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Safety Training Requirements

All employees of The University of Maine must complete required Safety Training.

Employees of the University include: Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, Post Docs, and Student Employees (including work study students, Teaching Assistants, Resident Directors, and any other person who receives pay or compensation for work performed).


How to Receive Training

Please see your supervisor to review your training requirements.

Training Records and Documentation

Note: All training must be documented and maintained in the work area (either by the supervisor or in the employee's records).

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Training Topic Frequency Who Conducts Training Options

Advanced Emergency Action Plan (Evacuation Coordinator) Training

Required for: All employees who remain behind as "Evacuation Coordinators" that assist persons in orderly evacuation of buildings in an emergency.

Initially SEM  

Annual Basic Safety Training

Required for: All employees

Initially and annually SEM (initial) Classroom or on-line annual refresher

New Employees sign up here

On-line (annual refresher)

Asbestos Awareness Training

Required for: All employees that are occupationally exposed to asbestos, and employees who perform housekeeping operations in an area which contains Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) or Presumed Asbestos Containing Material (PACM).

Initially and annually Tom Sukeforth (581-3096)  

Biomedical Waste

Required for: All persons involved in biomedical waste activities, such as: packaging, labeling, handling, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of any biomedical waste.

Initially Supervisor  

Bird and Bat Hazard Awareness

Required for: Employees that wish to increase their knowledge of the hazards of bird and bat droppings, and those employees that work in areas where bird and bat hazards exist.

As needed Supervisor  

Bloodborne Pathogens

Required for: All employees who work with or handle blood or certain other bodily fluids on the job, or whose job responsibilities include activities (for instance laboratory, blood cleanup, first aid, etc.) that might expose them to these fluids.

Initially and annually SEM or Approved Trainer

On-line (annual) Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Sign up for a class

Boat (Watercraft) Safety

Required for: Any University of Maine (UMaine) employee, faculty, student, or visiting researcher working out of any University facility conducting any academic, scientific, or research vessel operation. Also recommended: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Boating Education Courses.

Initially (for each type of watercraft) Outside source  

Carcinogens

Required for: Employees that use any of the following 13 Carcinogens:

  • 4-Nitrobiphenyl, CAS No. 92933;
  • alpha-Naphthylamine, CAS No. 134327;
  • methyl chloromethyl ether, CAS No. 107302;
  • 3,3'-Dichlorobenzidine (and its salts) CAS No. 91941;
  • bis-Chloromethyl ether, CAS No. 542881;
  • beta-Naphthylamine, CAS No. 91598;
  • Benzidine, CAS No. 92875;
  • 4-Aminodiphenyl, CAS No. 92671;
  • Ethyleneimine, CAS No. 151564;
  • beta-Propiolactone, CAS No. 57578;
  • 2-Acetylaminofluorene, CAS No. 53963;
  • 4-Dimethylaminoazo-benezene, CAS No. 60117;
  • N-Nitrosodimethylamine, CAS No. 62759.
Initially and annually Supervisor  

Chemical Hygiene (Lab Safety)

Required for: All employees engaged in the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals.

Initially, when changes or new chemicals, and as needed Supervisor and SEM Contact 1-4088 to schedule a class

Chemical Spill Cleanup Training

Required for: All employees whose work will require them to clean up chemical spills.

Initially SEM or the Supervisor Contact 1-4088 to schedule a class

Computer Workstations

Required for: All employees whose job requires them to operate a computer terminal for more than four (4) hours on a daily basis.

Initially and annually Supervisor, SEM, or on-line annually On-line Computer Workstation Training)

Confined Space Training

Required for: All employees who may enter or standby for the entry of another worker into a confined space (permit required and non-permit required).

Initially Supervisor, SEM or outside source  

Cranes and Hoists

Required for: Designated personnel who operate a crane. Applies to overhead and gantry cranes, including semigantry, cantilever gantry, wall cranes, storage bridge cranes, and others having the same fundamental characteristics. These cranes are grouped because they all have trolleys and similar travel characteristics. Note: Cranes and Hoists also require a competent person for slings.

Initially and as needed Supervisor or outside source  

Crowd Manager Training

Required for: All employees working at specific on-campus events involving crowds, for example, student security personnel at indoor sports and concerts. Crowd managers are required to control the crowd, keep egress paths clear, and assist in rapid evacuation.

