The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management is resuming in-person training in several key areas.
On July 5, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety will restart in-person training for bloodborne pathogens and chemical hygiene, both of which are required by the University and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Beginning the week of July 5, training sessions will be held throughout the summer from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Room 169 at Crawford Hall. Depending on the week, the sessions will either focus on bloodborne pathogens or chemical hygiene. The latter also will include training in hazard communication.
For people who work with or in close proximity to bloodborne pathogens, the training is an annual requirement. The list of jobs required to complete training ranges from doctors and biomedical researchers to plumbers and custodians. The chemical hygiene training, which applies to anyone working with or handling laboratory chemicals, is mandatory once every three years. All training sessions will be hosted by EH&S staff.
A training schedule is available at the EH&S website. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will get back to you within 48 hours. Online training will still be available for those unable to participate in person.
Active killer training
In June, Pitt Police resumed its active killer training program, which is open to staff and faculty. The four-hour session provides information that could prove vital during an incident involving someone intent on causing mass casualties.
Participants will be trained in how to deal with the three choices they have during such an incident — Run, Hide, Fight — and will learn about basic self-defense. It will also show how each second an active killer is delayed can save countless lives.