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RSO Training

Welcome UMD RSO's to the 2009 RSO refresher training,  this is a mandatory training for all Research Safety Officers.
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About the RSO Program

To comply with state and federal environmental health and safety rules and regulations, researchers must be covered by a written safety plan, and have written safe operating procedures for their research protocols.  Safety training is required for all researchers, initially when hired and at least annually thereafter.  The training must be documented and records kept for at least 5 years.  Research laboratories and work areas must be inspected regularly to ensure training has been effective, and researchers are complying with these rules. 

To help departments accomplish these goals, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) has developed a Toolkit.  The toolkit provides information about
  • The University's Research Safety Program;
  • The Roles and Responsibilities of a Research Safety Officer (RSO);
  • Development of a Research Safety Plan;
  • Health and Safety Resources; and
  • Training for Research Safety Officers
The RSO is a key player in the success of this program, and therefore, DEHS is asking departments to designate one person to be the RSO for your department.  The RSO should have a technical background and be familiar with the research program of the department, in order to properly fulfill the RSO's Roles and Responsibilities

For additional information regrading the RSO training please call  218-726-7273

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