Safety Policies and Procedures Manual
Chapter 2: General Workplace Safety

Safety Training

SPPM 2.18

For more information contact:
   Environmental Health and Safety
   Public Safety

Departmental Training

University supervisors are responsible for providing initial safety training and periodically reviewing applicable safety procedures with University employees. The Safety Orientation Checklist may be used as a guide for this purpose.

Training Resources

Supervisors and trainers may obtain training aids from the following sources:

  • Videos, films, and slide programs on numerous safety topics directly from the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S).
  • Posters and audio-visual safety training aids from the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries. A catalog is available at EH&S.
  • Audio-visual materials from Academic Media Services. See BPPM 80.13.
  • Direct purchase from non-WSU vendors. Contact Public Safety or EH&S for assistance.

General Training Topics

All employees are to receive the following training within the employing department:

  • Back injury prevention and ergonomics
  • Prevention of slips and falls
  • Employee emergency plans
  • Fire prevention
  • Fire extinguisher operation (required annually)
  • Use and care of personal protective equipment, as applicable
  • Office safety (see SPPM 2.78)
  • Asbestos awareness training

Contact EH&S for assistance with identifying appropriate training resources.

Specific Training Topics

Employees who work under specified conditions are to receive training as required by the indicated state of Washington (WAC) and/or SPPM reference. Contact Public Safety, EH&S, or the applicable campus office for specific information. Enter all safety training received on a Safety Orientation Checklist. Specific work situations and applicable references are shown on the table below.

Training Description WAC SPPM Training Office
Bloodborne pathogen protection 296-823   EH&S
Confined space entry 296-809-200   EH&S
Crane operation 296-24-23529   EH&S
Flagging and traffic control 296-155-305   Public Safety
Forklift and powered material handling equipment operation 296-806-420   EH&S
Hazardous chemicals
(Hazard communication)
296-62-07310, 296-828-20005, 296-841-20020 5.10, 5.12 EH&S
Hazardous chemicals
(Laboratory safety)
296-828-200 4.14 EH&S
Hazardous material handling See WAC references for acetylene, anhydrous ammonia, oxygen, flammable liquids, compressed gases, hydrogen, LP gases, nitrous oxide, spray finishing and spraying operations.   EH&S
Hearing conservation 296-817-200 3.21 EH&S
Lockout/tagout (Control of sources of hazardous energy) 296-803-600,
2.73 EH&S
Machine safety 296-806-46510   EH&S
Motor vehicle trucks 296-865   Public Safety
Multipiece rim wheels 296-864   EH&S
Operation and maintenance of power presses 296-806-455, -45540   EH&S
outdoor heat exposure 296-62-09005 3.44 EH&S
Pesticide safety 296-307-12040 BPPM 45.69,
SPPM 5.12
WA State Pest Management Resource Svc.
Powder-actuated tools 296-807-150   EH&S
Powdered lawn mowers 296-807-160   EH&S
Respiratory protective equipment 296-842 3.24 EH&S
Scaffolding 296-874-20004 3.34 EH&S
Tractors 296-307-08018   EH&S
Use of ladders 296-876-400, -700   EH&S
Welding equipment 296-24-68201   EH&S
Working from elevated surfaces (fall restraint and fall arrest) 296-155-24605,
3.34 EH&S

Safety Training

Public Safety and EH&S provide safety training on a regular basis.

Other departments, e.g., WSU Spokane Laboratory Services, provide specific safety training as described below.

General Classes


EH&S conducts or coordinates the following general classes at no cost to departments:

  • Safety committee representative training
  • Supervisory safety training
  • Ladder safety
  • Forklift safety
  • Lock-out tag-out
  • Laboratory safety

Note: Laboratory Services provides laboratory safety training to WSU Spokane personnel; telephone 509-358-7629.

Public Safety

Public Safety conducts or coordinates the following general classes at no cost to departments:

  • Hostile intruder training
  • Flagging and traffic control
  • Fire extinguishers

First Aid Classes

See SPPM 2.40 regarding first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) training classes.

Training Documentation

Departments are responsible for maintaining training documentation in accordance with University records retention requirements. See BPPM 90.01.

Recurring Training Requirements

Departments are responsible for ensuring that employee completion of recurring training requirements is current and up-to-date.

Revisions:  Dec. 2017 (Rev. 116); Aug. 1995 (Rev. 13); Oct. 1991 – new policy (Rev. 9).