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
|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|
- 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.