Everybody from the Georgia Tech community must receive basic safety training. In addition, all people who wish to conduct research in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry must receive laboratory safety training. Incoming graduate students receive this training during their orientation week. Other researchers (e.g., post-docs, undergraduates, visitors) must attend one of the training sessions offered by the office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). The EHS Training widget is an interactive tools to help identify mandatory safety trainings based upon your occupation.
URL or Class Information
Taken by Everyone?
Taken by Lab Personnel & Students?
RTK Chemical GHS
RTK Waste Awareness
+ Every 3 years
Basic Safety Lab
+ Every 3 years
In class training or e-training
Fire Safety Awareness
Fire Extinguisher Training
In class training - to be announced
Receiving Hazardous Goods
+ Every 3 years
Search for “Receipt of Hazardous Materials (Flash)”
URL or Class InformationBB Pathogens Annually http://www.usg.edu/facilities/training/pathogens/ General Biosafety Initially + Every 3 years http://www.trainsweb.gatech.edu/courses/#category-tutorials Search for "General Biosafety (EHS)" Radioactive materials Annually In class—sign up: http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/training.php Shipping Dangerous Goods
Search for “Shipment of Dangerous Goods (Flash)”Laser Once
Search for “Laser Safety (Duration > 1 hour)”Laser Awareness Once
Search for “Laser Awareness (Duration <25 minutes)”Xray Initially + Every 2 Years In class training- sign up: http://www.ors.gatech.edu/xray/training.php Search for “X-ray refresher (Flash)” http://www.training.gatech.edu/courses/index#category-tutorials Biological Safety Training
The biosafety certificate program was developed by EHS to provide a level of recognition to all workers in biological laboratories (http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/biological/). Individuals who attend the prescribed courses will receive a certificate of achievement. To complete the biosafety certificate program, individuals will need to take the four required courses listed and choose any three courses in the electives section. The program will help lab managers, research technicians, and students to increase safety in the biological laboratory. Anyone can register at the Office of Organizational Development for the classes. All classes will currently be taught in the EHS conference room at 490 10th Street, Third Floor.
Radiation and Laser Safety Training
The Office of Radiological Safety (ORS) manages all aspects of the use of radioactive-material (RAM) and radiation generating devices at Georgia Tech. Our goal is to provide radiological safety and control in accordance with our philosophy to keep personnel and public exposure As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) and to comply with federal and state regulations. The Georgia Tech Office of Radiological Safety is on the third floor of the Boggs Building located at 770 State Street.
- X-Ray Safety & Training: http://www.ors.gatech.edu/xray/
- Radioactive Materials Safety & Training: http://www.ors.gatech.edu/ram/
- Laser Safety & Training: http://www.ors.gatech.edu/laser/
- Radiation Awareness Training Radioactive Material & X-rays: http://www.ors.gatech.edu/awareness/ram.pdf
You must receive appropriate training to ship and receive chemicals. These training sessions are offered online from the trainsweb portal:
- “Receipt of Hazardous Materials (Flash)”: http://www.trainsweb.gatech.edu/courses/index#category-tutorials
- “Shipment of Dangerous Goods (Flash)”: http://www.trainsweb.gatech.edu/courses/#category-tutorials
EHS will work with you to ship samples or chemicals. The pamphlet, accessible here, outlines the steps to take.
For additional information on:
- Chemical samples, contact Ryan Lisk (email@example.com) or Ryanne Shadwick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Biological samples, contact Lisa Broadhurst (email@example.com)
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Anatomy of a Disaster tells the story of one of the worst industrial accidents in recent U.S. history - the March 23, 2005, explosion at the British Petroleum refinery in Texas City, Texas, which killed 15 workers, injured 180 others, and caused billions of dollars in economic losses. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent federal agency, investigated the accident. The CSB produced this video in March 2008 based on its comprehensive 341-page public report issued in 2007.
The video is a detailed analysis and journey into learning all the factors that resulted in the accident. It includes a nine-minute animation detailing the events leading up to the blast. It features interviews with members of the CSB investigative team who spent two years studying the causes of the accident. Outside safety experts Prof. Trevor Kletz (Texas A&M University and Loughborough University, UK), Prof. Andrew Hopkins (Australian National University), and Mr. Glenn Erwin (United Steelworkers) provide insightful commentary on the significance of the accident to the world's petrochemical industry. Understanding of the key findings, recommendations, and lessons from this investigation will help prevent future accidents.
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