The following trainings are available to help you understand how to safely perform your work or studies, avoid the risk of injury and help protect campus property. By completing safety training, you help ensure your department's compliance with safety and health regulations, as well as the NIU Health and Safety Policy.

To determine which training you need, check the Safety Training Matrix below. Additional safety training that is not listed may be required. You can complete training online or you can contact us via email, phone or our Request for EHS Services form to find out more about our training schedule.

Students, graduate students and teaching assistants should contact the Office of Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety to learn more about participating in required laboratory safety training.

Environmental Health and Safety staff are able to provide awareness level training on most topics listed in the matrix. We can also provide classroom instruction for those classes offered online. We also partner with the National Safety Education Center to offer classes that require demonstration of competency in the field.

Safety Training Matrix

Are you an NIU employee who will… …Then you are required to attend training on… Per applicable regulatory requirement Frequency
Delivery Method
Operate an Aerial Lift? Mobile Elevated Work Platform Operator OSHA 29 CFR 1910.66 3 4 Classroom/Field
Operate a forklift lift? Powered Industrial Truck Operator OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 3 4 Classroom/Field
Provide training on aerial lifts or forklifts? Mobile Elevated Work Platform/Powered Industrial Truck Train-the-Trainer Training OSHA 29 CFR 1910.66 and 1910.178 3 4 Classroom/Field
Enter confined spaces? Confined Space Entry Awareness OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 Initial 8 Classroom
Disturb materials containing asbestos? Asbestos: Supervisor,  Operation and Maintenance- Awareness OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1001 and 1926.1101 Annual 842 Classroom/Field/Online
Disturb materials containing lead? EPA Lead Renovator Rule- OSHA Lead in General Industry and Construction EPA 40 CFR Part 745 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1025And 1926.62 5Annual 1 Classroom
Come in contact with potentially infectious fluids? Bloodborne Pathogen OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030 Annual 1 Classroom
Wear a respirator? Respiratory Protection OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 Annual 1 Online
Wear PPE (harness, hard hats, safety glasses, etc)? Personal Protective Equipment OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132 Initial 1 Classroom
Perform hot work operations? Hot Work (Welding, Cutting and Brazing) OSHA 29 CFR 1910.253 and 1910.254 Initial 1 Classroom
Work with equipment or areas where you need to raise your voice to have a conversation? Occupational Noise OSHA 29 CFR 1910.95 Annual 1 Classroom
May be exposed to electrical shock? Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices OSHA 29 1910.332 Initial 1 Classroom
Work on electrical power generation, transmission or distribution systems? - Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices (Qualified Employees)- Lockout/Tagout (Non-Qualified Employees) OSHA 29 1910.269 Initial 84 Classroom
Service or maintain energized equipment? Lockout-Tagout- Authorized- Affected OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 Initial 44 Classroom
Work on equipment energized at 50 volts or more operate a chainsaw or other logging equipment? CPR and First Aid OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 2 4 Classroom
Use or handle chemicals? Hazard Communication OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 Initial 1 Online
Need to work in an academic/research laboratory? Hazardous Chemicals in a Laboratory OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450 Initial 1 Contact ORCIS
Operate a chainsaw or other logging equipment? Logging Operations - Chainsaw OSHA 29 CFR 1910.266 Initial 8 Classroom/Field
Required to use a fire extinguisher? Portable Fire Extinguisher OSHA 29 CFR 1910.157 Annual 1 Classroom/Online
Service single or multi-piece rim wheels? Single or Multi-Piece Rim Wheels OSHA 29 CFR 1910.177 Initial 1 Contact EHS
Operate a mechanical power press? Mechanical Power Presses OSHA 29 CFR 1910.217 Initial 1 Contact EHS
Erect scaffolding? Scaffold Erector OSHA 29 CFR 1926.454 Initial 4 Classroom/Field
Use scaffolding? Scaffold User OSHA 29 CFR 1926.454 Initial 4 Classroom/Field
Use a ladder? Ladder Safety OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1060 Initial 1 Classroom
Work on roofs, various elevations, or otherwise exposed to a fall hazard? Fall Protection OSHA 29 CFR 1926.503 Initial 4 Classroom
Cut, drill, or grind masonry materials that may contain silica? Silica Safety OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1053 Annual 1 Classroom
Work with hand tools, power tools or powder actuated tools? Specific tool and associated PPE OSHA 29 CFR 1926.300 and 1926.302 Initial 1 Classroom
Provide initial response to a petroleum-based release? Underground Storage Tank Emergency Response OSFM 41 Ill. Admin. Code 176.620 and EPA 40 CFR 112.7 2 1 Online – Contact EHS
Sign infectious/medical waste manifests? DOT Training DOT 49 CFR Part 71 3 1 Online – Contact EHS

Please note:

  • Department-specific training is also required to safely operate tools, machinery, equipment or to participate in specific operations or processes. Please consult your supervisor for additional information.
  • Training and re-training may be required under the following conditions:
    • Upon initial assignment.
    • Upon change in job duties.
    • Demonstrated inadequacies in an employee's knowledge or skill set that suggests the employee has not retained the requisite understanding or skill.
    • Changes in the workplace which may render previous training obsolete.
    • Changes in the types of PPE to be used rendering previous training obsolete.
    • After an incident or near-miss.