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Date: January 11, 1999 To: ABCD 
From: Dr. Katrina Doolittle, Director, Safety Office 

Re: New Safety Training

The Safety Office now provides employees with centralized safety training for: Bloodborne Pathogens Laboratory Safety Respiratory Protection

Bloodborne Pathogens 29 CFR 1910.1030 The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard applies to all employees with reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane or parenteral contact with human blood, blood components, or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties. Training is required upon initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place and at least annually thereafter. Hepatitis B vaccine must be offered free of charge or employee may decline in writting. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring employees are provided this training and Hepatitis Bvaccine (including cost).

Laboratory Safety 29 CFR 1910.1450 The Laboratoy Standard applies to all employees working in a laboratory with hazardous materials. Employees must be trained on the physical and health hazards of chemicals used in their work area, how to protect from these hazards, emergency procedures, the laboratory standard and Chemical Hygiene Plan. Training is required when employee is hired, prior to assignments with new exposure potential and at refesher intervals.

Respiratory Protection 29 CFR 1910.134 All employees wearing a respirator during any part of their work duties must be trained and fit tested annually. In addition, changes to the respiratory protection standard now require a medical evaluation for all respirator wearers. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring employees are provided appropriate personal protective equipment necessary to perform work duties safely. Each employee registered for training must complete the "Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire" prior to being fitted for a respirator. The completed questionnaire will be evaluated by Employee Health Services before the employee can be fit-tested. If it is determined from the questionnaire that a follow-up medical examination is required, the employee and supervisor will be informed by Employee Health Services. At this point the supervisor needs to ensure that the follow up medical exam is performed before an employee is required to wear a respirator. Employee Health Services will then assess a basic examination fee ($15.00) and if a pulmonary function test is necessary an additional fee of $30.00. Please call the Safety Office (6-3327) and schedule employees for the appropriate training. Classes are conducted in Academic Research Building C, room 109.

Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Session One Session Two
January 27 Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00
February 9 Tuesday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00
March 16 Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00
April 21 Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00
May 13 Thursday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00

Lab Standard Training

Session One Session Two
February 2 Tuesday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00
March 10 Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00
April 14 Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00
May 11 Tuesday 9:00 - 11:00 2:00 - 4:00

Respirator Training and Fit Testing

January 21 Thursday 1:30 - 5:00
February 4 Thursday 1:30 - 5:00
February 17 Wednesday 1:30 - 5:00
March 2 Tuesday 1:30 - 5:00
March 18 Thursday 1:30 - 5:00
April 6 Tuesday 1:30 - 5:00
April 22 Thursday 1:30 - 5:00
May 6 Thursday 1:30 - 5:00
May 19 Wednesday 1:30 - 5:00

Respirator training class size is limited to 5 people. Call 646-3327 to preregister for a respirator training date. Once registered, employees will need to promptly come to the Safety Office, Academic Research C room 109 to complete the Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire.