Before beginning work with biohazardous agents, users must receive biosafety training commensurate with their assigned duties in addition other applicable training (Lab Safety, IACUC, Rad Safety, IRB, etc). Students enrolled in classes involving biohazards may do so only if biological safety instruction is provided as part of the coursework, clearly identified in the syllabus and is given by an Authorized User, the Biosafety Officer, or other person approved by The Committee.
All researchers using RG 2 agents and/or recombinant DNA must complete general biosafety training. Training will be conducted either through classroom sessions or online modules. The purpose of this training familiarize the Principal Investigator, lab and clinic personnel with good microbiological practices, which include recognizing risk groups for biological materials, appropriate containment levels, and personal protective clothing and equipment. The Biosafety Officer will be responsible for registration and oversight of the biosafety training courses.
Bloodborne Pathogen Training
All employees/researchers who have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens must receive initial and annual training by Health Compliance staff in the College of Health Professions. Training is provided online via Blackboard. Training includes epidemiology, symptoms, and transmission of bloodborne pathogen diseases. In addition, the training program covers, at a minimum, the following elements.