Welcome!

The Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center (MeRTEC) at USM’s Office of Research Integrity (ORIO) is currently offering on-line trainings for small businesses and schools for a nominal fee. These trainings will expand your professional knowledge and skills, help you grow in your career, and discover new ways safely support yourself and others.  These trainings are self-paced and can be completed day or night from the office or the classroom. 

To enroll in one of these trainings, please visit the MeRTEC Training Store

Once the nominal fee has been received your registration will be processed and you will receive a user name and temporary password within one business days.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call toll-free 1-844-374-5264.

Refund Policy

A full refund will be given for training cancellations received in writing within one week of receiving the username and password and less than 50% of the training is complete.

Large Group Purchase Language for MeRTEC.org

If your organization requires registration for a large number of participants, please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call toll-free 1-844-374-5264.

Chemical Hygiene for Schools

Duration: 60 minutes

Lab safety and chemical hygiene are extremely important—and sometimes overlooked—aspects of science in schools. We’re here to support students and instructors on their road to new scientific discoveries by providing information about how to create the safest learning environment possible.

Your learning objectives for this course include:

  1. Understanding the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and Maine Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS) requirements for laboratory safety and chemical hygiene
  2. Learning what you can do to prepare your lab environment and equipment for safe learning and exploration
  3. Becoming familiar with safe lab practices, including proper labeling, storage, disposal, training and record keeping
  4. Becoming familiar with the required personal protective equipment that should be available in your lab
  5. Understanding what to do when there is a problem in your lab
  6. Knowing how to develop your own chemical hygiene plan

After completing the course, you will take a post-test. Once you earn at least 80% on the post-test, you will earn your certificate of completion.

Bloodborne Pathogens for Schools

Duration: 90 minutes

People who work in schools are often exposed to multiple illnesses, infections, and pathogens on a daily basis. Some of these “bugs” are innocuous, but others—especially those that are carried in human blood—can cause serious illness.

How can you protect yourself, the students, school volunteers, and other employees from bloodborne pathogens? The answer to this question is the primary purpose of this course. By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify bloodborne pathogen risks in the school environment.
  2. Describe the common bloodborne diseases.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of self-protection strategies and the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against the transmission of bloodborne pathogens.
  4. Explain appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures after exposure to potential bloodborne pathogens.
  5. Understand and comply with bloodborne exposure reporting recommendations and requirements.

Bloodborne Pathogens at Work (for General Businesses)

Duration: 90 minutes

Often people think the healthcare population is the only employee population that needs to focus on protection from bloodborne pathogens. However, every employee in every line of work should be aware of the risks and the protective measures they can take to keep themselves and their work community safe.

How can you protect yourself, your customers, and other employees from bloodborne pathogens? The answer to this question is the primary purpose of this course. By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify bloodborne pathogen risks in your work environment.
  2. Describe the common bloodborne diseases.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of self-protection strategies and the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against the transmission of bloodborne pathogens.
  4. Explain appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures after exposure to potential bloodborne pathogens.
  5. Understand and comply with bloodborne exposure reporting recommendations and requirements.

Starting Your Business: An Introduction To Regulatory Compliance (Coming Fall 2017)

Regulations are not always easy to find, understand, or know if they apply to your business, especially if you’re just getting started. In this one-hour course, we provide an overview of the following:

  • Forming Your Business and how to get the process started
  • The five basic legal types of businesses
  • What regulations are and where they come from
  • Regulations that may affect your particular business, including:
    • regulations for food businesses,
    • zoning considerations,
    • labor laws, and
    • harvesting from the ocean. 

Throughout each of these topics, I’ll be sharing some general information and providing specific resources for you to explore on your own.

Marine Industry Regulation, Including Import and Export Regulation (Coming Fall 2017)