Initially SEM Contact 1-4088 to schedule a class

Department Annual Safety Training

Required for: All employees, including work study students, Teaching Assistants, Resident Directors, and any other person who receives pay or compensation for work performed.

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Initially and annually Supervisor  
Dive Safety (Scientific Diving) Initially and annually Darling Marine Center  

Electrical Safety Related Work Practices (other than electricians)

Required for: For workers (who are not qualified electricians) whose occupational exposure causes them to face a higher than normal risk of an electrical accident. Typical jobs include:

  • Blue collar supervisors
  • Construction workers
  • Electrical and electronic engineers
  • Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers
  • Electrical and electronic technicians
  • Electricians
  • Industrial machine operators
  • Loggers
  • Material handling equipment operators
  • Mechanics and repairers
  • Painters
  • Riggers and roustabouts
  • Stationary engineers
  • Tradesman/Craftsman
  • Welders
  • Required for persons who enter areas where contact with live electrical wires is likely (i.e. where wires are exposed and/or unsecured).
Initially Supervisor or SEM Video available anytime- Contact SEM 1-4088

Electrical Work Practices (Qualified persons/electricians)

Required for: Electrical "qualified" persons. The qualified person must demonstrate (for example: experience, license, certificate, education, etc.) that they are permitted to work on or near exposed energized parts.

Initially Supervisor or outside source  

Emergency Action Plans

Required for: All employees

Initially, annually (during Department Annual Safety Training) Supervisor  

Ergonomics (or) Back Safety and Lifting

Recommended for: All employees who wish to proactively address any ergonomics or back safety issues within their workspace or improve general working conditions so that they can reasonably accommodate employees with an ergonomically correct workplace. Employees who frequently are required to lift, carry, handle heavy or bulky or light materials and/or objects should receive back safety training.

As needed Supervisor or SEM  

Excavation and Trenching Safety Program

Required for: All employees who are or may be working in or around excavations.

Initially Supervisor or outside source  

Fall Protection

Required for: Each employee engaged in work activities on campus or at its remote facilities that expose them to potential falls from an elevated location (six feet or greater for employees conducting construction-related job tasks, and four feet or greater for all other employees).

Initially Supervisor, SEM or outside source  

Farm Safety (Agricultural Training Requirements)

Required for: All employees engaged in farming/agricultural activities.

Initially and annually Supervisor On-line Farm Safety Training

Field Work

Required for: All UMaine employees involved in fieldwork (independent study, research, etc) should be adequately informed of the hazards associated with working in the field. Additionally, all employees working in remote areas where there is an absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace, must be trained in first aid.

Initially Supervisor On-line Field Work Training

Fire Detection Systems

Required for: Personnel servicing, maintaining and testing (to include cleaning and necessary sensitivity adjustments) fire detection systems.

Initially Supervisor  

Fire Extinguishers (Portable)

Required for: All employees who are required to use a fire extinguisher must receive this training annually and hands-on training once every three years. Also, safety or evacuation coordinators; emergency responders; users of open flames, flammable materials or chemicals; workers working at remote sites without ready access to a local fire department; or welders must also receive this training.

Initially, annually (refresher training), and hands-on training once every three years. Hands-on Training: FM

Contact FM at 1-3066 to schedule hands-on training

On-line Fire Extinguisher refresher training

Fire Prevention Plans

Required for: All employees

Initially, and as necessary Supervisor  

Fire Suppression Equipment

Required for: Persons designated to inspect, maintain, operate, or repair fixed extinguishing systems. It applies to all fixed extinguishing systems installed to meet a particular OSHA standard except for automatic sprinkler systems which are covered by 1910.159.

Initially and annually Supervisor or outside source  

First Aid / CPR

Required for:

  • Employees working in remote areas (i.e. field work) where there is an absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace.
  • Employees who conduct all types of logging, regardless of the end use of the wood. These types of logging include, but are not limited to, pulpwood and timber harvesting and the logging of sawlogs, veneer bolts, poles, pilings and other forest products.
  • Employees exposed to the hazards of electrical shock when they perform work on or associated with exposed lines or equipment energized at 50 volts or more.
  • Employees designated as responsible for rendering medical assistance (first aid).
  • Telecommunications employees. Employees who work in switching centers whose work includes the installation, operation, maintenance, rearrangement, and removal of communications equipment and other associated equipment. Employees who do field work which includes the installation, operation, maintenance, rearrangement, and removal of conductors and other equipment used for signal or communication service, and of their supporting or containing structures, overhead or underground, on public or private rights of way, including buildings or other structures.
  • Employees engaged in scientific diving.
Current Certification UMaine Training & Safety, or outside source  

Flammable and Combustible Liquids (Tank Storage)

Required for: Employees who want to learn more about flammable and combustible liquid hazard identification, avoidance and control. Flammable and combustible tank storage station operators and other employees depended upon to carry out detailed printed instructions of what to do in flood emergencies.

