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Biological & Laboratory Safety

Thomas Jefferson University has developed a safety program that ensures a safe workplace, acknowledges the possibilities of accidents, and realizes the loss prevention benefits of safety management. The laboratory safety program includes requirements and recommendations related to the staff, equipment, operation, and maintenance of all activities and facilities. The program is designed to produce a safe working environment and to eliminate or reduce hazards to employees, students, patients, visitors, and the environment.  Any person who works in a laboratory must receive training.  The following training sessions are available.

Training Date Location Room Time
May 15, 2012
College 202 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
June 27, 2012
College 202 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
July 26th, 2012
College 202 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
September 10, 2012
College 202 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
October 02, 2012
College 202 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
November 14, 2012
College 202 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
December 20, 2012
College 202 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Schedule and Contact:
To request training, please contact Susan Gotta at (215) 503- 7422.

Hazardous Materials & Environmental Health Safety

Chemical Spill and Waste Procedures

Every employee working with or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals will receive initial training on the Hazard Communication Program at New Employee Orientation and then on an annual basis as part of Jefferson’s Health Stream Training Program.  Department Heads are responsible for ensuring that employees are trained on the specific chemicals present in their workplace and provide additional training whenever a new hazard is introduced into their work areas.

Schedule and Contact:
For additional information regarding chemical spills and waste procedures, contact Stephen Baker at (215) 503-7352.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment includes all types of equipment used to increase individual safety while performing potentially hazardous tasks.  This may include safety glasses, hard hats, gloves, lab coats, respirators, or any equipment used to protect against injury or illness.  Every employee receives PPE training on an annual basis as part of Jefferson’s Health Stream Training Program.

Schedule and Contact:
For additional information regarding personal protective equipment, contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at (215) 503-6260.

Life Safety

Fire Extinguishers

Thomas Jefferson Hospital and University buildings are equipped with fire extinguishers should a fire emergency occur.  Employees, students, and visitors are not expected to utilize the extinguisher to fight fires due to the possibilities of harming themselves.  However, if you are properly trained, a fire extinguisher can be used to clear a safe path to an exit or “shoot your way out” of a building if you are trapped.  Every employee receives fire safety training on an annual basis as part of Jefferson’s Health Stream Training Program.

Schedule and Contact:
For more information regarding fire safety, contact Quang Dinh, the University Fire Marshal, at (215) 503-7153.

Contractor Safety Training

This training is designed to provide contractors with an overview of environmental health and life safety issues associated with hot work procedures and the use and operation of machinery.  Topics covered during this session include HIPAA, ICRA, HazCom and Waste Disposal, Lab Safety Procedures, Accident Documenting and Reporting Procedures, Campus Security and Fire Safety Procedures.  The following training sessions are available.

Training Date Location Room Time
March 09, 2012 Hamilton Building 505 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Schedule and Contact:
Please contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety to register. Phone # (215) 503-6260

Occupational Health & Safety

Computer Workstation Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker.  May people who work in poorly designed workstations and bad work habits may experience pain or discomfort in the back, neck, hands and wrists.  Headaches and eyestrain may also occur.  The program provides consultation and training on video display terminals, workstation design, noise and lighting problems, and the safe use of equipment. ErgoSmart program information is also provided to make a workstation comfortable and safe.

Schedule and Contact:
Training sessions are scheduled upon request.  Please contact Cherry Moragne at (215) 503- 4711.

Respiratory Protection

All hospital and university employees who are required to use respirators must receive training and be fit-tested annually.  This program is designed to reduce employee exposure to chemical substances by using respirators.  The program also focuses on the necessary y medical and training requirements that must be implemented prior to respirator use.  All trainees will be fit-tested at this training session.

Schedule and Contact:
Most departments are regularly scheduled for annual training.  For a special session or new respirator user, please contact Cherry Moragne at (215) 503-4711.