Environmental Health and Safety
June 1, 2017: The Tool Box Program gives supervisors tools to ensure safe work practices through tailored training and Safe Operating Procedure guidance documents. It is designed to cultivate a culture of safety and assist supervisors in fulfilling their safety-related duties by providing a framework to guide job-specific training given to their employees. EHS manages and maintains a variety of safety and regulatory compliance programs and offers a wide range of safety trainings; the Tool Box Program enhances the delivery of these programs with focused, brief training sessions.
UI APM 35.32.A-4 states: "Supervisors are responsible for providing safe environments and operations under their control, and are required to ensure that all reasonable and necessary precautions are taken to prevent accidents and to preserve the life and health of the employees, instructors, students and others under their supervision." In about ten to fifteen minutes, Tool Box Program meetings provide the knowledge for units to establish safety protocols that keep everyone safe on campus while maintaining compliance. All supervisors are encouraged to contact EHS at 208-885-6524 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for an organized tool box meeting with the safety subject of their choice.
May 24, 2017: EHS and the Office of Research created a new Laboratory Guidance Sheet on best practices for handling sharps and pipette tips disposal. It differentiates the hazard categories of sharps and how to properly collect and dispose of each. Using these practices when conducting research using sharps or pipette tips reduces the risk of hazardous exposures. Additionally, EHS is providing a sharps disposal flow chart to serve as a visual guide for the collection and disposal of these items.
What training do I need?
Because we are frequently asked about our training courses and how to know which courses a particular person or job may need, we have prepared a matrix for supervisors to use as a guide in determining training. Based on answers to a list of questions, a training profile can be developed for each job. The matrix is intended as a starting point, and all of our general training must be accompanied by job/task-specific training from the supervisor or designee. Our website provides supplementary written materials on many topics, and we can provide supervisors with individual assistance upon request.