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New Mexico State University
Office of the Vice President for Research

Required Training Classes

1. Employee Safety and Hazard Communication (HazCom): This class is required for all employees (full or part time). It provides employees with general information and University requirements on environmental, health and safety issues. Employees are informed of the need and requirements to comply with state and federal regulations related to the workplace, as well as with University EH&S programs. It covers the OSHA requirements for the University Hazardous Communication Program and provides section on environmental considerations for waste disposal (Hazardous waste awareness) This introductory class covers the regulations, protective measures, and basic information required to protect the employee and help keep the university in compliance with its obligations. (More Information) (Schedule) (Register)

2. Laboratory Standard (Pre-requisite: HazCom): This class is directed at Chemical Hygiene Officers, lab managers, and individuals working in laboratories that meet OSHA's laboratory definition.
A "laboratory" subject to the Laboratory Standard is one in which:

  • a) relatively small quantities of chemicals are used on a routine, nonproductive basis, and
  • b) reaction containers, processes, transfers, etc., are designed to be handled or performed safely and easily by one person.

This definition potentially subjects all NMSU research laboratories to the standard. This class covers the regulations, the Chemical Hygiene Plan and additional safety requirements for laboratory workers. (More Information) (Schedule) (Register)


3. Bio-Safety Awareness training is required for faculty, staff and students identified on an IBC application for approval to work at BSL-2. Completion of Hazard Communication training is the prerequisite to registering for Laboratory Biosafety Awareness training. Documentation of IBC approval will not be released until all persons have completed the Laboratory Biosafety Awareness training. (More Information) (Schedule) (Register)


4. Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) online training is required by those individuals that have exposure/contact with human blood, internal body fluids, unfixed tissues, or other potential human infectious materials as well as contact with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) or other bloodborne pathogens. Typically this includes custodians, plumbers, health care providers, EMTs, laboratory researcher working with these materials and Chemical Hygiene Officers. Bloodborne Refresher training is required annually for each employee or student whose work meets the above criteria and has routine potential exposure. The “routine potential for exposure” at NMSU is defined as working with these materials more than once per month. (More Information)

ONLINE CLASS BBP: EH&S is currently providing online Bloodborne Pathogen Training to NMSU employees and students on a secure website, i.e. there is NO lecture class as the training is online. 

  • Log on to the NMSU Human Resource Services website at using your myNMSU name and password. Select the EH&S tab, then the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Training link, and work through the website training at your leisure.

  • You can print portions of the webpages or follow the links for more information. You can leave the website and return later. Once you have completed the training you will verify your understanding and complete the training form. EH&S will add the information from the form to your safety training record. If you have problems with the training or website or have questions on safety training, contact EH&S (click here)


5. Hazardous Waste Management (Pre-requisite: HazCom): This course provides employees with information on the disposal of NMSU's hazardous chemicals and other regulated waste. Topics include waste regulations, chararacterics of hazardous and regulated waste, satellite accumulation points, waste tracking forms, and chemical redistribution. This class should be of interest to employees that work in areas that produce spent material containing chemicals, blood, human body fluids or infectious agents. Hazardous Waste Management training required of the person in the lab who is listed on posted signage as the contact for waste accumulation and disposal procedures. (More Information) (Schedule) (Register)