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EHSRM has a variety of different training opportunities available for Texas State University employees. These courses are administered through the SAP Portal and are often required for some job positions. Please see below for the course descriptions and requirements on trainings we offer. To inquire about other training opportunities not listed here, please contact us.

 

If you need to add or remove an employee from any of the following trainings, please complete the SAP Training Request Form and email to ehs@txstate.edu for approval. For further clarification on the process please review the documents below.

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  • Regulations:  Hazard Communication Standards- 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1200.  Texas, Title 6.  Food, Drugs, Alcohol, and Hazardous Substances Subtitle D. Hazardous Substances Chapter 502. Hazard Communication Act.  Required initially upon hire and annual updates.

    Departments Involved (but not limited to): Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center, Department of Housing and Residential Life, Transportation Services, Facilities Operations, School of Art and Design, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Print and Mail Services, Department of Theatre and Dance, Student Center, Clinical Laboratory Science, Department of Agriculture, EHSRM, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Technology, Ingram School of Engineering, Physics, and Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization.

    Criteria:

    Faculty, staff or student workers/TAs (employees) who

    • Work with hazardous chemicals in a laboratory, shop, plant, or studio environment.
    • Work with hazardous chemicals that become waste solutions in a laboratory, shop, or studio environment.
    • Work with paint rinsewater, paint thinner, and turpenoid.

    Topics Covered:

    1. Information on interpreting hazardous chemical labels and Material Safety Data Sheets/Safety Data Sheets and the relationship between those two methods of hazard communication.
    2. Acute and chronic effects of hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed.
    3. Safe handling of hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed.
    4. Proper use of protective equipment with respect to the hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed.
    5. First aid treatment for exposures with respect to the hazardous chemicals to which employees may be exposed.
    6. General safety instructions on the handling, cleanup procedures, and disposal of hazardous chemicals.
  • Texas State University is a classified as a Large Quantity Generator (LQG) of Hazardous Waste by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  As a LQG, the university is required by state and federal regulations to train facility personnel who work with hazardous waste to ensure safe handling of the wastes.  This training will educate employees on the proper handling of hazardous wastes generated in their work area, and will include training on proper and safe storage practices, waste accumulation requirements, and how to respond to emergencies that may be encountered when handling hazardous wastes.  Employees who must take the training include those who:

    • Work with hazardous chemicals that become waste solutions in a laboratory or studio environment.
    • Work with hazardous chemicals which produces a solid waste stream (contaminated equipment, rags, etc.) in a laboratory or studio environment.
    • Work in a shop which generates a hazardous, industrial, or universal waste streams, such as paint rinsewater, paint thinner, turpenoid, solvent-contaminated rags, fluorescent bulbs, etc.
  • Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination (IDDE) training is required by the Texas State University MS4 Permit, issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on November 12, 2014. An illicit discharge is any discharge to a municipal separate storm sewer that is not entirely composed of stormwater. Illicit discharges can happen anywhere and it is the University’s job to keep them out of our storm drains, creeks and rivers. Training on IDDE is aimed to educate employees on what an illicit discharge is, how they can happen, and what employees can do to eliminate them at the source and reduce the occurrence of them altogether. Discharge of an illicit substance is a violation of university policy and is enforced by the Texas State University Policies and Procedure Statements (UPPS) Campus Stormwater Management (UPPS No. 04.05.16). Employees who are required to complete this course include:

    • Those who spend much of their work day outside and/or are mobile throughout the campus, or work with household-type chemicals (paint, oil, cleaners, etc.)
    • Supervisors of staff identified above
  • Texas State University has oil and petroleum product storage units on campus in the form of emergency generators, drums, vegetable oils tanks, transformers and switches.  Because the total volume of oil in storage is in excess of 1,320 gallons, requirements of the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures program apply as specified by the Environmental Protection Agency in federal regulations.  These regulations specified in the Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR Part 112.7 describe the actions that Texas State must take to ensure that the oil is stored in a safe manner that will not release and cause harm to the waters of the state.  Due to the university’s location near Sessom Creek and the San Marcos River, these requirements are critically important.

     

    Under the SPCC regulations, personnel working with oil should know the contents of the SPCC Plan and how to notice and respond to a spill in their work areas.  Training is required for the following university personnel initially upon hire then annually as an update:

    • Those who will work with petroleum hydrocarbons on a routine basis in their job duties
    • Shops and food services staff working with oil, diesel, vegetable oil, gasoline, hydraulic oil, fats oil and grease.
    • Supervisors of staff who work with oil
  • Regulation: MS4 General Permit TXR040000 Part III Section B.5.(b)(2).

    Departments Involved: Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management, Parking Services, Materials Management and Logistics, Campus Recreation, LBJ Student Center, Department of Housing and Residential Life, Grounds Operations & Waste Management, Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management, Utility Operations, Strahan, Facilities Planning Design & Construction, Facilities Operations, Freeman Ranch, Meadows Center, Academic (RF Mitte Concrete Lab & Foundry, JC Mitte Structure’s Lab).

    Criteria: Employees who work in municipal-type settings, including the following but not limited to:

    • Perform general maintenance on campus (i.e. painting, power washing, grounds maintenance/landscaping, vehicle and equipment maintenance/fueling/washing, materials management, stormwater system maintenance, etc.)
    • Regularly work with the transportation and/or application of chemicals/materials that have the potential to contaminate stormwater runoff if spilled
    • Oversee good housekeeping/pollution prevention practices (i.e. on active construction projects)
    • Hold a Director/Assistant Director position