In order to establish immunization requirements and ensure that staff are appropriately trained in safety issues, Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) uses the Hazard Exposure Assessment (HEA) form to identify various hazards to which staff are exposed. The HEA also helps EH&S ensure that Fred Hutch complies with Washington state regulations.
Each employee is responsible for completing an HEA form with assistance from his or her supervisor upon hire. The worker is asked to review the HEA for changes annually, and when he or she changes positions within Fred Hutch.
The HEA allows staff to report any exposures that apply to his or her position to EH&S. This information is then used to determine the appropriate safety training, as follows:
- Staff who work with radioactive materials in a Fred Hutch-owned or operated lab may be required to wear a dosimeter and to take either the two-hour or eight-hour Radiation Safety Training course, depending on prior radiation experience and/or training.
- Staff who work with chemicals in a laboratory must take Lab Safety Training.
- Staff who handle human blood, body fluids, unfixed tissue or organs, or who handle blood, organs, or tissues from animals infected with human bloodborne pathogens and/or who work in HIV labs must take the New Employee Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Training upon hire, and annually thereafter.
- Staff who handle chemicals in a non-lab environment such as Animal Health Resources (AHR), Facilities Engineering (FE), or glassware must be trained by their supervisors as described in Chapter II, and must attend annual hazard communication training provided by EH&S.
- Staff who use dry ice when shipping materials on behalf of Fred Hutch must complete the online Dry Ice Shipping Training before shipping.
- Staff who ship biological specimens on behalf of Fred Hutch must read Chapter VII, Section 2.1. Staff may also attend Biological Specimens Shipping Training, which is optional.
- Training needs are determined on a case-by-case basis for all staff persons who ship other hazardous materials (liquid nitrogen, radioactive materials, chemicals, tissue fixatives, etc.) on behalf of Fred Hutch.
- Online ergonomics training is recommended for all staff who perform intensive keying, mousing, pipetting, microscopy, heavy lifting and manual handling, or any other ergonomically high-risk duties.
- Additional safety training such as hearing conservation (required by Animal Health Resources and Facilities Engineering), forklift training, and laser safety training may be required. Staff are informed about the training required of them, and must attend any training determined to be necessary. Additional safety training needs are identified by EH&S based on hazards specific to the department or research.
Immunizations and/or TB testing may be required for staff who handle human bloodborne pathogens; for staff who have face-to-face interaction with SCCA patients as part of their jobs; for staff who handle tissue or organs potentially infected with TB; and for staff who are in contact with populations at high risk for TB infection. For specific immunization requirements, see Section 2.