campus safety and security
It takes the right training to keep safe.
Purdue Fort Wayne takes safety seriously, which is why we offer—and sometimes require—numerous training sessions for all areas of campus.
Safety Training Programs
Find your session.
The following information will give you the details you need. (Those programs marked with an asterisk are required annually.)
This program applies only to those working with animals. Anyone working with animals is required to complete the Animal Exposure Occupational Health Program Risk Assessment. Please contact Erin Turner, REM environmental health and safety specialist, at [email protected] to receive this information.
The bloodborne pathogens standard is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation. Purdue University requires all staff and students whose work or studies involve exposure to human blood and blood products be trained in the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.
The Purdue CHP establishes a formal written program for protecting laboratory personnel against health and safety hazards associated with exposure to hazardous chemicals and must be made available to all employees working with hazardous chemicals in a laboratory setting.
The CHP applies to all laboratories that use, store, or handle hazardous chemicals and all personnel who work in these facilities. The information presented in the CHP represents best practices and provides a broad overview of the information necessary for the safe operation of laboratories that utilize hazardous chemicals. Laboratory use of hazardous chemicals is defined as handling or use of such chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met:
- Chemical manipulations are carried out on a laboratory scale
- Multiple chemical procedures or chemicals are used
- The procedures involved are not part of a production process, nor in any way simulate a production process
- Protective laboratory practices and equipment are made available and in common use to minimize the potential for employee exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Training (two requirements)
- Read the CHP document (Chemical Hygiene Plan). Instructions on how to develop your lab-specific CHP can be found on page 3 of the CHP. Page 82 of the CHP gives detailed information on CHP training requirements.
- You will need to follow the instructions provided in Purdue’s site to access the online training portal. Once the portal is accessed, it is only necessary to complete Purdue-University Lab Safety Fundamentals or Lab Safety Refresher courses. Read and follow the instructions carefully for the online training.
Training Documentation (two requirements)
- For lab-specific training certification: Access Chemical Hygiene Plan Forms
- Training certificate is issued once Lab Safety Fundamentals or Refresher course is completed. Print and submit this form.
Training must be provided for all individuals in contact with or using compressed gases. Contact Stephanie Phillips, REM environmental health and safety manager, at [email protected] or Erin Turner, REM environmental health and safety specialist, at [email protected] for training materials and additional information.
This manual contains the procedures and practices for safe entry into confined spaces located on campus that may have atmospheric conditions and/or physical hazards present. These areas include, but are not limited to, manholes, wet wells, vaults, tanks, boilers, silos, bins, pits, sumps, and sanitary and storm sewers.
This training must be provided to individuals who service and maintain 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. REM provides this training to affected individuals upon assignment, with refresher training annually.
The purpose of this plan is to minimize hazards to students, faculty, staff, the general public, and environment from fires, explosions, or other unplanned sudden releases of hazardous materials or hazardous material waste constituents to the air, soil, or water.
What is the Hazard Communication Standard?
The Hazard Communication Standard is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation. It may also be referred to as the Right-to-Know Law, RTK, or HazCom. This standard is intended to protect employees from physical and health hazards that they work with or may be exposed to in the workplace. Purdue University’s Hazard Communication Program can be found here.
Why do I have to take this training when I don’t work with chemicals?
Since you work at a university that has highly hazardous chemicals on-site, you are required to go through awareness training because you have the potential to come across these chemicals while in the workplace. Even though you may not handle these chemicals directly, it is still Purdue University policy to have all paid university employees complete awareness training.
Remember, this is only awareness training; it is not comprehensive.
This training provides employees with information related to the accumulation, labeling, and removal of hazardous waste and surplus chemicals. Purdue’s Hazardous Waste Disposal Guidelines can be found here. Please contact REM at 260-481-4193 if you have questions about the guidelines. Hazardous waste removal must be requested via this waste pickup form.
For information regarding hepatitis B vaccines, please go to bloodborne pathogens training.
Hepatitis B vaccines can be administered on campus by employees of the Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic, located in Walb Student Union, Room 234, at no cost to you.
If you wish to receive a hepatitis B vaccine, please contact Stephanie Phillips, REM environmental health and safety manager, at [email protected].
If your position requires bloodborne pathogens training and you do not wish to receive a hepatitis B vaccine, a declination form is required upon hire.
Hot work is any work using or generating an open flame, heat, or spark-producing apparatus. It includes, but is not limited to: welding, cutting, brazing, grinding, soldering, and any related heat-producing jobs that could ignite combustible materials or flammable atmospheres. The university’s Hot Work Program information information should be reviewed prior to training.
Training is required for individuals doing any work falling under the definition above. This training must be provided by the supervisor upon assignment, annually, and as needed.
While hand soldering electronics is not part of the Hot Work Program, training is still required for individuals doing this low-energy hot work. This training must be provided by the supervisor upon assignment and as needed. See the following safety documents to support this training.
A PPE Hazard Assessment, which includes Certification of Hazard Assessment and Certification of Training forms, must be completed and posted in the area where the assessed tasks will be performed. A copy of the completed PPE Hazard Assessment should also be sent to REM in the Science Building, Room G48. Instructions on how to perform the assessment, as required by the PPE Policy, can be found at the below link.
This program applies only to those working with radioactive materials. Any student or employee who will be utilizing radioactive materials for research must receive training from Stephanie Phillips, REM environmental health and safety manager.
Training: Classroom training is also required for anyone working with radioactive materials. Please contact Stephanie Phillips, REM environmental health and safety manager, at [email protected] to schedule your training session.
Prior to respirator use, each employee must be trained in the Respiratory Protection Program, as well as complete a medical evaluation and fit testing. Contact Erin Turner, REM environmental health and safety specialist, at [email protected] for required information.