Training

What safety training classes are available?

Environmental Health and Safety offers more than 20 different safety training classes. Most classes are designed to cover the requirements mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other classes cover specific job functions or general hazard awareness and prevention. For a list of class offerings and detailed information, refer to the Safety Training policy. You may also visit the University’s Training website and select safety training.

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How do I know which training classes I am required to attend?

Different job task require different safety training requirements. For assistance in identifying your training needs for a particular job classification, please view the Safety Training Match Guide.

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Which training classes require a refresher?

The first time you attend a training class, it is considered the initial training. The following safety training classes have annual refresher requirements thereafter:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens;
  • Fire Safety and Evacuation;
  • Hearing Conservation;
  • Radioactive Material User Refresher;
  • Respiratory Protection; and
  • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC).

Note: Some classes may require a refresher after two or three years and other classes may require a refresher whenever there is a change in job assignments or as a corrective action to deviations from proper procedures. Additional refresher information can be found after clicking on each training class under the University’s Training website.

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Are safety training classes offered online?

Environmental Health and Safety is pleased to announce the availability of the following classes online through the University’s Chalk site:

  • Fire Safety and Evacuation;
  • Bloodborne Pathogens;
  • DOT-In Depth Security;
  • Radioactive Material User Refresher;
  • Shipping Infectious Substances;
  • Ergonomics;
  • Hearing Conservation; and
  • Shipping Hazardous Materials - General Awareness.

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How do I access online classes?

You can access online classes through the following:

  • Login using your CNetID and password;
  • Click on the “Extras” Tab located in the upper right hand portion of the screen;
  • Under the “Safety Training Classes” section on the left side of the screen, click the desired class;
  • Remember to turn up the volume on your computer speakers to hear the audio; and
  • The introduction module will begin automatically.

NOTE: Due to sensitive security information, contact Environmental Health and Safety at 773-702-9999 or safety@uchicago.edu to be pre-enrolled in DOT-In Depth Security training and Radiation Safety at 773-702-6299 or radsafety@uchicago.edu to be pre-enrolled for Radioactive Material User Refresher.

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How do I register for a class?

In order to register for a class, go to University’s Training website. At the beginning of each quarter, Environmental Health and Safety will distribute e-mail notifications to Deans and Department Heads identifying the classes available for that quarter.

To register for a class:

  • Login using your CNetID
  • Click on the course you would like to attend;
  • Scroll down to view available sections;
  • Click on “Register” below the appropriate section;
  • A registration screen will appear with the course you clicked on at the top of the page;
  • If this is the correct class, click “Register”;
  • To register for additional courses, simply click back on “Safety”; and
  • From the “Registration Complete” screen, you can also view your course schedule which allows you to cancel your classes if necessary.

Note: If there are no participants registered for a class or the minimum number of participants has not been achieved, the class will be canceled. If you have registered for a class that has been canceled, you will receive an e-mail notification.

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How do I cancel my registration if I cannot attend a class?

In order to cancel a class, go to University’s Training website and login using your CNetID. Find the class you wish to cancel under your list of registered and click cancel.

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What happens if I do not show up and I forget to cancel my registration for a class?

All employees need to cancel as soon as possible if they do not plan to attend a class. The employee’s department is charged a penalty fee of fifty dollars for “no shows”. The penalty increases to one-hundred dollars for “no shows” of the same training class the second time within one year. If you forget to cancel a class and it is too late to cancel, please give Environmental Health and Safety a curiosity call as soon as possible at 773-702-9999.

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What happens if the class I want to register for is full?

If the class you wish to register for is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and you will receive an e-mail notification if you are placed into the class. It is important to register for the class to ensure a seat. If you do not register for the class and plan to attend, you will not be guaranteed a seat.

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Can I attend a training class without registering for the class?

All employees must be registered to be able to attend the class. You will not be guaranteed a seat if you do not register for the class. If the class is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and you will receive and e-mail notification if you are placed into the class.

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Am I required to take a quiz at the end of the class?

All employees attending training shall be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge retention as shown through a learning measurement exercise. Employees not demonstrating adequate knowledge retention shall be retrained and retake the exercise until adequate retention is demonstrated. The passing criteria for the learning measurement exercise is 70 percent.

During inspections, a representative from Environmental Health and Safety has the right to interview employees to determine the adequacy of safety training compliance.

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How are training records maintained?

All employees attending general safety training classes shall sign an attendance roster. The information from this attendance roster in conjunction with the learning measurement exercise shall be maintained in a tracking database system maintained by Environmental Health and Safety. Employees or departments can request individual training profiles or department reports by contacting Environmental Health and Safety at 773-702-9999.

Supervisors shall document department specific health and safety training regardless of the style (e.g., classroom-style, video, one-on-one, safety meetings). At a minimum, training records shall include the employee name, job title, supervisor, date, trainer, and training content.

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