As needed Supervisor  

Hazard Communication

Required for: Employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operating conditions or in foreseeable emergencies. For instance, "exposed" means that an employee is subjected to any routes of entry (e.g. inhalation, ingestion, skin contact or absorption) in the course of employment to a chemical that is a physical or health hazard, and includes potential (e.g. accidental or possible) exposure.

Initially and with new changes Supervisor

On-line Hazardous Communication Training

Hazardous Materials Shipping

Required for: Employees who may receive (sign-for or unload); ship hazardous materials; transport hazardous materials; or sign hazardous waste manifests.

Every three years SEM Contact 1-4088 to schedule a class

Hazardous Waste Training

Required for: Required for employees who handle hazardous waste at a Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA); handle universal waste; manage a 90-day storage area; manifest hazardous waste; or make hazardous waste determinations.

Initially and annually SEM Contact 1-4088 to schedule a class

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

  • SEM conducts the First Responder Awareness level training annually for SEM Staff, Public Safety, and Facility Emergency Coordinators.
  • Additional training (above the First Responder Awareness level) is provided for selected individuals as necessary.
Annually SEM (Awareness) and Outside Source (all others) Contact 1-4088 to schedule a class

Hearing Conservation Training

Required for: All employees whose noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels or equivalently, a dose of fifty percent.

Initially and annually SEM

On-line Hearing Conservation Training

Hotwork/Firewatch

Required for: All employees who participate as (or fulfill the duties of) a fire watch in hot work such as welding, cutting, and brazing near flammables or combustibles. Additionally, fire watchers are required to have fire extinguisher training.

Initially Supervisor  

Incident Reporting and Investigation

Recommended for: UMaine supervisors who wish to enhance their knowledge about safety incident investigations, reports, timelines, and procedures.

As needed SEM Contact 1-4088 to schedule a class

Ladder Safety

Required for: All employees who use ladders during construction, alteration repair (including painting and decorating), and demolition work.

Initially and as needed Supervisor  

Laser Safety

Required for: Employees, research, and educational activities involving lasers. Laser operators or users who sets up, aligns, operates, or uses class 3b or 4 lasers for experimental or research purposes, or has other assigned laser duties.

Initially SEM On-line Laser Safety Training

Lead

Required for: Employees working in areas where there is a potential exposure to airborne lead.

Initially and annually Tom Sukeforth (581-3096)  

Lockout/Tagout (the Control of Hazardous Energy)

Required for: Any employee who performs servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected energization or start up of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy could cause injury to employees.

Initially, as needed, and with new changes Supervisor, SEM, or outside source On-line Lockout/Tagout Refresher Training

Mechanical Power Presses

Required for: Operators of mechanical power presses and maintenance personnel who care for, inspect, and maintain power presses.

Initially and annually Supervisor or outside source  

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Required for: All employees who must wear PPE.

Initially Supervisor, SEM  

Pesticides

Required for: Agricultural workers -- performing tasks related to the cultivation and harvesting of plants on farms or in greenhouses, nurseries, or forests. Pesticide handlers -- assigned to mix, load or apply agricultural pesticides; clean or repair equipment; act as flaggers, etc.

Maine Worker Protection Standard information regarding the frequency. Outside source  

Power Tools and Powder Actuated Tools

Required for: All employees that may operate power tools or powder actuated tools must be trained in the operation of that particular tool.

Initially and as needed Supervisor  

Powered Industrial Trucks

Required for: All employees who operate forklifts, walker-stackers, transporters or other industrial trucks (other than those registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles).

Initially, when changes occur and/or every three years Supervisor, SEM, or outside source  

Radiation Safety

Required for: Researchers, educators and students who use radioactive material or radiation producing equipment (i.e. electron microscopes, X-ray machines, sealed sources, detectors and tracers) at the University of Maine. Authorized users (including principal investigators and supervisors) who have been formally approved for the acquisition and use of radioisotopes or radiation producing equipment.

