Training modules and information available through EHS.
STAR - (Safety, Training & Record-keeping)
STAR is an online application designed to help faculty and staff to manage documentation of Federally required training and research related compliance data at the University of Virginia.
STAR allows users to document locally provided training and track UVA provided training in one place.
STAR automatically integrates data and program access for UVA's IACUC, OAW, CCM, IBC, EHS Biosafety, Door Signs (aka Hazard Communication Signs), Laser Safety & Radiation Safety into a single page for the user.
EHS provides OSHA-required Class IV 2-hr Asbestos Awareness Training, in accordance to 29 CFR 1926.1101. This training is available to all UVA personnel as well as contract service employees who work in UVA buildings.
In addition to the 2-hr Asbestos Awareness training, UVA employees who are responsible for repairs or maintenance to ACM, must attend an additional 16-hr Class III Asbestos Operations and Maintenance course prior to disturbing ACM.
Only persons who are trained in accordance with OSHA's Lead Standard 29 CFR 1926.62 shall perform activities that involve disturbance of lead-containing building materials (i.e. repainting, renovations, building component removal, etc.).
Only persons who have been trained in accordance with the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule shall perform activities that involve disturbance of lead-based paint in university-owned residential buildings. This regulation requires additional certifications, training, and precautions for personnel who disturb LBP in residential buildings on grounds; this training must be provided by external EPA accredited trainers. Refer to the "Current List of University RRP Buildings" for the affected buildings shown below.
Note : All pre-1978 residential buildings are considered "target housing". Also, any pre-1978 building converted to residential will then be considered "target housing".
The following buildings were converted from residential to office space and are not considered "Target Housing": Rugby Rd Faculty Apartments, Faulkner Carriage House, Sunnyside (Duke) House, Hedge House, Hotel D, and 108 Cresap Dr.
"Zero bedroom dwelling units" are exempt from the RRP rule. Dormitories are considered zero bedroom dwelling units.
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Bloodborne Pathogen and Biosafety Training for Research Personnel Log-in is required before initiating work with any BSL-2 biological materials registered with the IBC. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
Either Bloodborne Pathogen and Biosafety Training for Research Personnel Log-in OR Biosafety Level 1 Training Log-in is required before initiating work with any BSL-1 biological materials registered with the IBC. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
Biotoxin Introductory Training Log-in is required before initiating work with any biological toxins (with an LD50 of less than 100 micrograms per kilogram of body weight in vertebrates) requiring BSL-2 containment.
Human Gene Transfer Introduction Training Log-in is required for persons who may be potentially exposed to the Human Gene Transfer product during the experiment.
All personnel must receive training on Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory practices prior to working in a BSL-2 laboratory. Principal Investigators (PIs) are responsible for adhering to the following:
Note: Completing the above steps does not entitle personnel to work with BSL-2 agents. It is the PI or supervisor’s responsibility to assess an individual’s readiness to work with BSL-2 agents, and also to directly demonstrate and train new personnel in the specific techniques and practices that are used in their lab.
Training may be required depending upon an individual's duties, job specifications, and potential exposure.
Specific BSL-3 Laboratory Training and other customized training sessions
Animal Handler Training done in partnership with the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) and Office of Animal Welfare (OAW)
University faculty, staff, and students who are required to complete Chemical Safety Training must complete at least one of the following training modules (or have properly documented completion of analogous training) in order to be considered in compliance with University policy.
Laboratories, Departments or other groups (on-Grounds only) may schedule a "live" (in-person) Chemical Safety and Waste Training session by calling EHS at 434-982-4911.
Two specific UVA policies define the Chemical Safety Training requirements for select University faculty, staff, and students. UVA Policy ID: SEC-003 - Chemical Safety and Waste Training and UVA Policy ID: SEC-005 - Hazardous (Chemical) Waste Collection and Disposal
UVA’s Chemical Hygiene Plan includes University protocols and information for working safely with chemicals and instructions for the safe handling and collection of Hazardous (Chemical) Waste.
