GENERAL WORKPLACE SAFETY
Environmental Health and Safety
University supervisors are responsible for providing initial safety training and periodically reviewing applicable safety procedures with University employees. The Safety Orientation Checklist (see the PDF version of 2.16.2) may be used as a guide for this purpose.
Supervisors and trainers may obtain training aids from the following sources:
- Videos, films, and slide programs on numerous safety topics directly from the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S).
- Posters and audio-visual safety training aids from the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries. A catalog is available at EH&S.
- Audio-visual materials from Academic Media Services. See BPPM 80.13.
- Direct purchase from non-WSU vendors. Contact Public Safety or EH&S for assistance.
General Training Topics
All employees are to receive the following training within the employing department:
- Back injury prevention and ergonomics
- Prevention of slips and falls
- Employee emergency pans
- Fire prevention
- Fire extinguisher operation (required annually)
- Use and care of personal protective equipment, as applicable
- Office safety (see 2.78)
- Asbestos awareness training
Contact EH&S for assistance with identifying appropriate training resources.
Specific Training Topics
Employees who work under specified conditions are to receive training as required by the indicated state of Washington (WAC) and/or SPPM reference. Contact Public Safety, EH&S, or the applicable campus office for specific information. Enter all safety training received on a Safety Orientation Checklist. Specific work situations and applicable references are shown on the table below.
|Training Description||WAC||SPPM||Training Office|
|Bloodborne pathogen protection||296-823||EH&S|
|Confined space entry||296-809-200||EH&S|
|Flagging and traffic control||296-155-305||Public Safety|
|Forklift and powered material handling equipment operation||296-806-420||EH&S|
|Hazardous material handling||See WAC references for acetylene, anhydrous ammonia, oxygen, flammable liquids, compressed gases, hydrogen, LP gases, nitrous oxide, spray finishing and spraying operations.||EH&S|
|Lockout/tagout (Control of sources of hazardous energy)||296-803-600
|Motor vehicle trucks||296-865||Public Safety|
|Multipiece rim wheels||296-864||EH&S|
|Operation and maintenance of power presses||296-806-455, -45540||EH&S|
|Outdoor heat exposure||296-62-09005||3.44||EH&S|
|Pesticide safety||296-307-12040||BPPM 45.69
WA State Pest Management Resource Service
|Powered lawn mowers||296-807-160||EH&S|
|Respiratory protective equipment||296-842||3.24||EH&S|
|Use of ladders||296-876-400, -700||3.34||EH&S|
|Working from elevated surfaces (fall restraint and fall arrest)||296-155-24605
Public Safety and EH&S provide safety training on a regular basis.
Other departments, e.g., WSU Spokane Laboratory Services, provide specific safety training as described below.
EH&S conducts or coordinates the following general classes at no cost to departments:
- Safety committee representative training
- Supervisory safety training
- Ladder safety
- Forklift safety
- Lock-out tag-out
- Laboratory safety
NOTE: Laboratory Services provides laboratory safety training to WSU Spokane personnel; telephone 509-358-7629.
Public Safety conducts or coordinates the following general classes at no cost to departments:
- Hostile intruder training
- Flagging and traffic control
- Fire extinguishers
First Aid Classes
See 2.40 regarding first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) training classes.
Departments are responsible for maintaining training documentation in accordance with University records retention requirements. See BPPM 90.01.
Recurring Training Requirements
Departments are responsible for ensuring that employee completion of recurring training requirements is current and up-to-date.