Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides training to help improve the working environment of NMSU employees as well as ensure compliance with regulations related to safety, health and environment protection. Except for Defensive Driving these classes are free.
Checklists of required training and documents by work area can be viewed via the following links
The following and attached links provide a class list and short description, class content, scheduling, registration and answers to frequently asked questions.
If you have more questions or environmental, health or safety concerns please call 646-3327, email, or visit EH&S.
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Training by department
EH&S provides information and instruction for the NMSU community on issues related to safety, health and environment. Click here for a complete list and outline description of available classes. A short description of regularly scheduled classes is given below.(Schedule) (To Register)
Employee & Hazard Communication Safety (HazCom) This class is required for all employees (full or part time). It provides employees with general information and University requirements on environmental, health and safety issues. Employees are informed of the need and requirements to comply with state and federal regulations related to the workplace, as well as with University EH&S programs. It covers the OSHA requirements for the University Hazardous Communication Program and provides section on environmental considerations for waste disposal (Hazardous waste awareness) This introductory class covers the regulations, protective measures, and basic information required to protect the employee and help keep the university in compliance with its obligations. (More information) (Schedule) (To Register)
Hazardous Waste Management - This course provides employees with information on the disposal of NMSU's hazardous chemicals and other regulated waste. Topics include waste regulations, chararacterics of hazardous and regulated waste, satellite accumulation points, waste tracking forms, and chemical redistribution. This class should be of interest to employees that work in areas that produce spent material containing chemicals, blood, human body fluids or infectious agents.The Hazard Communication Class is a prerequisite. (More information) (Schedule) (To Register)
Laboratory Standard (Lab. Std.). This class is directed at Chemical Hygiene Officers, lab managers, and individuals working in laboratories that meet OSHA's laboratory definition. It covers the regulations, the Chemical Hygiene Plan and additional safety requirements for laboratory workers. The Hazard Communication Class is a prerequisite (More information) (Schedule) (To Register)
Radiation Safety classes are provided for radiation permittees and users under the permittee's authority as well as for Chemical Hygiene Officers. Radiation Safety is on the regular monthly training schedule and covers x-ray and sealed sources, in addition to all other types of radioactive materials used on campus as well as basic rad waste management. Radiation Safety covers basics, regulations, and safety principles. Nuclear Gauge training, a radiation safety class specifically on the use of nuclear guages, is also offered once a semester. (More information) (Schedule) (To Register)
Bloodborne Pathogens class is required annually by those individuals that have contact with blood, blood products, body fluids or other potential human infectious materials. Typically this includes custodians, plumbers, health care providers, EMTs, laboratory researcher working with these materials and Chemical Hygiene Officers. (More information) (Schedule) (To Register)
Respiratory Safety and Fit Testing is required annually for all employees using respirators (including dust masks). For your safety a medical evaluation sheet must be completed at least two weeks prior to training.at least two weeks prior to training. (More information) (Schedule) (To Register)
Office Ergonomics -This class is directed at ergonomics in the office environment. It will provide a brief look at the science of fitting jobs to people and cover typical office symptoms of muscularskelatal disorders (MSD). Topics include engineering adjustments involving the workstation, chairs, working height and display screens; and adminstrative solutions involving the nature of the jobs, task repeatative, and work schedule. Information on posture and personal attributes, stretching exercises and local resources will also be presented. This class is given as needed, for information contact us by email or call 646-3327.
Defensive Driving Class (DDC) is required to drive a University Vehicle. Be prepared to give your full name, address, date of birth, a current/valid driver's license number, and a department account number ($$). In addition to this National Safety Council sanctioned Defensive Driving Class, prospective drivers of University vehicles will undergo a motor vehicle records check. Individuals must bring their current driver's license and a pencil to class. (More information) (Schedule) (To Register)
Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) training is required by and provided for employees working or visiting on White Sand Missile Range. (More information) This class is given as needed, for information contact us by email or call 646-3327.
All personnel that work with or have chemicals in their work area are required by law and NMSU policy to receive training on Hazard Communication upon employment, and to receive additional training on specific hazardous chemical from their supervisor and as new chemicals are introduced into their workplace. (details on who is covered) (also see employee training)
How often does EH&S offer classes on the hazard communication regulations?
These classes are offered monthly.
Click here for the list of training dates
My lab manager has Nobel Prizes for hazard communication and lab safety. Does she still need to attend class on HazCom and Lab Standard?
Yes. OSHA requires that all affected employees receive training by their employer. EH&S provides awareness classes on the regulations, training on safe practices, documentation to supervisors and is the designated OSHA contact. In order to qualify for funding, most research grants require compliance with Federal, State and local regulations on environment, health and safety. These classes satisfy a component of the requirements.
Do we have to attend the classes given by University Safety? It's too inconvenient for off-campus employees to attend these classes.
No, if you are at an off-campus branch, college, experimental center or other off-campus NMSU facility, you don't have to attend a session given by EH&S. "Designated Coordinators" for the area can provide the training on the regulations. These coordinators must attend a train-the-trainer session at EH&S and thereafter provide the specific training. However they will need to cover the specified topics in same manner as EH&S, determine attendee performance, and provide documentation to EH&S and the area supervisors or safety coordinator(s).
EH&S provides most classes on a monthly basis (some are biweekly) and can schedule additional classes at our training facility for groups of 6 or more persons.
Please note that under the Right-To-Know law (Hazcom) & common legal obligations, supervisors must also provide information and/or ensure training on the specific workplace hazards to employees when the employees begin new procedures, use a new hazardous material or begin operations involving new or hazardous work conditions.