Workplace Safety Training

To enroll: Call Environmental Health & Safety at x8935 or by email at

Have you ever had the urge to pull the pin on that fire extinguisher and give it a shot? Here’s your chance!
Class includes classroom fire safety presentation and hands-on fire fighting using a fire extinguisher.
PLU Alum – Lieutenant Dan Bickel, Public Education Specialist with Pierce County Fire and Rescue, facilitates a classroom and hands-on fire extinguisher training session.

Free to PLU Students, Faculty, Staff and Administrators.

Space is limited to 25 participants for each session and filled on a 1st Come – 1st Reserved basis.
An announcement will be sent out prior to training availability. A confirmation reply will be sent to all that register.

* Recommended for Emergency Building Coordinators, Facilities Management Personnel, RD’s/RA’s/CA’s and Campus Safety Personnel.

All workers who have occupational exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens must receive training within 10 days of working at PLU and prior to handling any potentially contaminated materials.  Training must be repeated annually.

Required for Environmental Services, Campus Safety First Responders, and Healthcare Personnel, as well as any other workers who have potential for occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Training is assigned by supervisors, and is provided prior to performing any tasks which could expose workers to potentially infectious materials.  Contact for more information regarding this training.

Did you know that Charlemagne ate from a tablecloth made of asbestos? Learn about the amazing characteristics of asbestos, both beneficial and hazardous. Find out where we have asbestos at PLU and how to protect yourself from becoming ill from asbestos exposure.

Required for Cleaning Services, Maintenance, Telecommunications, and Media Services employees who may come into contact with asbestos materials during routine activities. Also required for Project Managers who are responsible for communicating asbestos information to contractors.

Great opportunity to learn how to save a life, protect yourself, your family and a PLU community member.
The class moves with lots of hands-on lifesaving practice techniques.

2 year American Heart Association Certification issued at completion of the course.
Provided by First Aid Northwest.

Michael Newhouse, NREMT-P and SEI of First Aid Northwest facilitates this 7 hour training course.
Free to PLU Students, Faculty, Staff and Administrators.

Space is limited to 25 participants for each session and filled on a 1st Come – 1st Reserved basis.

An announcement will be sent out prior to training availability. A confirmation reply will be sent to all that register.

* Recommended for Emergency Building Coordinators, Emergency Operations Response Members, Facilities Management Personnel and Safety Committee Members.

Driving a forklift is tricky business. PLU forklift training includes classroom instruction on the physical principles of safe forklift operation and hands-on personal instruction until each student can demonstrate skilled operation. Only those who have been pre-approved may attend.

Have you heard the term “MSDS” or “SDS”? This class will introduce you to Material Safety Data Sheets or Safety Data Sheets. Understanding MSDS’s or SDS’s is your key to understanding the hazards of the chemical products that you work with and how to protect yourself from being injured while at work.

The Hazard Communication regulations comprise the most frequently cited violation of safety law by Occupational Safety & Health Officers. Please protect your employees and ensure your department’s compliance with this regulation.

This is a general instruction course. Supervisors are still expected to train employees specifically to use the products within their department. Required for all employees who are exposed to hazardous products in the workplace and their supervisors, including, but not limited to: Natural Sciences, Facilities Management, Marketing & Communications (Mail Room), Art Department, and Dining Services.

Back injuries and other cumulative trauma disorders are one of the most prevalent injuries sustained by workers. They are also some of the most costly injuries for employers to compensate.

Learn how to reduce your potential for injury through a better understanding of how the body works, stretches that increase the capacity for the body to respond to physical stresses, and proper techniques for moving materials.

All employees are welcome. Required for Facilities Management, Conferences and Events, Stage Services, University Printing & Warehouse, Dining Services, Bookstore, and other employees that move materials.

Like back injuries, carpal tunnel, tendonitis and other cumulative trauma disorders develop over time. Learn how to identify risk factors for developing one of these illnesses and how to control those risks in your own work environment. Recommended for all employees.

*If you think you might need an ergonomic assessment, please call Joe Bell at x7233, or e-mail

Ladders are commonly used and misused. This class will show you how to use a ladder safely even for those awkward, uneven situations. Provided by Jim Sims, Labor and Industries Safety Consultant.

Recommended for Maintenance, Grounds, Media Services, Computing and Telecommunications, and others who use ladders.

Stop playing twister at work. Learn to be on the lookout for common hazards that contribute to fall injuries.

Open to all employees. Required for Facilities Management, Dining Services, Computing and Telecommunications, and Media Services personnel.

PLU does not currently maintain a Respiratory Protection Program, but does provide dust masks (“filtering facepieces”) to protect against nuisance levels of particulates.  These are intended for voluntary use only.  Please contact your supervisor or the PLU Environmental Health & Safety Manager with any concerns regarding respiratory protection or respiratory hazards at your work site.

For the full text of the respiratory protection requirements in the State of Washington here.

What is going on behind the scenes when an event strikes PLU? What should you do during an emergency? How can you prepare for an earthquake, fire, or plane crash?

The Environmental Health & Safety Manager will come to you. This can be a 10-minute overview for your office, school, or department at a staff or faculty meeting.

Required for Maintenance, Custodial, Campus Safety, Mail Room and Natural Sciences staff that may work around radioactive materials. A more in-depth training is also required for faculty and students authorized to handle radioactive materials. Contact the Radiation Safety Officer at x7550.

If you supervise or lead other PLU employees, you must also wear the white safety hat. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees are trained in safe work practices. They must also enforce PLU safety policies and regulatory requirements. This can be overwhelming. Get a grip on your safety responsibility as a supervisor with this introductory course in safety at PLU.

In addition, supervisors must attend specific training courses that are required for employees.