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Name Recertification Period Description
Advanced Emergency Action Plan (Evacuation Coordinator) As needed Required for all employees who remain behind as "Evacuation Coordinators" that assist persons in orderly evacuation of buildings in an emergency.
Annual Basic Safety Every year Annual Basic Safety is awareness training required for all employees including staff, faculty, student employees, etc.
Asbestos Awareness Every year Required for all employees that are occupationally exposed to asbestos, and employees who perform housekeeping operations in an area which contains Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) or Presumed Asbestos Containing Material (PACM).
Biomedical Waste As needed Required for all persons involved in biomedical waste activities, such as: packaging, labeling, handling, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of any biomedical waste.
Bird and Bat Hazard Awareness As needed Required for employees that wish to increase their knowledge of the hazards of bird and bat droppings, and those employees that work in areas where bird and bat hazards exist.
Bloodborne Pathogens Every year Required for all employees who work with or handle blood or certain other bodily fluids on the job, or whose job responsibilities include activities (for instance laboratory, blood cleanup, first aid, etc.) that might expose them to these fluids.
Boat (Watercraft) Safety As needed Required for any University of Maine (UMaine) employee, faculty, student, or visiting researcher working out of any university facility conducting any academic, scientific, or research vessel operation.
Carcinogens Every year Required for employees that use any of the following 13 Carcinogens: 4-Nitrobiphenyl, CAS No. 92933; alpha-Naphthylamine, CAS No. 134327; methyl chloromethyl ether, CAS No. 107302; 3,3'-Dichlorobenzidine (and its salts) CAS No. 91941; bis-Chloromethyl ether, CAS No. 542881; beta-Naphthylamine, CAS No. 91598; Benzidine, CAS No. 92875; 4-Aminodiphenyl, CAS No. 92671; Ethyleneimine, CAS No. 151564; beta-Propiolactone, CAS No. 57578; 2-Acetylaminofluorene, CAS No. 53963; 4-Dimethylaminoazo-benezene, CAS No. 60117; N-Nitrosodimethylamine, CAS No. 62759.
Chemical Hygiene (Lab Safety) As needed Required for all employees engaged in the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals.
Chemical Spill Cleanup As needed Required for all employees whose work will require them to clean up chemical spills.
Computer Workstations Every year Required for all employees whose job requires them to operate a computer terminal for more than four (4) hours on a daily basis.
Confined Space As needed Required for all employees who may enter or standby for the entry of another worker into a confined space (permit required and non-permit required).
Cranes and Hoists As needed Required for designated personnel who operate a crane. Applies to overhead and gantry cranes, including semigantry, cantilever gantry, wall cranes, storage bridge cranes, and others having the same fundamental characteristics. These cranes are grouped because they all have trolleys and similar travel characteristics. Note: Cranes and Hoists also require a competent person for slings.
Crowd Manager As needed Required for all employees working at specific on-campus events involving crowds, for example, student security personnel at indoor sports and concerts. Crowd managers are required to control the crowd, keep egress paths clear, and assist in rapid evacuation.
Demo As needed Demo
Department Annual Safety Every year Required for all employees, including work study students, Teaching Assistants, Resident Directors, and any other person who receives pay or compensation for work performed.
Dining Services New Employee As needed Dining Services
Dive Safety (Scientific Diving) Every year Dive Safety (Scientific Diving)
Electrical Safety Related Work Practices (other than electricians) As needed Required for for workers (who are not qualified electricians) whose occupational exposure causes them to face a higher than normal risk of an electrical accident. Typical jobs include: Blue collar supervisors; Construction workers; Electrical and electronic engineers; Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers; Electrical and electronic technicians; Electricians; Industrial machine operators; Loggers; Material handling equipment operators; Mechanics and repairers; Painters; Riggers and roustabouts; Stationary engineers; Tradesman/Craftsman; Welders; Required for persons who enter areas where contact with live electrical wires is likely (i.e. where wires are exposed and/or unsecured).
Electrical Work Practices (Qualified persons/electricians) As needed Required for electrical "qualified" persons. The qualified person must demonstrate (for example: experience, license, certificate, education, etc.) that they are permitted to work on or near exposed energized parts.
Emergency Action Plans Every year Required training for all employees.
Ergonomics (or) Back Safety and Lifting As needed Recommended for all employees who wish to proactively address any ergonomics or back safety issues within their workspace or improve general working conditions so that they can reasonably accommodate employees with an ergonomically correct workplace. Employees who frequently are required to lift, carry, handle heavy or bulky or light materials and/or objects should receive back safety training.
Excavation and Trenching Safety Program As needed Required for all employees who are or may be working in or around excavations.
Fall Protection As needed Required for each employee engaged in work activities on campus or at its remote facilities that expose them to potential falls from an elevated location (six feet or greater for employees conducting construction-related job tasks, and four feet or greater for all other employees).
