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.
- Posters and audio-visual safety training aids from the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries. A catalog is available at Environmental Health and Safety.
- Audio-visual materials from Academic Media Services. See BPPM 80.13.
- Direct purchase from non-WSU vendors. Contact Public Safety or Environmental Health and Safety for assistance.
General Training Topics
All employees are to receive the following training within the employing department:
- Back injury prevention
- Prevention of slips and falls
- Fire extinguisher operation
- Use and care of personal protective equipment
- Office safety
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 or Environmental Health and Safety 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|
|296-62-07310, 296-828-20005, 296-841-20020||5.10, 5.12||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|
|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|
|Respiratory protective equipment||296-842||3.24||EH&S|
|Use of ladders||296-876-400, -700||EH&S|
|Working from elevated surfaces (fall restraint and fall arrest)||296-155-24510||3.34||EH&S|
|Working with potentially hazardous energy sources||296-24-975, -980||3.68||EH&S|
Public Safety and Environmental Health and Safety provide safety training on a regular basis.
Environmental Health and Safety 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
Public Safety conducts or coordinates the following general classes at no cost to departments:
- Flagging and traffic control
- Fire extinguishers
Public Safety charges fees for classes which require ongoing certification. Departments complete and submit an Interdepartmental Requisition and Invoice (IRI) to Public Safety to pay for employee attendance. Fees are based upon actual costs of presentation, e.g., instructor's wages, supply and equipment costs. Contact Public Safety for current fees.
Fee classes are as follows:
- Basic medic first aid
- Refresher first aid
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)