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Required Safety Training

The link above is to the UTHealth Safety Orientation Video that is viewed by all new employee's during orientation.  In this video we take a comprehensive look at the potential hazards that we have on our campus, where to find important safety information, and what to do in case of a fire.  If it's been awhile since you've been in orientation, we encourage you to take a 10 minute micro-break and look at our video.

Required Safety Training for UTHealth Employees

As an employee of UTHealth, you are required to take an Initial Safety course and then an Annual Refresher one year from the date of your Initial Safety course if your job requires you to be in a lab or clinical space.  If you work in a clinical space, please review our clinical safety training courses. Our courses are available online through our EHS learning management system and if you need directions you can find them below.

Initial Laboratory & Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Training

This course is available in a classroom format as well as online.  Federal and State Law ( Texas Hazard Communication Standard TH&S Code 502.009); OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030 ) require that all employees who work with hazardous chemicals or potentially infectious biological agents attend hazard communication class. Personnel working with hazardous chemical agents are required to attend training class prior to working in the laboratory. Personnel working with biological agents are required to attend a training class within 30 days. In addition to providing useful information regarding exposure to hazardous substances and biological agents, the training classes offer very useful information regarding how to obtain SDS, how to dispose of hazardous wastes, and what to do in the event of an emergency.

Annual Lab and Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher Training

This training is available online only and will provide a brief refresher on the critical elements of laboratory safety and also fulfill the annual bloodborne pathogens training requirement.  Principle investigators and laboratory personnel working in or overseeing a laboratory are required to complete this convenient on-line training.  Principal Investigators will be responsible for verifying that all laboratory personnel have completed the training as required by the UTHealth Chemical Safety Committee.  Environmental Health and Safety will be verifying the training is complete during the lab’s annual laboratory safety survey. 

Infectious Shipping Training - Required for those that use E-Ship Global

The transportation and shipment of biological materials is subjected to stringent regulatory controls. Individuals involved in the transportation and shipment of infectious substances must receive training on the applicable regulations and requirements before shipping such materials. EHS provides online training for those individuals requiring shipping training. Click here for more information on the Infectious Substances Shipping training or call the Biological Safety Program at 713-500-8170 for questions or assistance with shipping.

Basic Radiation Safety Training - Required for those working with and storage of Radioactive Materials

This course is available in a classroom format through a virtual platform such as WebEx.  A preregistration to include attendee’s name, department, and e-mail address is needed for the WebEx invitation.This one time course is required for those employee's who work with Radioactive materials.  This is an 6-hour course that meets over 2 days and attending both days are required for completion.  Click here for more information about the course. 

To preregister, please contact the Radiation Safety Program at 713-500-5840 or e-mail attendee’s name, department, and e-mail address.

Directions for online Safety training:

  1. Make sure you are using either Google Chrome or Firefox.  Other browsers don't work with our system. 
  2. If you are not on campus, you will need to connect using university VPN software first. You will not be able to access our system without using VPN.   If you need more information on the VPN, please visit the UT Health Information Technology – Security.  UTP Clinics do not require VPN.
  3. The EHS learning management system link is:
  4. You will use your UTHealth login credentials to log into our system.

Finally, select your course from the available list on the right side of the screen and begin.

Safety LMS course list

Available formats for Safety training

Initial Laboratory & Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Training Available Online only

Annual Lab and Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher Training

Available Online only

Infectious Shipping Training

Available Online only. For more course info
Basic Radiation Safety Training Available Classroom only. Basic Radiation Safety schedule here