Subject: Safety Training - Fall Classes & Employee Obligations
From: David Shearer
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 16:37:07 -0600
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ANNOUNCEMENT:    Safety Training - Fall Schedule & Employee Obligations

New full time employees
New employees should observe that extra classes on Employee & HazCom Safety have been slated for the first week of fall session. These classes have been scheduled to coordinate with the New Employee Benefit Orientations sessions. As noted on the employment letter to new full time employees, this class is required under NMSU policy and to help NMSU comply with EPA and OSHA obligations.

Temporary, part-time, student, graduate, & post-doctoral employees
Department heads and other supervisors should be aware that all NMSU employees, that work with hazardous materials are required, at a minimum, to attend the Employee & HazCom Safety class.  This includes temporary, part-time, post-doc, graduate, student and any other employees that work with these materials in instructional, research, shop, or agricultural settings.

As these employees may not receive an employment letter, and their supervisors may not be aware of above requirements, EH&S asks that this information be forwarded to them or otherwise brought to their attention.

Other employee (& dept.) obligations
In addition to the above, many departmental work areas require additional training (initial, annual or periodic) as well as documents (e.g. chemical inventory, MSDSs, chemical hygiene plan, infection control plan) to operate within the law.  EH&S provides the initial training and requires annual document updates.  Checklists of required employee training and documentation are available for

research & lab areas  and  general (non-lab) agricultural & shop areas
Training schedule
The University safety training schedule for fall 2003 session has been posted on the web at
EH&S Safety website -
Class registration
Employees should register for safety training online via the web at
online registration -
Thank you

David Shearer, Industrial Hygienist
Environmental Health & Safety, 646-3327