Contact the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) at 581-4087

SEM (RSO) Initial Training

On-line Radionuclide Annual Refresher Training

X-Ray and Sealed Source Refresher

Respiratory Protection Program

Required for: All employees who are required to, or choose to, wear respiratory protection (including dust masks).

Initially and annually SEM (conducts fit testing once medical approval is received) On-line Respiratory Protection Training

Safety and Environmental Preparedness (Hazard Awareness)

Recommended for: All supervisors and employees that wish to get a general overview of hazard awareness; presented by the Director of Safety and Environmental Management.

As requested SEM Contact 1-4088 to schedule a class

Safety Coordinator

Recommended for: All safety coordinators that wish to get a general overview of their responsibilities.

As requested   On-line Safety Coordinator Information

Satellite Accumulation Area Training

Required for: All employees (including student employees) who handle hazardous wastes.

Initially and Annually   On-line Satellite Accumulation Area Training

Scaffolding

Required for: All employees who work or may work on supported scaffolding.

Initially, as needed, and with new changes Outside source  

Servicing Multi-piece and Single Piece Rim Wheels

Required for: Employees who service multi-piece and single piece rim wheels used on large vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and off-road machines. It does not apply to the servicing of rim wheels used on automobiles, or on pickup trucks and vans utilizing automobile tires or truck tires designated "LT".

Initially and as needed Supervisor  

Oil Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)

Required for: Owners/operators and oil handling personnel involved in operation and maintenance of oil storage areas. "Oil handling personnel" means employees engaged in the operation and maintenance of oil storage containers or the operation of equipment related to storage containers and emergency response personnel. This term is not interpreted to include secretaries, clerks, and other personnel who are never involved in operation or maintenance activities related to oil storage or equipment, oil transfer operations, emergency response, countermeasure functions, or similar activities.

Initially and annually FM or Remote Site Manager  

Supervisor Safety Training

Recommended for: UMaine supervisors who wish to enhance their knowledge regarding their safety roles and functions.

As needed  

On-line Supervisor Safety Training

Telecommunications

Required for: Operations, installations and processes performed at telecommunications centers and at telecommunications field installations, which are located outdoors or in building spaces used for such field installations. Also telecommunications employees who are required to work with storage batteries.

Initially Supervisor or outside source  

Toxic and Hazardous Substances

Required for: All employees that are exposed to the following substances:

  • Vinyl chloride
  • Inorganic arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Benzene
  • Coke Oven Emissions
  • Cotton Dust
  • 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Methylenedianiline
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • Methylene Chloride
Initially and annually Supervisor  

Tree Work (or Logging Operations)

Required for:

Employees who conduct all types of logging operations, regardless of the end use of the wood. These types of logging include, but are not limited to, pulpwood and timber harvesting and the logging of sawlogs, veneer bolts, poles, pilings and other forest products. "Logging operations." means - operations associated with felling and moving trees and logs from the stump to the point of delivery, such as, but not limited to, marking danger trees and trees/logs to be cut to length, felling, limbing, bucking, debarking, chipping, yarding, loading, unloading, storing, and transporting machines, equipment and personnel to, from and between logging sites.

Initially and as needed University Forests Office Contact the University Forests Office at 581-3624

Tuberculosis

Required for: Healthcare employees that may be exposed to Tuberculosis.

Initially and as needed Supervisor or outside source  

Universal Waste Training

Required for: All employees or contractors who handle universal waste.

Initially and annually SEM or Supervisor

On-line Universal Waste Training

Note: To view the Universal Waste Training, you will need Windows Media Player AND speakers. When you have completed the training download the Universal Waste Guidance Document to use as documentation for this training.

Vehicle Mounted Elevating Work Surfaces (Aerial Lifts)

Required for: All employees whose job may required them to utilize vehicle mounted elevating work surfaces (aerial device). Aerial device means - any vehicle-mounted device, telescoping or articulating, or both, which is used to position personnel. Note: personnel required to wear a fall arrest system must receive additional training on the harness/lanyards.

Initially Supervisor or outside source  

Welding

Required for: Cutters and welders and their supervisors must be suitably trained in the safe operation of their equipment and the safe use of the process (system). Also, workers in charge of oxygen or fuel-gas supply equipment, including generators, oxygen or fuel-gas distribution piping systems. All employees who participate as (or fulfill the duties of) a fire watch in hot work such as welding, cutting, and brazing near flammables or combustibles must have hotwork/firewatch training.

Initially Supervisor or outside source  

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