Anyone who’s ever worked in a University lab has had to sit through Brown’s Environmental Health and Safety mandatory training workshops. While the skills learned at these classes are undoubtedly things you’d want to know when handling E. Coli samples or highly reactive metals, we at BlogDH feel that Brown students, in the spirit of the not-so-New Curriculum, should be able to apply these lessons outside of the classroom.
And so, BlogDH has gone through the variety of EHS course offerings and found the ones that might interest our readers:
1. Hazardous Waste Training and Biosafety Training is required of all individuals who come in contact with chemicals or bodily fluids in their line of work. While the chemistry going on between you and your partner(s) at SPG may not be dangerous per se, party managers who deal with the clean-up afterward may find these two courses helpful when they’re picking up the latex waste party-goers leave behind with latex gloves.
2. Fall Protection Training teaches the life-saving skills necessary for workers whose jobs entail moving around at heights greater than 6 feet. This will especially in handy when attempting Epic Shortcut #3.
3. Office Ergonomics Training is intended for workers who get lots of facetime with their computers. While this is particularly applicable to students in fields that require constant computer usage, for the non-CS concentrators, carpal tunnel syndrome from paper writing should not be one of the many casualties of midterms.
4. Hearing Conservation and Audiometric Examination Training and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Training will be useful for any freshman new to Wriston as she learns to hang onto her red cup while making her way through a crowded room, all the while going deaf from ear-splitting music.
5. Asbestos Awareness Training and Confined Space Entry Training go hand-in-hand when it comes to exploring Brown’s underground tunnel network. With winter coming up, these trainings might come in handy, as the tunnels are where most of the heating comes from. However, no amount of training could prepare you for the possibility of a supernatural encounter.
6. Finally, Working in Extreme Temperatures Training should be required of everyone who has to camp out in the SciLi during winter.
If any of these training workshops interest you, you can always check out the training sub-calendar on Brown’s website to see when the next one will be held – shoot the EHS office an email with your RSVP.