Training Policies and FAQs

Training Policies

Late Arrivals

Attendees arriving more than 10 minutes late to a training session will not be permitted to enter the classroom and will need to attend training on a different date. Please plan to arrive on time or a few minutes ahead of time to EHS training sessions. If you have any questions about the location of training, parking, or other logistical concerns, please contact EHS.

Minimum Scheduled Attendees

EHS requires a minimum of two scheduled attendees* in order to hold a training session. Training sessions with one or no scheduled attendees will be cancelled.

*Some classes (such as Fire Extinguisher Use training) require a minimum of three or more attendees due to the materials and hands-on exercises involved in hosting the class.

Training Provided by Other Institutions

George Mason University’s EHS training programs are developed internally and contain information pertinent to your health and safety with specific information regarding the university. Therefore, no equivalent outside training will be accepted in place of any training course required by your job function.

Training FAQs

-Training Registration-

Due to capacity of training rooms, facilities, and other factors, we do have to impose a limit to the number of seats available per class. Once a class has filled up, you can request to be added to the waitlist. Waitlisted attendees will be added to the list of registrants if and when a seat opens up*, in the order that they were added to the waitlist. Please note, if you are waitlisted when you register you are not actually signed up for that class. Please email safety@gmu.edu with any additional questions about being waitlisted for a class.

*Seats open in classes when registrants cancel their registration, or in some cases if the class size is able to be increased to accommodate waitlisted registrants. Class size increases depend on the space available in the room and the trainer’s discretion.

To register for training through EHS, click here. On the registration page, enter either your G# or first and last name. If you’ve attended training or registered with us in the past, the system should find a match for you. If not, click on the option to complete registration as a first-time registrant. After you’ve signed in or registered, you’ll be able to view all of our classes and their upcoming trainings.

Please note, EHS offers trainings to George Mason University Faculty, Staff, Students, Volunteers, Interns, Governor’s School students, and other affiliates. If you’re not sure if you can attend training through our office, please email safety@gmu.edu and we’ll be glad to assist you in answering any questions you may have about eligibility or required courses.

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-Training Schedule-

Please check our training schedule via the calendar or the training registration portal. You’ll be able to view the upcoming trainings for all of our scheduled monthly trainings.

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-Group Training-

Sure! We always recommend checking our routine training schedule to see if there are any upcoming trainings with enough open seats to accommodate your group. If there are no classes with schedules that meet everyone’s needs, please submit a Group Training Request form.

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-Training Attendance Confirmation-

You can view and print your training history by signing into our registration system and selecting “View Training History.”

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-Other-

EHS offers a variety of safety trainings. A calendar of upcoming training sessions is available here. You can register for classes online by clicking here. For more information on training programs visit the EHS training page.

The frequency of training depends on the training program. Most training programs require an initial training and retraining thereafter is required every one to three years.

Contact EHS for additional information on training and retraining requirements or visit the EHS training page.

Because programs can change slightly from organization to organization based on the way that each organization goes about satisfying a state or federal regulation, all employees and students that conduct activities that require training must attend the relevant George Mason University training program even if training was acquired from a previous employer or organization.

Sure! We always recommend checking our routine training schedule to see if there are any upcoming trainings with enough open seats to accommodate your group. If there are no classes with schedules that meet everyone’s needs, please submit a Group Training Request form.

For BSL-2 Refresher: You must have completed BSL-2 Orientation and Laboratory Safety Orientation, or completed BSL-2 Biosafety Refresher within the past 12 months to be eligible to take the refresher course. If you have passed the 12-month deadline, you must register for the full orientation class again. If you are not sure if you are eligible for the BSL-2 Refresher class, please check your training history. If you sign up for BSL-2 Refresher and are not eligible to take the class, you will be unregistered and will receive an email from the EHS office letting you know that you’ll need to sign up for BSL-2 Orientation and Laboratory Safety Orientation.

For Lab Safety Refresher: You must have completed Lab Safety Orientation or Refresher within the past 12 months to be eligible to take the refresher course. If you have passed the 12-month deadline, you must register for the full orientation class again.If you are not sure if you are eligible for the BSL-2 Refresher class, please check your training history. If you sign up for Lab Safety Refresher and are not eligible to take the class, you will be unregistered and will receive an email from the EHS office letting you know that you’ll need to sign up for Laboratory Safety Orientation.

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