is part of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training required by U.S. EPA, to protect workers from potential adverse effects of pesticides. Topics include forms of pesticides, pesticide exposures, and safe practices to minimize exposure to workers or pesticide handlers.

Who is this class for?

This training is for any person who performs tasks related to growing (planting, weeding, pruning) and harvesting plants on farms or in greenhouses, nurseries, or forests.

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Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - Pesticide Handler

Class overview

This training module is part of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training required by U.S. EPA, to protect workers from potential adverse effects of pesticides. Topics include forms of pesticides, pesticide exposures, and safe practices to minimize exposure to workers or pesticide handlers.

Who is this class for?

This training is for any person that will mix, load, or apply agricultural pesticides; clean or repair pesticide application equipment; or assist with the application of pesticides.

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