EHSO Safety Training Page Information

The University of Hawaii EHSO provides or facilitates safety training for UH Manoa (including Manoa-based off-campus facilities) faculty, staff and students to maintain compliance with UH policies, various regulatory agencies, including HIOSH and the State DOH, and to provide a safe work environment. Safety training is provided via online classes (several already available and others are under development) and also in-person.

For specialty program and high demand classes such as:

the EHSO can hold in-person sessions. However, for the time being, the Initial Lab Safety and Initial Hazardous Waste Generator Training courses are being held online. Please click on the appropriate link above for more information on the training you are seeking.

Other classes can be scheduled by contacting the individual EHSO program directly or the EHSO Education Coordinator, Leimomi Kekina, by email at or by phone at 956-5180.

Safety training varies by the type of work being done and must be determined by the supervisor by evaluating job hazards first using a Job Hazard Analysis form. It is important to understand that safety training is only part of a system of risk reduction controls and is never a stand-alone substitution for proper engineering measures, other administrative controls (such a written policies and task specific standard operating procedures), and personal protective equipment.

Generally, most employees fit into one of two main categories:

Lab Employees (research related work in a physical lab or field setting). Examples include:
Anyone working in a research lab handling chemical, biological or radiological commodities; this may also include anyone conducting scientific research diving.

Non-Lab Employees (non-research related work). Examples include:
Shop personnel, custodians and groundskeepers, health services personnel, office personnel, Department of Public Safety personnel.

Courses not offered by the UH EHSO can be contracted with vendors. Contact the EHSO Education Coordinator for more information.

Please note: For safety training of personnel at JABSOM Kaka’ako, please email Lisa Johns at for more information.

For Biological Safety Training, please contact the Biological Safety Office Directly: