Safety Training Classes

Course Descriptions

New Employee Safety Orientation

Description: 
This class is provided to all new employees as part of the overall orientation program, and provides a brief overview to the University's safety program. 

Objectives: 
1. Introduce new employee to the University Safety program and the applicable State and Federal laws that govern the safety program. 
2. That all employees understand the function and duties of the Employee Safety and Health office. 
3. That employees know and understand their responsibilities in the event of an emergency or injury. 

Benefits: 
All employees are aware of the University safety program, the safety office and of their responsibilities as an employee. 

Recommended Participants: 
New University Employees. 

Fire Safety 

Description: 
This class is designed to demonstrate to the employee the dangers posed by a large fire, actions to be taken in the event of a fire, and uses and limitations of portable fire extinguishers. 

Objectives:
1. Employee will be aware of dangers posed in a large fire by heat and toxic gases. 
2. Will know how to evacuate and sound the alarm, and how emergency response works. 
3. The employee will know how and when to use a portable fire extinguisher in an emergency through practical demonstration. 

Benefits: 
Employees will be able to take correct actions during a fire emergency to prevent injuries and minimize property damage. 

Recommended Participants: 
All University employees. 


Emergency Evacuations

Description:
This class will teach employees of procedures to follow if an emergency occurs and an evacuation is required. 

Objectives: 
1. Understand when and how to evacuate during an emergency. 
2. Quickly identify emergency alarms and evacuate properly. 

Benefits: 
The trained employee will know the procedures to follow to protect himself/herself if it is necessary to evacuate a building. 

Recommended Participants: 
All University Employees may participate in the class; however, employees designated to search the buildings during a fire alarm are required to attend. 


Emergency Preparedness

Description:
This class is designed to give a broad overview of the various disasters which could occur in the Memphis area and ways of coping with these emergencies. The class focuses on steps to be taken before, during, and after disaster occurs. 

Objectives: 
1. Know the various types of disasters which may occur in the Memphis area. 
2. Know actions to be taken during various types of emergencies. 

Benefits: 
Employees know how to protect themselves and others when an emergency occurs.

Recommended Participants:
All University Employees. 


Office Safety

Description:
This class is designed to show employees the many potential hazards found in a typical office environment and how they may be injured if conditions were uncorrected. 

Objectives:
1. Familiarize employee with typical office hazards. 
2. Steps to take to avoid potential hazards. 

Benefits: 
Reduce employee injuries by improving office conditions. 

Recommended Participants: 
All employees who work in an office at The University of Memphis. 


Proper Lifting

Description:
This class is designed to instruct the employee how to prevent back injury through improving posture use of back belts and proper lifting techniques. 

Objectives:
1. Employee will understand how posture affects the back. 
2. Employee will understand uses and limitations of back support belts 
3. Know how to properly test and lift a load minimizing stress on back.. 

Benefits: 
Employee will be able to safely lift a load without injuring his/her back. 

Recommended Participants: 
All University Employees. 


Summertime Safety

Description:
This class is designed to prepare the employee for dealing with the stress brought on by a typical Memphis summer. The emphasis will be on heat- related injuries and protective measures. 

Objectives:
1. Know the different types of heat related injuries and how to recognize them. 
2. Understand how to protect oneself from the effects of heat and summer. 

Benefits:
Employee will be able to continue working under summer conditions safely.

Recommended Participants:
All University Employees. 


Winter Safety

Description:
This class is designed to prepare employees for hazards presented by winter weather (snow, ice, and cold) and to offer some tips in dealing with the challenges imposed. The class looks at winter driving, preparing the house for emergency conditions and various cold-related injuries. 

Objectives:
1. Know how to prepare vehicle and driver for winter conditions. 
2. Know how to prepare for event such as an ice storm. 
3. Be familiar with cold weather injuries such as hypothermia and frostbite and protective measures. 

Benefits:
Employee will be prepared to deal with winter weather conditions at home and at work and would be able to handle the extreme conditions without undue hardship. 

Recommended Participants:
All University Employees. 


Confined Spaces

Description:
This class will teach the employee to know the characteristics and hazards of confined space and understand how to follow rules and regulations to protect themselves. 

Objectives:
1. Know the characteristics and hazards of confined spaces.
2. Understand how to follow confined space rules and regulations to protect themselves.
3. Follow permit-required confined space precautions.
4. Understand the different roles and responsibilities associated with work in and around permit-required confined spaces.

Benefits:
Employees will be able to recognize hazards involved with working in confined spaces and will know how to protect themselves. 

Recommended Participants:
Employees of Physical Plant & Planning and Telecommunications. 


Leadership Resource Training

Description:
This portion of the training program highlights safety resources available at the University to assist potential, current, and newly hired supervisors, managers, faculty members, department heads, and other administrators in daily activities, procedural issues, employee concerns, etc. 

Objectives:
1. To train participants to use resources available in Employee Safety & Health. 
2. To train participants to set an example in safe working habits to employees. 

Benefits:
Properly- trained supervisors will set a positive example for employees and also train the employees to work safely. 

Recommended Participants:
All University Employees who work in a supervisory position, or plan to work in a supervisory position. 


Driving Safety

Description:
This class is presented as a reminder to employees of safe driving tips, vehicle preparation, and trip planning. 

Objectives:
1. Employee will understand how applying the safe driving tips can help them avoid an accident. 
2. Employee will understand how taking care of a vehicle will help reduce accidents. 
3. Employee will understand how a little prior planning can make a trip more enjoyable and a lot safer. 

Benefits:
This class will help employees avoid automobile accidents, which is the No. 1 cause of accidental deaths in the US. 

Recommended Participants:
All University Employees. 


Holiday Safety

Description:
This class is designed to offer tips on having a safe holiday season. Tips will be offered on how to decorate house and tree safely, winter driving safety and survival tips, and preparing home for winter revelry.

Objectives:
1. Know how to safely decorate your house and tree to minimize fire hazards. 
2. Offer basic winter driving safety tips. 
3. Know how to party safely and what to watch for from others. 

Benefits:
Employee will be able to enjoy the holiday season more and return back to work when holidays are over.

Recommended Participants:
All University Employees. 


Spring Cleaning

Description:
This class is designed to assist the employee when they are engaged in Spring Cleaning at home. Class covers such topics as dangerous insects/animals, dealing with old medicines, and proper lifting back safety.

Objectives:
1. Know where and what precautions to take to minimize risk from dangerous insects or animals. 
2. Know and understand how to protect family from danger associated with old medicines and cleaning agents. 
3. Know how to lift properly and protect back from injury. 

Benefits:
Employees are aware of potential hazards around the house where we feel safest and how to eliminate those hazards during cleaning or do-it-yourself projects. 

Recommended Participants:
All University Employees. 


Vacation

Description:
This class is designed to assist employees on their vacation by helping them protect themselves during various activities. The class covers actions to take prior to leaving home, while traveling (auto, plane) and some precautions to take while at your destination. 

Objectives:
1. Know where to find information on vacation planning and some precautions to take prior to leaving home. 
2. Learn both benefits and hazards associated with various means of travel while on vacation. 
3. Know ways of protecting yourself from hazards while engaged in various recreational activities such as boating, swimming, hiking, etc. 

Benefits: 
The employee understands that being safe applies on vacation and that having fun can be hazardous. 

Recommended Participants:
All University Employees.