▼   Biosafety
BSL-1, BSL-2, and BSL-3 employees must be provided with Biosafety training prior to a potential occupational exposure and annually thereafter. Employees must understand the modes of germ or pathogen transmission, types of protective equipment available, how to handle spills and emergencies, as well as the different categories of pathogens (germs) and review of biohazardous tasks. All notifications, training, and monitoring programs must be documented. USA's biosafety training is available through CITI Program.
▼   Animal Biosafety
All personnel working with biohazardous materials in animals are required to view Working at Animal Biosafety level 1, 2 or 3 (the level that is applicable to their research). Each video provides guidance on a wide range of topics including donning and doffing personal protective equipment, decontamination of work areas, handling of animals, working with sharps, and transporting animals. Animal Biosafety Videos
▼   Viral Vectors
This online training has five modules. The first one is an introduction to viral vector technology and how to assess its risks. All personnel who work with viral vectors are required to complete module 1 and then all subsequent modules pertaining to the types of viruses that the laboratory has registered with the IBC. At the end of each training module, there are practice exercises. Also, printable copies of the modules are provided. Viral Vectors: Web Training
▼   Shipping and Packaging Biological Materials

Biological Materials Shipping

The online CITI module "Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials" is designed as initial training and periodic retraining for employees who package or ship diagnostic and clinical human or animal specimens, human or animal pathogens, and other regulated biohazards. The course is designed to meet requirements of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

This training module covers topics relating to shipping and transport of regulated biological materials such as: classifications, packaging requirements, shipping papers, permits for restricted shipments and transfers, security awareness, emergency response information, and refrigerants. An average score of 80% is needed to pass the training.

The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) classifies Class 6.2 infectious substances into two categories, Category A and Category B biological Substances.  

 Category A infectious substances:

  • An infectious substance which is transported in a form that, when exposure to the material occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.
  • A diagnostic specimen that is suspected of containing a Category A Infectious Substance.
  • A patient specimen that is suspected of containing a Category A Infectious Substance.

Category B infectious substances:

  • Category B infectious substances are those infectious substances which do not meet the criteria for inclusion in Category A
  • Patient specimens suspected of containing a Category B Infectious Substance.

In an effort to ensure proper handling and labeling for biohazards being shipped both USA and other government agencies requires shipping training for those individuals who are likely to ship such materials.

WHO Shipping Tool

▼   BSL-3/ Select Agent

Institutions must provide training on safety and security for individuals working with select agents and toxins. Training must be provided to each individual approved for access and to each visitor working in or visiting areas where select agents and toxins are handled or stored. At a minimum, training includes: 

  • Initial training at the time of assignment to a work area where select agents or toxins are present and prior to assignments involving agents. Refresher training must be provided at least annually. The investigator is responsible for ensuring that personnel are trained appropriately.
  • Training in safety , containment, security and emergency response must be provided to all individuals working with select agents and toxins. 
  • Training defined by the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

CDC/APHIS Training Materials

▼   Exposure Control Plan

The OSHA Standard has mandated that each work site develop an independent Exposure Control Plan (ECP) and implement the plan to ensure the safety and health of all personnel determined to have occupational exposure to human blood, body fluids, tissues and other potentially infectious materials in their job assignments.

All USA research laboratories registered with the IBC for use and approval of biological hazards are required to maintain a laboratory specific Exposure Control Plan (ECP) along with an exposure control plan training record.  By signing the training record, laboratory personnel acknowledge that they have reviewed the Lab-Specific Exposure Control Plan with their PI/Supervisor and understand potential biological hazards associated with working in the laboratory.

An ECP template is provided to aid PI's in creating an ECP for their laboratory. 

▼   Respiratory Protection Program

USA requires that approved respiratory protection be worn at all times (when infectious agents are in use) while in research facilities operating at BSL-3. Approved respiratory protection includes respirators rated at N-95 or greater (half life piece), or powered air purifying respirators (PAPR). All individuals wearing respiratory protection must be enrolled in the USA Respiratory Protection Program administered by the USA Department of Safety and Environmental Compliance. This program requires an annual fit testing for respiratory protection, initial health screening questionnaire for respirator users, and ongoing (annual) training regarding the use and limitations of the respiratory protection provided.

Contact Safety and Environmental Compliance to arrange for respirator fit testing:

Lisa Hudley

Phone: (251) 460-6677