Environmental Compliance Training

General Information

All employees will be provided training on an annual basis for the hazardous materials in their workplace. Training will also be repeated when new hazardous materials are introduced into the workplace.  It is the responsibility of each University department to determine who, within that department, is required to receive training. There are many facets to this training, including having a basic knowledge of what constitutes a hazardous material, managing hazardous waste, storage requirements for hazardous waste, emergency response procedures, and administrative controls.  Our office has developed a training program for each of these categories.  Please review the information below and determine the departmental staff who require training.

Work Assignments That Require Training


Faculty who lead or otherwise conduct activities which require students to use hazardous or potentially hazardous materials.  These uses may include conducting experiments or demonstrations, processing samples, providing patient care, construction of theater sets, for example.


Individuals, including faculty and students, who are involved in research which requires the use of hazardous materials or the production of hazardous waste.

Chemical Hygiene Officerschemical lab workers

These individuals are assigned at each department or operating unit and charged with managing the handling of hazardous materials and hazardous waste for that department or unit.

Administrative Staff

Administrative staff who are responsible for ordering, receiving, dispensing, or otherwise managing or tracking hazardous materials, hazardous waste, universal waste, or other regulated waste. 


Individuals involved in the construction, remodeling, or operations of campus facilities which require the use of hazardous or potentially-hazardous products.  This includes Facilities craftsmen, grounds crew workers, pool maintenance workers, housing maintenance workers, central energy plant workers, and arena maintenance workers. 

Installation Operators

Individuals who operate boilers, chillers, swimming pools, or other significant installed systems.

CustodianInformation Technology

Workers who are involved in installation or physical maintenance of I.T. assets.


Individuals involved in the cleaning or general maintenance of buildings, offices, or other facilities. 

Police Officers

All sworn police officers and security staff members charged with patrolling the campus for the purpose of law enforcement and observing and reporting conditions on campus.

Police Communications Operators

These individuals require specific training in notification procedures for hazardous materials and hazardous waste releases.

Safety and Risk Management

Staff members assigned to Safety and Risk Management with the exception of administrative staff.


How is the Training Conducted?

Annually, Safety and Risk Management will schedule a number of training sessions open to the entire campus.  Your team members are free to attend any of the sessions.  In addition, we can conduct onsite training for larger groups. 

In addition, some job classifications may require additional training specific to their particular circumstance. These jobs, for example, include individuals who may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens or individuals who order chemical products.


Training for Specific Products

Types of Hazards Graphic

In many cases, hazardous materials purchased for use by a department are used exclusively by that department. Therefore, training for the specific hazards of those materials will be the responsibility of the department. Safety and Risk Management can assist with training aids and provide guidance to you as you build this training.  However, the training should ensure that the trainees know:

  • Common name and chemical identity of hazardous materials in their work area.
  • Health hazards, physical properties, and other risks related to each chemical.
  • Protective equipment and the proper way to wear it.
  • Potential symptoms related to each chemical in case of exposure.
  • First aid steps to take in case of exposure.
  • Emergency procedures to take in the event of a spill.
  • How to deal with an accidental fire.
  • Location of the department’s written safety plan, which should contain safety data sheets, emergency procedures, and other safety information pertinent to that location.   


Documentation of Training

Employee training must be documented. Documentation should include an employee sign-in sheet that details employees trained, date of the training, and verification that each employee understands the information presented during the training. This documentation process must be repeated with every annual retraining session.  Copies of the documentation should be sent to Safety and Risk Management.     

Please contact Safety and Risk Management if you would like to schedule training for your department.