Biological Programs

Biological Training

All persons working with biohazardous materials must have appropriate training. New employees in BSL-2 or higher biohazardous material activities are required to take an introductory course. A separate training course is available for Ancillary Workers (custodial, maintenance, law enforcement, ITS, etc.). Once initial training is received, a refresher is required every three years. Where applicable, Blood Borne Pathogens training - Universal Precautions must be taken initially followed by annual refreshers. All persons who work with animals need to be evaluated under the MU Occupational Safety and Health Program for animal care workers. The Principal investigator is responsible for determining the type of training for every individual, based on their contact with the project.

All persons working with or around biohazardous material(s) must:

  • Be instructed in the laboratory specific exposure control plan, including: entry control procedures; the meanings of the various signs, signals or other controls used; applicable emergency procedures; recognition and prevention of dangerous situations and/or exposures; and the symptoms (acute and chronic) of possible exposures.
  • Receive documented training in basic biosafety controls; applicable directives (including use of this manual); and specific preventative control methods and requirements of their work and work area.

Environmental Health & Safety provides various training classes for those people who work with or around Biohazardous materials. These courses are provided to general audiences on a regular basis or can be customized to the specific needs of individual departments or work groups. EHS also provides training to meet related departmental needs or interests upon here.

A listing of the available classes currently being offered by Environmental Health & Safety can be found on our Training page