Environmental, Health & Safety Training

Environmental, Health & Safety provides health and safety training courses that meet regulatory and policy requirements and support a culture of safety for Bemidji State University. Online training courses are available currently in the D2L online program. As of 2020, online safety training will be transitioning to the Enterprise Learning Management (ELM) system. More information will be announced prior to the transition.

Federal and State OSHA standards and rules mandate several programs that require employers to provide health and safety training and information to employees. In some cases, the training is required on an annual basis. Though the standards do not typically specify how the training should be accomplished, many of them do set forth minimum content requirements. The pertinent standards are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29 (29 CFR) and the Minnesota Rules, Chapters 5205 and 5206. It is the supervisors’ responsibility to insure that all safety-training requirements for employees under their supervision have been adequately addressed, according to the applicable OSHA standards. Full-time, part-time, intermittent, emergency, adjunct and temporary faculty and staff, student workers, graduate assistants, and all other individuals receiving compensation from BSU, are considered employees and therefore must be included in applicable training. Supervisors should also note that training requirements must be completed before the employee is assigned to tasks or duties subject to any training requirement. Failure to provide required training can result in citations, fines, and other penalties.

BSU Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides support for regulatory compliance and training efforts. In this role, EHS tracks developments in environmental health and safety regulations and standards and determines their applicability to campus activities. EHS can provide some general training and will assist with arrangements for specific training, upon request. For questions about safety training please contact Erin Morrill at 755-2545 or