Farm Safety Every year Required for all employees engaged in farming/agricultural activities.
Fieldwork As needed Required for all UMaine employees involved in fieldwork (independent study, research, etc) should be adequately informed of the hazards associated with working in the field. Additionally, all employees working in remote areas where there is an absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace, must be trained in first aid.
Fire Detection Systems As needed Required for personnel servicing, maintaining and testing (to include cleaning and necessary sensitivity adjustments) fire detection systems.
Fire Extinguishers (Portable) Every year Required for all employees who are required to use a fire extinguisher must receive this training annually and hands-on training once every three years. Also, safety or evacuation coordinators; emergency responders; users of open flames, flammable materials or chemicals; workers working at remote sites without ready access to a local fire department; or welders must also receive this training.
Fire Extinguishers (Portable) - Hands-on Every 3 years Required for all employees who are required to use a fire extinguisher and who have taken online Fire Extinguisher (Portable) Refresher training.
Fire Prevention Plans As needed Required for all employees.
Fire Suppression Equipment Every year Required for persons designated to inspect, maintain, operate, or repair fixed extinguishing systems. It applies to all fixed extinguishing systems installed to meet a particular OSHA standard except for automatic sprinkler systems which are covered by 1910.159.
First Aid / CPR As needed Required for: Employees working in remote areas (i.e. field work) where there is an absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace; Employees who conduct all types of logging, regardless of the end use of the wood. These types of logging include, but are not limited to, pulpwood and timber harvesting and the logging of sawlogs, veneer bolts, poles, pilings and other forest products; Employees exposed to the hazards of electrical shock when they perform work on or associated with exposed lines or equipment energized at 50 volts or more; Employees designated as responsible for rendering medical assistance (first aid); Telecommunications employees. Employees who work in switching centers whose work includes the installation, operation, maintenance, rearrangement, and removal of communications equipment and other associated equipment. Employees who do field work which includes the installation, operation, maintenance, rearrangement, and removal of conductors and other equipment used for signal or communication service, and of their supporting or containing structures, overhead or underground, on public or private rights of way, including buildings or other structures. Employees engaged in scientific diving.
Flammable and Combustible Liquids (Tank Storage) As needed Required for employees who want to learn more about flammable and combustible liquid hazard identification, avoidance and control. Flammable and combustible tank storage station operators and other employees depended upon to carry out detailed printed instructions of what to do in flood emergencies.
Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) As needed Required for employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operating conditions or in foreseeable emergencies. For instance, "exposed" means that an employee is subjected to any routes of entry (e.g. inhalation, ingestion, skin contact or absorption) in the course of employment to a chemical that is a physical or health hazard, and includes potential (e.g. accidental or possible) exposure.
Hazardous Materials Shipping Every 3 years Required for employees who may receive (sign-for or unload); ship hazardous materials; transport hazardous materials; or sign hazardous waste manifests.
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Every year Required for: SEM conducts the First Responder Awareness level training annually for SEM Staff, Public Safety, and Facility Emergency Coordinators; Additional training (above the First Responder Awareness level) is provided for selected individuals as necessary.
Hazardous Waste Training Every year Required for employees who handle hazardous waste at a Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA); handle universal waste; manage a 90-day storage area; manifest hazardous waste; or make hazardous waste determinations.
Hearing Conservation Every year Required for all employees whose noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels or equivalently, a dose of fifty percent.
Hotwork/Firewatch As needed Required for all employees who participate as (or fulfill the duties of) a fire watch in hot work such as welding, cutting, and brazing near flammables or combustibles. Additionally, fire watchers are required to have fire extinguisher training.
Incident Reporting and Investigation As needed Recommended for UMaine supervisors who wish to enhance their knowledge about safety incident investigations, reports, timelines, and procedures.
Ladder Safety As needed Required for all employees who use ladders during construction, alteration repair (including painting and decorating), and demolition work.
Laser Safety Every year Required for employees, research, and educational activities involving lasers. Laser operators or users who sets up, aligns, operates, or uses class 3b or 4 lasers for experimental or research purposes, or has other assigned laser duties.
Lead Every year Required for employees working in areas where there is a potential exposure to airborne lead.
Lockout/Tagout (the Control of Hazardous Energy) As needed Required for any employee who performs servicing and maintenance of 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.
Mechanical Power Presses Every year Required for operators of mechanical power presses and maintenance personnel who care for, inspect, and maintain power presses.
Oil Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Every year Required for owners/operators and oil handling personnel involved in operation and maintenance of oil storage areas. "Oil handling personnel" means employees engaged in the operation and maintenance of oil storage containers or the operation of equipment related to storage containers and emergency response personnel. This term is not interpreted to include secretaries, clerks, and other personnel who are never involved in operation or maintenance activities related to oil storage or equipment, oil transfer operations, emergency response, countermeasure functions, or similar activities.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) As needed Required for all employees who must wear PPE.
