Training Classes - Occupational Health And Safety

12-15 Passenger Van Safety Awareness

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued cautionary warnings to users of high capacity vans. In an effort to promote safe driving practices for the protection of University employees, students, and the citizens and drivers using the highways, Occupational Health and Safety has developed a driver safety awareness training program for 12-15 passenger van drivers.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 1 hour. Contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

This class is available online.

Back Safety

Training for employees on proper lifting methods. Class covers topics on:

  • Impact and Prevalence of Back Injuries
  • Basics of Back Anatomy
  • Causes of Back Dysfunction
  • Types of Back Injuries
  • Avoiding Lifting Injuries

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 45 minutes. Contact Brent Webber at (859) 257-7600.

Bloodborne Pathogens General

This training is intended to promote general awareness of the potential hazards associated with blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) in the occupational setting. Additionally, the responsibilities and obligations of employers, supervisors, and employees under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, and the University, will be discussed. This training course must be complimented by workplace specific training conducted by the respective worksite designee. It is required upon initial hire and annually thereafter for those employees who have the potential for exposure to blood or OPIM.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Class duration is one hour. Contact Brent Webber at (859) 257-7600.

This class is available online.

Chemical Fume Hood

Chemical fume hoods are the primary engineering control used in the laboratory to protect against the inhalation of hazardous vapors and gases. They are located in many of the labs across UK’s campus. This training provides information about the types of fume hoods and their function, types of fume hood flow monitors, and guidelines on how to correctly and safely use a fume hood. Steps to follow if your fume hood is not functioning properly are also included.

This class is only available online.

Chemical Hygiene Plan/Laboratory Safety

Chemical safety for laboratory workers. This class is required for anyone who works with chemicals in a laboratory. If you have any questions about this class, please contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

Classes are held in the Keeneland Room of the William T. Young Library.

This class is available online.

Annual refresher

Required annual refresh of Chemical Hygiene/Laboratory safety.

This class is available online.

Confined Space Entry

Confined space entry training is provided for employees that may enter areas such as pits, tanks, tunnels, silos, air handlers, or pipes. Recognizing and controlling the hazards associated with a confined space is required training for any employee that may be required to enter an area meeting the specifications of a confined space (limited means of enter/exit, may or may not contain hazardous atmosphere or other physical hazard, and is not intended for continuous occupancy.)

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 90 minutes. Contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

Construction Safety Awareness

Safety awareness training for those employees accessing construction sites. Program focuses on hazards to look out for, areas to avoid, and provides construction safety resources for those employees who are exposed to contractors' work activities.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 1 hour. Contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

Emergency Eyewash and Shower Station Use and Inspection

Eyewashes and showers are in many locations on campus. This training is designed to inform workers of when an eyewash and shower station are required, how they function and how to use them correctly. It also instructs those who maintain and activate the units in what guidelines should be followed.

This class is only available online.

Fall Protection & Ladder Safety

The course provides information on the working conditions that prompt use of fall protection and the types of fall protection available to protect workers.  It assists those affected with complying with 29 CFR 1926.503.
Upon course completion, the student is able to:

  • List at least four methods of fall protection available for protecting workers
  • State the main criteria that prompts use of fall protection for construction workers
  • Identify risk factors for working at elevated heights such as from ladders or scaffolding

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 1 hour. Contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

Hazard Assessment

Training for supervisors in how to conduct workplace hazard assessments for determining the need and proper selection of personal protective equipment. Provides instruction on the use and application of the University's hazard assessment checklists. Training is for personnel responsible for employees who have the potential to encounter hazards.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 1 hour. Contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

Hazard Communication

This is chemical "Right to Know" training for anyone who uses hazardous chemicals in a non-laboratory setting. Workers must be instructed in how to use chemicals in a safe manner.

The Hazard Communication/GHS is an update to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.

This class is only available online.

Heat Stress Awareness

Training for employees on heat stress awareness and avoidance.

This class is only available online.

Hot Work Program

The University of Kentucky recognizes there is a potential for fire from hot work operations. These operations are described as those work activities requiring the use of an open flame or from those operations that may produce heat or sparks. This program is implemented to protect UK students, visitors, employees and property from fire resulting from hot work operations.

This program applies to University of Kentucky departments that may be involved in hot work and those operations of contractors working under contract to these departments.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

Lockout/Tagout

Training for employees performing service or maintenance of equipment in which is the unexpected energization of start up of equipment or release of stored energy could cause injury. Provides instruction on the requirements of OSHA's Lockout/Tagout Standard, overview of energy sources, energy isolation devices and the basic lockout/tagout steps. This training is complimented by unit specific lockout/tagout procedure training.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 1 hour. Contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

Office Ergonomics

Training for employees on proper office ergonomics, including desk, chair and computer assessments.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. contact Jason Burns at (859) 257-3862.

This class is available online.

Respirator Use

The class is mandatory for all respirator users. It is intended to provide basic information regarding the proper use and maintenance of respirators. Topics for discussion include an overview of the type(s) of respirators that will be used; conditions of use; fit testing; cleaning and maintenance; and storage. This course must be supplemented with instruction from a departmental designee (i.e. principal investigator, supervisor, etc.) concerning the respiratory protection policies of each specific worksite.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 90 minutes. Contact Brent Webber at (859) 257-7600.

This class is available online.

Safe Driving

Two classes are available and tailored to your needs.

  1. Straight Truck & Van Safe Driving Strategies.
  2. Automobile Safe Driving Strategies.

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 1 hour. Contact Lee Poore at (859) 257-2924.

Utility Cart Training

This training is mandatory for all employees who drive a utility carts while working at University of Kentucky.  The objective of the training is

  • Prevent injury to pedestrians, utility cart operators and their passengers
  • Define the written utility cart policy including cart operations, charging/refueling, maintenance/repairs and  
  • Identify Safety Concerns
  • Cart Safety
  • Operator Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety

Classroom training sessions are available upon request. Duration is 1 hour. Contact Jason Burns at (859) 257-3862.

This class is available online.

Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health & Safety

252 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0314

Phone: (859) 257-3845
Fax: (859) 257-8787

Accident Reporting

Work Related Employee Injuries
800-440-6285

Student or Visitor Injuries
Injury and Illness Reporting

Report unsafe conditions to EHS
(859) 257-3827 or send us an e-mail.

After hours and weekends
UKPD (859) 257-1616 Emergencies 911!