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CFAES Employee Safety Training

Safety training for workers and enforcement of safety rules have become an increasingly important aspect of safety programs for employers. In many cases, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards explicitly require training employees in the safety and health aspects of their jobs.  Some OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to limit certain job assignments to employees who are “certified,” “competent,” or “qualified”—meaning that they have had special previous training required to perform specific duties. Employee safety training is an essential part of the CFAES OSHA Safety Program for protecting workers from injuries and illnesses.

The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences utilizes a variety of training approaches including online, classroom and individual one-to-one training sessions for compliance with established federal, state and local regulations and university health and safety policies.  All CFAES employees are required to take certain mandated training programs. Additional safety training may be needed based on job assignment or a hazard assessment of specific tasks or duties.

Training Topics

All CFAES employees (non-research lab) must take:
Building Emergency Action Plan, OSU-BEAP
Hazard Communication (CFR 1910.1200) includes Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

All CFAES employees working in a research lab must, at a minimum, take:
Building Emergency Action Plan, OSU-BEAP
Laboratory Standard Training(CFR 1910.1450)
A more detailed training can be established by using the Lab Training Checklist.

All CFAES student employees / interns should receive a student safety orientation:
CFAES Student Employee Safety Orientation Checklist

Job /Task Specific Personnel - should be based on a hazard assessment of assigned responsibilities.
Confined Space Entry
DOT General Awareness
Elevated Work (Aerial Lifts / Scaffolding / Ladders)
Fall Protection
Filtering Facepiece Respirator Training
Fire Extinguisher Training
Forklift Safety Program Training
Hearing Conservation (CFR 1910.95)
Hand and Power Tool Safety
Heat and Cold Stress
Hot Work
Lockout / Tagout (CFR 1910.147)
Permit Required Confined Space Entry (CFR 1910.146)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Pesticide Applicator Training and Licensing (Visit OSU Pest Ed)
Respiratory Protection
Tractor Operator Safety
Skid Loader Operator Safety
Compressed Gas Cylinders (CGC)
Electrical Safety
Chemical Safety
Chemical Spill Clean-Up
Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC)
Universal Waste
Utility Type Vehicle (UTV) Operator Training

Lab Specific Training
Laboratory Standard (CFR 1910.1450)
Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2)

On-line OSU CFAES Employee Training

Most of the CFAES employee training programs listed above can be accessed via OSU Environmental Health and Safety website. (

To access the OSU EHS Training site:

1) Click on this link -

2) Cick on one of the content areas.

 (Occupational Health & Safety, Research / Biosafety, or Other)

3) Scroll down to locate the training course needed and click on "Take this Course".

4) Sign in using your login (last name.###)

5) At the end of the on-line training you will be prompted to take the quiz.

6) Once training has been completed, a list your training sessions will be listed under “My Training”.

Additional Training Options

Training may be conducted on an individual basis or in a classroom group setting using lecture and discussion.  Depending on the type of training, it may be conducted by OSU EHS, the CFAES Safety and Health Coordinator, or location managers / supervisors.  To schedule training or request training materials contact the OSU CFAES Safety and Health Coordinator: Kent McGuire at or 292-0588.

PERRP Safety and Health Training Checklist
OSHA Compliance Training List for CFAES Employees
Employee Training by OSHA Standard (pdf.)


If you have any questions regarding CFAES safety training, please contact Kent McGuire at or 292-0588. You may also contact the OSU Environmental Health and Safety Office online at or by phone at (614) 292-1284.


Reviewed / Updated: 3/19/22 K. McGuire