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Web-Based Training

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety provides University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, and students with the option for interactive training through the Internet.

Modules for Bloodborne Pathogen Training and Chemical Safety in the Laboratory are available at the School of Health Sciences eLearning website (https://cme.hs.pitt.edu). These modules are enhanced with information specific to the University regarding protection from the hazards associated with bloodborne pathogens and laboratory chemicals.

Instructions for establishing an HSConnect account and accessing the site are available from the e-Learning team by clicking on the help links.

Requirements

Staff and students must have previously attended a live University of Pittsburgh training session. Faculty and post-doctoral staff are exempt from this requirement.

Bloodborne Pathogen Training

This module instructs University staff in how to protect themselves from occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Completion of this training is required at least once every 12 months for all individuals whose work at the University has potential exposure to human blood, body fluids, or potentially infectious material. This module describes:

  • what a bloodborne pathogen is
  • what types of materials should be considered infectious
  • how these pathogens may enter the body and initiate an infection
  • how to select and use personal protective equipment, specialized equipment, and techniques that prevent exposure
  • what to do if you are exposed to potentially infectious material
  • how to respond to a spill of potentially infectious material
  • how to obtain vaccination to hepatitis B

Please visit the School of Health Sciences eLearning website (https://cme.hs.pitt.edu) for access to this module.

Chemical Safety in the Laboratory Training

This module contains training material appropriate for individuals handling chemicals in a research laboratory. Completion of this training is required every three years for all faculty and staff working in laboratories or research environments where chemicals are present. This program describes:

  • the procedure for conducting a research protocol risk assessment
  • where to obtain and how to use safety reference materials
  • the hazards associated with different classes of chemicals and the safety procedures to follow when working with these chemicals
  • how to minimize exposures or hazards by selecting appropriate personal protective equipment or using engineering controls such as a chemical fume hood or special control devices
  • how to recognize chemical exposure
  • how to report and respond to chemical incidents
  • how to obtain medical and exposure assessment assistance

Please visit the School of Health Sciences eLearning website (https://cme.hs.pitt.edu) for access to this module.

Feedback & Questions

You may submit questions regarding the online training to TrainingQuestions@ehs.pitt.edu.