Upcoming Trainings



We provide training for students, faculty and staff. Trainings comply with OSHA regulations and ensure that all members of the GW community know how to safely operate inside labs, classrooms and at work.

We encourage all GW employees to take advantage of our learning opportunities, especially floor wardens.

Courses are offered throughout the year and you are welcome to request a training for your group.

If you're interested in a training, please contact us at 202-994-4347 or safety@gwu.edu.

Trainings for Students, Faculty and Staff

Bloodborne Pathogens Safety

This course is recommended for GW employees who will be in contact with blood and/or human or animal bodily fluids during field research and/or laboratory work.

Anyone can attend who would like to learn about universal precautions and how to maintain good infection control practices at work.

The course covers a review of engineering controls in place at GW, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommendations and a demonstration and information about relevant vaccinations available to workers as needed. 


CPR/AED Safety

During this course the EMeRG group educates GW staff members on how to save lives.

You’ll learn about life-saving breathing techniques and how to apply chest compressions during a cardiac emergency.

You'll also learn how to use the many AED (automated external defibrillator) machines around the GW campuses along with the CPR process.

Upon passing the CPR examination with at least an 80% score, participants have the opportunity to receive an American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) certification card that is good for at least two years.

2017 CPR/AED Safety Training Schedule can be found here. To register, email safety@gwu.edu

Fire Extinguisher Training

Participants will receive an overview on fire prevention, how to use a fire extinguisher and practice extinguishing a controlled live fire.

Floor Warden Safety

If you're a floor warden and are a key point of contact for a building on campus during emergencies, this session will teach you scenario-based training on how to handle different emergencies and how to work with first responders. 

You'll receive some safety equipment during the training.  

Floor Warden Tabletop Exercise (canceled until further notice)

This course is a third level emergency preparedness training for floor wardens.

This training session presents floor wardens with several emergency scenarios and educates them on how to calmly respond to each while performing their role as a floor warden.

General Safety

All GW staff are encouraged to take this course annually to complete the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) safety training requirement.

You will learn how to prepare for emergency situations on campus and beyond and the difference between an evacuation and a shelter-in-place, and when to perform either action. 

Other course material includes fire prevention tips, the floor warden program and a demonstration of the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machine. 

Laboratory Safety

All GW employees who have exposure to hazardous materials in a laboratory setting on GW campuses should take this course, including undergraduate and graduate students.

This course covers biosafety, chemical hygiene, disposal of hazardous waste and fire safety in a laboratory setting.

A review of the different kinds of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in laboratories is also provided. Attendees learn about the physical symptoms of exposure and how to respond to an emergency situation in a laboratory. 

2017 Laboratory Safety Training Dates can be found here. To register, email safety@gwu.edu.

Trainings for Facilities Management Staff

Back Safety

Facilities management employees often have to lift heavy items during the work day.

This course will educate you on three primary ways to maintain a healthy back while working:

  • use proper lifting techniques
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • exercise to keep the back muscles strong

As a participant, you will get a chance to practice proper lifting techniques during the class.

(OSHA Technical Manual - OTM, Section VII: Chapter 1)

Confined Space

Entry into certain types of confined spaces, such as manholes, trenches and pipe chases, may pose significant risk to workers.

An inventory of such spaces has been developed and employees who may need to enter these spaces should be trained in the safe work practices and personal protective equipment required.

Training must be provided prior to entry into a confined space and repeated whenever there are changes in hazards.

BC employees should also be aware that hired contractors who work in confined spaces be made aware of associated hazards.

(OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146)

Electrical Safety

During this course, facilities management staff learn the hazards of working around and with electricity, including OSHA regulations for safe electrical work, on-the-job hazards of electricity and how to protect yourself while working with electricity.

Handouts are provided of general electrical safety tips.

(29 CFR 1910.269, App A-E, and 29 CFR 1910.301-308, 29 CFR 1910.331-335)

Fall Protection

This course enables employees to recognize the hazards of falling when working on elevated surfaces (e.g., roofs, scaffolds, aerial lifts).

GHS Right-to-Know HazCom

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has mandated that all businesses educate their staff on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of chemical classification and labeling system.

We've developed a customized curriculum to cover the requirements of the standard.

Staff members learn about the new chemical classification, labeling and numbering system, and review an actual Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and new pictograms associated with the GHS process.

(HazCom Regulation: 29 CFR 1910.101-126 – Subpart H)

Hearing Protection

While performing on-the-job tasks, employees of the Facilities Management department may be exposed to extreme conditions that can challenge hearing or present a hazard for a potential slip, trip or fall.

This course outlines the hazards of being in these extreme situations, different precautions and work practices to do to stay safe and the personal protective equipment needed to be protected from these hazards.

(Fall Regulation: 29 CFR 1910.23, 25-28, 66-68, 132, 269 and 29 CFR 1915.71-77 and 1915.158-160; Hearing Regulation: 1910.95 Support G)

Hot Work and Red Tag Safety

Occasionally a permit is required for certain types of jobs that require either welding (hot work permit work) or shutting off primary valves for university utilities (red tag permit work).

This course reviews both permit-required work scenarios. Facilities management staff learn about hot work permit work, when it’s required, how to get a permit and how to be safe while hot work is being performed.

Similar safety training is provided on the red tag permit work, why the permit is required and how to get one, along with a review of general safety precautions for red tag work (a form of lockout/tagout).

(29 CFR 1910.251-255)

Lead & Asbestos Safety

During the work day, many facilities management staff have the potential for exposure to the materials and chemicals present within the structure of the older buildings on campus.

We help protect staff through education about the hazards of lead and asbestos, where it could be found on the GW campuses and protection from exposure.

(29 CFR 1910.1001, App A-J and 29 CFR 1910.1025, App A-D)

Motor Vehicle Safety

There is a small population of facilities management staff who maneuver motor vehicles or small utility trucks across the GW campuses.

This course will educate staff about general defensive driving techniques (especially on a college campus) and tips on how to maintain the motor vehicle properly.

(29 CFR 1910.178)

Power Tool Safety

During this course facilities management staff learn the hazards of working around and with power tools.

The course covers OSHA regulations for working safely with power tools, machine guarding, electrical safety tips and how to use proper protective equipment while using power tools.

(29 CFR 1910.211-219 – Subpart O and Subpart P)

Respiratory Protection

While performing on-the-job tasks, employees of the facu department are occasionally exposed to extreme conditions may challenge breathing or present a respiratory hazard.

This course outlines the hazards of being in these extreme situations, different precautions and work practices to follow to stay safe and the personal protective equipment needed to be protected from hazards.

(29 CFR 1910.134 – Subpart O and Subpart P)