Laws and regulations mandate many types of training regarding hazardous materials use, pollution prevention and occupational safety. The type of information you are required to know varies depending on your job. Your supervisor or the office of Environment Health & Safety (EHS) can tell you what types of training are required. You can receive your required training in a variety of ways. Information about training is provided below.

Employee Training

Access the CSU Training Portal directly: CSU Learn Self-administered EHS courses are available from any campus computer.


General Guidance for All Workers and Employers For all workers, regardless of specific exposure risks, it is always a good practice to:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60%-70% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette, including wearing a mask/face covering and covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Maintain social distancing and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Recognize personal risk factors. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain people, including older adults and those with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

Student Lab Safety Training

Students Training Flow Chart

Follow this link for student lab safety training.

Arts & Sciences Faculty/Staff: EH&S Training

  1. What is Required ? Faculty & Staff Training Page
  2. Access the new CSU Training Portal directly: CSU Learn

When you have completed a course, you may print your certificate and provide a copy to your immediate supervisor.

Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS)

To start using this software for your laboratory, please visit CSU Safety.

Environmental, Health and Safety is implementing a set of tools designed to improve safety and facilitate regulatory compliance in laboratories and Arts department workshops across our campus. CSU Channel Islands will begin utilizing this cloud-based online software, developed by Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS), by 01 October, 2018.

The software includes three integrated modules:

  • ASSESSMENT: This tool allows principal investigators, professors and lecturers to identify hazards related to their laboratory research, classroom, or workshop and share this and other critical safety information about these hazards with all staff and student members of their lab.
  • INSPECT: A flexible, customized tool that manages the scheduling, completion and long-term tracking of safety inspections. It is available in a phone app as well as a desktop app for tablets, and laptops.
  • CHEMICALS: A chemical inventory management tool that uses a barcoding system to quickly add chemicals to an inventory. It includes a library of chemicals that are referenced to populate chemical details, such as hazards and first aid information. This module is available in a phone app as well as for tablet or desktop.

Risk and Safety Solutions developed ASSESSMENT, INSPECT and CHEMICALS for each CSU as part of a variety of online tools various University systems. As an example, the software has been used extensively throughout UC system’s ten campuses and five medical centers.

Training will be provided on a weekly basis via only webinars by the RSS Training Academy (PDF, 118KB).

Training video playlists

To start using this software for your laboratory, please visit CSU Safety.

In-person training

Many types of EH&S training can be provided “live” by EH&S and other campus staff. Contact your supervisor or the office of Environmental Health and Safety for arrangements.

For questions on accessing the EHS courses, or to review training needs for your area, please contact Environment, Health and Safety at 805-437-3550.

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