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Chemical Safety Training

  • Hazardous Communication Training: Globally Harmonized System Information regarding chemical safety, labeling, hazards and safety data sheets (formerly MDSD)
  • Gas Cylinder Safety Training Modules (provided by AirGas). Registration is required; use "Airgas Midwest" for "Regional Company":
    • "Hazards of Industrial Gases" - to be completed by all who transport, stores, or use compressed gas cylinders.
    • "Regulator Change-Out Training" - to be completed by those who transport and/or change cylinders. 

Contact Jim Gable for additional Chemical safety training.
815-753-1610 
jgable@niu.edu


Contact Michele Crase for Radiation Safety Training.
815-753-9251
mcrase@niu.edu

X-ray Safety Training

X-ray machines are important tools in today’s technology. They have opened many avenues to research and manufacturing. But since they, like all tools, are capable of causing injury, they must be used with knowledge and respect. This X-ray Safety Program is designed to give the operator a basic understanding of how X-ray producing machines operate and how to reduce the risk of personal injury.

Follow these steps to ensure the safe use of X-ray machines. The material in this program may be printed out and kept for later referral.

  1. Review the X-ray Safety Manual. View the X-ray Safety video and the X-ray PowerPoint. Now it is time to take the quiz.
  2. Open the NIU X-ray Safety Quiz and read the instructions. This is an open book quiz. Print out the quiz, fill out all the requested information and take the quiz. Please sign the quiz as indicated. Your signature indicates that you have read and understand the material offered to you. Without the signature, the quiz will not be recorded and you will not be registered as an X-ray operator and will not be permitted to utilize the equipment. As instructed, when finished, make a copy of the quiz and send the copy through campus mail or bring it to the Radiation Safety Officer, Faraday 327. Keep the original for your records.
  3. Once you have been approved as an authorized X-ray User/Operator, you may be periodically contacted via e-mail by the Radiation Safety Officer or representatives of the Radiation Safety Committee informing you of available training classes.

Laser Safety Training

Lasers have become an important tool in today’s technology. They have opened many avenues to research and manufacturing. But since they, like all tools, are capable of causing injury, they must be used with knowledge and respect. This Laser Safety Program is designed to give the operator a basic understanding of how lasers operate and how to reduce the risk of personal injury. The material in this program may be printed out and kept for later referral.

Training Instructions

  1. Review the materials:
  2. Open the NIU Laser Safety Quiz and read the instructions. This is an open book quiz. Print out the quiz, fill out all the requested information and take the quiz. Please sign the quiz as indicated. Your signature indicates that you have read and understand the material offered to you. Without the signature, the quiz will not be recorded and you will not be registered as a laser operator and will not be permitted to utilize the equipment. As instructed, when finished, make a copy of the quiz and send the copy through campus mail or fax it to the Laser Safety Officer. Keep the original for your records.
  3. Once you have been approved as an authorized Laser User/Operator, you may be periodically contacted via e-mail by the Laser Safety Officer or representatives of the Laser Safety Committee informing you of available training classes.