Pesticides As needed Required for agricultural workers -- performing tasks related to the cultivation and harvesting of plants on farms or in greenhouses, nurseries, or forests. Pesticide handlers -- assigned to mix, load or apply agricultural pesticides; clean or repair equipment; act as flaggers, etc.
Power Tools and Powder Actuated Tools As needed Required for all employees that may operate power tools or powder actuated tools must be trained in the operation of that particular tool.
Powered Industrial Trucks As needed Required for all employees who operate forklifts, walker-stackers, transporters or other industrial trucks (other than those registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles).
Radionuclide Every year Required for researchers, educators and students who use radioactive material at the University of Maine. Authorized users (including principal investigators and supervisors) who have been formally approved for the acquisition and use of radioisotopes or radiation producing equipment. Contact the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) at 581-4087.
Resident Community Coordinator Fire & Safety As needed Resident Community Coordinator Fire & Safety
Respiratory Protection Every year Required for all employees who are required to, or choose to, wear respiratory protection (including dust masks).
Safety Coordinator As needed Recommended for all safety coordinators that wish to get a general overview of their responsibilities.
Safety and Environmental Preparedness (Hazard Awareness) As needed Recommended for all supervisors and employees that wish to get a general overview of hazard awareness; presented by the Director of Safety and Environmental Management.
Satellite Accumulation Area Every year Required for employees who work in a Satellite Accumulation Area (where hazardous wastes are initially generated and tend to accumulate). This training topic is intended to help departments meet their Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) training requirements. This training may also be provided as part of Department Annual Safety Training or Chemical Hygiene Plan Training in your area.
Scaffolding As needed Required for all employees who work or may work on supported scaffolding.
Servicing Multi-piece and Single Piece Rim Wheels As needed Required for employees who service multi-piece and single piece rim wheels used on large vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and off-road machines. It does not apply to the servicing of rim wheels used on automobiles, or on pickup trucks and vans utilizing automobile tires or truck tires designated "LT".
Supervisor Safety As needed Recommended for UMaine supervisors who wish to enhance their knowledge regarding their safety roles and functions.
Telecommunications As needed Required for operations, installations and processes performed at telecommunications centers and at telecommunications field installations, which are located outdoors or in building spaces used for such field installations. Also telecommunications employees who are required to work with storage batteries.
Tobacco-Free Campus Policy for Supervisors Every year Tobacco-Free Campus Policy for Supervisors
Toxic and Hazardous Substances Every year Required for all employees that are exposed to the following substances: Vinyl chloride; Inorganic arsenic; Cadmium; Benzene; Coke Oven Emissions; Cotton Dust; 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane; Acrylonitrile; Ethylene oxide; Formaldehyde; Methylenedianiline; 1,3-Butadiene; Methylene Chloride;
Tree Work (or Logging Operations) As needed Required for employees who conduct all types of logging operations, regardless of the end use of the wood. These types of logging include, but are not limited to, pulpwood and timber harvesting and the logging of sawlogs, veneer bolts, poles, pilings and other forest products. "Logging operations." means -- operations associated with felling and moving trees and logs from the stump to the point of delivery, such as, but not limited to, marking danger trees and trees/logs to be cut to length, felling, limbing, bucking, debarking, chipping, yarding, loading, unloading, storing, and transporting machines, equipment and personnel to, from and between logging sites.
Tuberculosis As needed Required for healthcare employees that may be exposed to Tuberculosis.
Universal Waste Every year Required for persons who manage Universal Waste (mercury containing devices, batteries, cathode ray tubes, fluorescent light bulbs, ballasts, etc.).
Vehicle Mounted Elevating Work Surfaces (Aerial Lifts) As needed Required for all employees whose job may required them to utilize vehicle mounted elevating work surfaces (aerial device). Aerial device means ??? any vehicle-mounted device, telescoping or articulating, or both, which is used to position personnel. Note: personnel required to wear a fall arrest system must receive additional training on the harness/lanyards.
Welding As needed Required for cutters and welders and their supervisors must be suitably trained in the safe operation of their equipment and the safe use of the process (system). Also, workers in charge of oxygen or fuel-gas supply equipment, including generators, oxygen or fuel-gas distribution piping systems. All employees who participate as (or fulfill the duties of) a fire watch in hot work such as welding, cutting, and brazing near flammables or combustibles must have hotwork/firewatch training.
X-Ray and Sealed Source Every year Required for researchers, educators and students who use radiation producing equipment (i.e. electron microscopes, X-ray machines, sealed sources, detectors and tracers) at the University of Maine. Authorized users (including principal investigators and supervisors) who have been formally approved for the acquisition and use of radioisotopes or radiation producing equipment. Contact the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) at 581-4087.