Biological Safety Classes
Introduction to Biosafety
The purpose of this class is to introduce new biohazardous material workers with the Biosafety Program. Topics covered include biosafety organization, biosafety committee, biosafety levels, risk assessments, safety procedures, sharps, select agents, security, inspections, biohazardous material types, purchase, shipment, storage, use, waste disposal, emergency procedures and available resources. This class is intended for all campus personnel working in a biosafety 2 or above facility."
The class is designed to give experienced biohazardous material workers an update of the biosafety program. Topics cover an overview of Introduction to Biosafety, discussion of site specific issues, inspections results, new policy/regulations, and biosafety resources. All biohazardous material workers in a biosafety level 2 or above facility must attend this training every 3 years.
Bloodborne Pathogen Safety
The purpose of this class is to enable students to gain an understanding of blood borne pathogens (BBP), transmission, exposure potential, incidents, universal precautions, Hepatitis B vaccine, emergency releases clean-up, policy and available resources. This class is intended for laboratory personnel and investigators working routinely with human BBP and other potentially infectious materials. All BBP workers in biohazard laboratories or use areas must attend this training every year. The 30 minute "Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness" course may not be substituted for this course..
Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness
This course covers the basics of blood borne diseases, universal precautions, housekeeping, exposure hazards, common sense rules, policy and available resources. Only ancillary workers frequently visiting biohazard laboratories such as custodial, maintenance, IATS, police and related service staff will receive credit for taking this course. All others must take the one hour course titled "Bloodborne Pathogen Safety".
Biosafety Cabinet Safety
The purpose of this class is to enable the student to gain an understanding of laboratory hoods and biological safety cabinets. Topics covered include control type, design, air flow characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, safe work practices, inspections and certifications, hazard flags, emergency procedures and available resources. This class is intended for all campus laboratory personnel and maintenance staff working with or on laboratory hoods or biosafety cabinets.
Recombinant and/or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (rsNA)
The purpose of this class is to familiarize the Principal Investigator and lab personnel with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules. These guidelines are the standard for containment and safety research practices involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. All lab staff in recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule research laboratories are required to complete this training program initially and then again every three years.
Biological Materials Shipping -- Category A
The purpose of this in-person class is to train staff on proper identification, classification, and packaging of Category A infectious substances in accordance with the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations and/or guidelines. This class also covers Category B Biological Substances, Genetically Modified Organisms, and patient specimens. This training, if applicable to the individual's work, is required every two years. This training is intended for campus personnel who will ship or receive genetically modified materials, human blood, or infectious substances capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.