Lab Managers & Supervisors may also provide you with specialized training for using particular chemicals or chemical products, and where appropriate, how to use personal protective equipment (PPE). If you have any questions about a chemical or about your personal protective equipment you should contact your Lab Manager/Supervisor or contact EHS at 434-982-4911.
After completing your required training (see above), you may find that you want more information regarding Laboratory & Chemical Safety. Below you will find links to additional UVA and Non-UVA sources of these types of materials.
UVA-specific Recommended Training
UVA personnel who assign projects and have oversight responsibilities in work areas are encouraged to assign persons to complete these module as appropriate.
Non-UVA Recommended Training
To meet compliance with the OSHA Electrical Safety Work Practices Standard (1910.332), University personnel are required to take electrical safety training before being assigned to the following activities:
This training focuses on the hazards of electricity, including components specific to arc flash hazards as well as how to identify and prevent possible accidents and/or injuries. Additional safe work practices are covered including the electrical lockout/tagout (LOTO) process and use of proper electrical PPE. Trainees must show competence and achieve a passing grade on the course evaluation.
Pre-requisite: Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) Training
Class pairing: CPR/AED training is required when the department has more than one person assigned to carry out electrical work activities.
Recertification: 3 years and is required if new hazards are introduced, procedures change, or deficiencies in safe work operations have occurred.
The University Facilities Management, Occupational Health & Safety department, provides Electrical Safety training.
Contact EHS Electrical Safety and LOTO staff for assistance with class registration. Personnel completing the Electrical Safety training are required to follow-up with EHS for a hazard evaluation of intended activities.
Classes are available through the Life Support Learning Center.
To meet compliance with the OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO) Standard (1910.147), University personnel that service or repair equipment and the equipment has any source of hazardous energy, must attend LOTO training. This training must be completed before working on such equipment or performing LOTO procedures. Equipment-specific safety procedures are to be developed by the University department in collaboration with EHS LOTO staff.
Pre-requisite/class pairing: None
Recertification: Required when new hazards are introduced, procedures are changed, or deficiencies in safe work operations have occurred.
Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO)
The University Facilities Management, Occupational Health & Safety department, provides LOTO Safety training. Personnel who register directly for the class, need to follow up with EHS LOTO staff for a hazard evaluation of intended LOTO work activities and procedures.
EHS provides the following online Fall Protection training modules:
Analytical X-ray equipment is used for X-ray diffraction analysis, fluorescence analysis, or direct X-ray transmission analysis of materials. These analytical x-ray systems are comprised of components that utilize X-rays to determine elemental composition, or to examine the microstructure of materials. These analytical x-ray devices are used for non-medical purposes. The primary objective of this program is to keep occupational exposures to radiation as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) while utilizing these types of equipment. This safety program establishes UVa procedures for the safe operation of analytical X-ray equipment and the associated potential radiation hazards.
All analytical X-ray equipment must be inspected and registered with VDH. The Radiation Safety Office is authorized to perform these inspections and will maintain the registrations with VDH. Please contact us prior to purchasing analytical X-ray equipment so we can work with you in the proper set up, training, inspection and registration.
In order to use analytical x-ray equipment here at UVA, users must take radiation safety training, read the operator’s manual and be approved in writing by the x-ray device custodian.
UVA personnel who assign projects and have oversight responsibilities in work areas are encouraged to assign persons to complete these modules as appropriate.
UVA-specific Recommended Training
UVA Biomedical Engineering, Professor Guilford, has graciously made these equipment training videos available. Comments from Professor Guilford: - "We produced the following two videos, and required students to take a quiz over the material before beginning work in the shop. Not only did their quiz grade count toward their course grade, but they were prohibited from working in our shops until they got a score of >70%. We found that student knowledge and safety compliance increased noticeably with these videos compared to in-person demonstrations to groups of students".
Non-UVA Recommended Training