Safety Training Classes

Skip to content Skip to main navigation
Teachers College, Columbia University
Printer-friendly Version
Teachers College, Columbia University Logo

Environmental Health and Safety

The Office of

Safety Training Classes

The following training sessions are available.  For more information please contact Ed Kurzum at 212-678-8164.

Asbestos may be present in many building materials installed prior to 1981. Employees receiving Asbestos Awareness Training are not permitted to work with asbestos, but may work in areas where asbestos containing materials (ACM) are present. This training is intended to promote awareness of where ACM might be present, the hazards disturbing ACM, and proper work practices to minimize exposure when working near it.

This training is required for all employees who may be required to enter a confined space. Confined spaces are defined as:

  1. Large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work.
  2. Has limited or restricted means for entry and exit, (i.e. tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vents, vaults and pits).
  3. Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. (Note: This generally include areas normally used only for maintenance purposes.)

This training session covers the identification of and hazards associated with confined spaces. Training includes a discussion of the OSHA Confined Space Standard; selection and use of protective materials and equipment; the duties of the confined space entrant, attendant and entry supervisor; and the requirements of the written permit system.

This training session covers basic information about electricity and the hazards of electrical shock, including methods to prevent electrical hazards.

This training session covers the hazards associated with falling, the identification of fall hazards, and the use of fall protection systems. The requirements of OSHA's Fall Protection Standard are also discussed.

This training session covers the requirements for Lockout/Tagout during servicing and maintenance of machines or equipment. Topics reviewed include the requirements of the OSHA Lockout/Tagout standard, procedures for the application of locks and tags, and a discussion of the types of energy that Lockout/Tagout is designed to control. Training is required for all maintenance employees who are exposed to any type of energy release during repair, maintenance or installation processes.

This training session provides an overview of noise and its measurement, health hazards of noise, permissible noise levels, monitoring, audiometric testing, hearing protection, record keeping, and sources of noise.

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. This session covers the selection, care, and use of personal protective equipment.

This training is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to identify and avoid hazards of moving machinery parts and identify the correct guarding necessary for worker protection.

This training provides a better understanding of how to prevent a Fire and the necessary actions to take in the case of a Fire or Emergency.

Hazard Communication Training, commonly refered to as "Employees' Right to Know" is required for all employees exposed to chemical hazards on the job. This training covers review of material safety data sheets (MSDS), emergency training, and chemical container labeling.

All employees who work with hazardous chemicals must receive training to become knowledgeable about the potential hazards of the chemicals they use and how to properly handle these chemicals. This session provides general information about working with chemicals. More specific training must be provided by the supervisor or department in which each employee works. In this session, we will discuss the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, different sources of chemical safety information available to employees and students, and how to "decode" and use the information found in material safety data sheets (MSDSs). The session also includes an overview of the potential health and physical hazards of chemicals, how to use personal protective equipment, first aid for chemical exposures, handling flammable liquids and compressed gases, incidental spill clean-up, and hazardous waste disposal.

Topics reviewed in this session include an overview of the OSHA Respiratory Protection standard, respirator protection factors, proper use and care of a respirator and cartridges, respirator inspection and maintenance, and respirator limitations. All trainees will be fit-tested at this session.

This training consists of a number of informational modules covering an explanation of the OSHA Standard, epidemiology and transmission of bloodborne pathogens, appropriate work practices, procedures, and measures to control exposure.

This course covers topics required by OSHA for employees who may work with materials containing lead in construction or maintenance. This includes possible health effects associated with lead exposure, abatement and interim control methods, personal protective equipment and engineering controls.

It is the aim of the College to establish a safe working relationship with Contractors and to comply with applicable OSHA standards connected to contractor safety. Teachers College has established baseline requirements for Contractors working at Teachers College. Violations of our policy or substandard safety performance may result in the Contractor or Contractor Staff Members’ removal from the site.

The College will expect all Contractors and Contractor Staff Members to follow safe procedures, correct unsafe conditions, investigate accidents, and enforce safety rules. Periodically, the College may check on the Contractor and Contractor Staff Members for compliance with this Contractor Safety Program and full compliance with all local, state and federal safety laws.

Contractors provide a number of important services to the College. As they provide these services, their safety, the safety of all students, visitors, and employees, and the protection of the surrounding community must be of utmost concern. Teachers College requires that Contractors make safety their number one priority by observing all safety rules and taking all precautionary measures to protect themselves and others as they go about their tasks.

Before any Contractor can begin work on the site, they must complete Contractor Safety Orientation training. This training explains potential safety hazards, emergency evacuation procedures, entry, exit, presence, and general safety policies when working at Teachers College. As part of the orientation, the Teachers College Contract Representative must complete the Contractor Safety Orientation Checklist of this program (The Office of EH&S is available to assist in this process and can also facilitate orientation training by request). The completed checklist will be retained by the Contract Representative. Once the site safety orientation is complete, the Contractor must complete the Contractor Safety Orientation Acknowledgement Form and return it to the Contract Representative prior to commencing work. The Contract Representative will retain the original and issue a copy to the Contractor for badging purposes.

The Contractor must bring a signed copy of the Contractor Safety Orientation Acknowledgement Form to the Office of Public Safety in order to obtain an access badge. The badge shall specify the duration the Contractor is allowed to work at the specified site without an escort or appropriate security clearance under their current safety rules and regulations.