Subject: 2004 Training Classes & Employee Obligations
From: David Shearer
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 16:02:22 -0700
To: "Distribution, ABCD"


ANNOUNCEMENT:   Spring 2004 Safety Training Schedule & Employee Obligations
The NMSU safety training schedule for spring 2004 session has been posted on the web at

EH&S Safety website -
EH&S will provide over 50 training classes this spring semester for the University community. Except for Defensive Driving & CPR, the classes are free. These classes are offered to improve safety in the University workplaces and to help departments meet regulatory obligations (see requirements below).

Training requirements
All new full time employees New employees should observe that many of the Employee & HazCom Safety classes have been coordinated with the New Employee Benefit Orientations sessions (same day). As noted on your employment letter, this class is required for new full time employees. 
Full, temporary, part-time, student, graduate, & post-doctoral employees working with hazardous chemicals. Department heads and supervisors should be aware that all employees that work with hazardous materials are required, at a minimum, to take the Employee & HazCom Safety class.  This includes temporary, part-time, post-doc, graduate, student and other employees in research, teaching, shop, & agricultural settings.

As these employees 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 requirements are available on the EH&S website via the following links: 
research & lab areas     and    general, agr. & shop areas

EH&S provides the class and documentation to the supervisor. All classes are given at the Safety training facility (please see map on website).  Class descriptions are given on the website (see above link).

Note: We expect to add several classes on Asbestos Awareness and CPR later this spring.  I will announce the dates and times when they have been finalized.

Departments are requested to post the above for employee information.

Thank you

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