4-OP-G-11 Safety Training

Responsible Executive:‚Äč Finance and Administration

Approving Official: Vice President of Finance and Administration

Effective Date: January 1, 2014

Last Revision Date: Unrevised at this time.


  • EH&S programs include training requirements based on specific subject matter derived from a number of regulatory agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and others. For information on each subject see the appropriate program, policy, or section within EH&S.


  • The University recognizes the importance of providing a safe work environment free from recognized and preventable hazards and the importance of providing training to employees whose job-specific functions have the potential to become hazardous or are known to be hazardous. The objective of safety training is to educate the campus community in best practices for recognition of potential work hazards, methods for prevention and/or protection from injury while performing job-specific duties, and responsible environmental stewardship. Safety training will address general as well as specific topics on safety awareness and procedures. To accomplish this, departments will ensure that training satisfies all applicable federal, state, and local safety related regulatory requirements and will promulgate appropriate policies, standards, and procedures for governing departmental safety training programs.


  • A number of laws require training for job-specific functions within the University. EH&S has compiled a list of applicable training regulations, associated training topics, and required frequency of training. Each of these regulations has unique requirements for development and implementation of procedures, training of employees, and recordkeeping. Where applicable, EH&S personnel provide in-house training via instructor oriented courses or web-based methods. EH&S assists departments with identifying employees who need initial training as well as intermittent follow-on training. Policies and programs within EH&S include specific training topics that are required, regulatory references, and guidance for procedural development.
      1. As an employee and/or student of FSU it is important to understand that everyone shares responsibility for safety and his or her own well-being. Managers, supervisors, and principal investigators are responsible for determining specific training needs of their employees and students within budget and workload restrictions and for the promulgation of appropriate policies, standards, and procedures for governing departmental safety training programs. They are also responsible for ensuring that employees have the opportunity to attend required training. Fulfillment of these responsibilities involves continuous review of employee's job function, planning and budgeting for training, making decisions concerning scheduling, and evaluating the results of training. Training materials are to be reviewed and modified based on work functions as appropriate.
      2. The manager, supervisor, or principal investigator, working with the employee, should identify the objectives of training and document where on the job training meets or supplements required training. These objectives will be used to develop training programs for departments. As stated previously, safety training is predicated on applicable regulatory requirements and will ensure that training addresses prevention and protection of employees from injury while performing job-specific functions for the University. Each department should appoint a health and safety training liaison to work with EH&S. Appointing a single point of contact will help streamline training coordination activities with EH&S.
      3. Although specific personnel within each department are responsible for ensuring proper training is provided to employees at prescribed times, EH&S will assist or provide departments with the following:
        • Assist with identification of training objectives
        • Assist with determining training requirements for various personnel within each department
        • Identification of training programs which may be combined to minimize the number of and time required for training events
        • Identification of training materials for specific programs and third party training providers
        • Training in programs developed by EH&S