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Training for work with Biological Materials

The type and frequency of training will depend on the agents/materials being used and the requirements of the facility where the lab(s) are located, training may be required for approval of your IBC protocol.  The following matrix provides information on the training programs (including general laboratory safety training requirements), as well as links to information regarding the type of training offered and how to register for the specific training.  If you have any questions regarding biosafety training that you may be required to complete, please contact the IBC administrator (biosafety@oehs.utah.edu).        

    Required Training Modules Guide

     This guide serves as a way to distinguish which module(s) are required based on your position or the agents/materials being                 used within your lab. For a detailed description of the modules please review the Module Matrix Key below. 

Are you a University of Utah faculty, staff, student or visitor who…..

Module Number 

is a PI or Laboratory Supervisor

1, 2, 3, 4

will work in a wet lab with biological materials at BSL2 or higher

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

AND/OR

 

Will work at BSL1

6

Have a risk of an occupational exposure to human materials (e.g. blood, specimens, tissue or cells or cell lines, or bloodborne pathogens?

7 (or 8), 9, or 10

Will work in a BSL2/BSL2+/BSL3 lab or space

9, or 10 (or 8 for refresher), plus 18

Will work with recombinant viral vectors at BSL2

9 or 10, plus 18

Will work with recombinant viral vectors at BSL1

11, plus 18

Will work with animals at BSL2

12, plus 18

Will work with unfixed macaque primate tissues, cells, fluids or products

13

Will ship or extramurally transport biological materials

14

Will work in a BSL2/BSL2+ lab or space with other labs/groups present

15

Will use a Biosafety Cabinet

16 and/or 18

Will centrifuge biological materials

17

Module matrix key

To view more details about your module, please click on the module number. If you are unable to register for a class in Bridge (or receive an error message) please contact Bryson Ockey for assistance at Bryson.Ockey@ehs.utah.edu

 

 Module Number

Module Name

Frequency

Provided By:

1

New Employee Training

At time of hire:

Automatically assigned and notifications sent through the Online Bridge Learning Management System. May also be accessed through CIS or https://utah.bridgeapp.com/

 

2

Laboratory Safety

Time of Assignment

Online: EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

3

Chemical Hygiene Training

Time of Assignment and Annual

EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

4

Hazard Communication

Time of Assignment and Annual

Online: EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

5

Lab-Specific Training

Time of Assignment and Annual

Principal Investigator/Lab Supervisor

6

Introduction to Biosafety

Time of Assignment (Periodic repeat recommended)

EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/54c87c5a/enroll)

7

Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Time of Assignment and Annual

EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

8

Bloodborne Pathogens (Refresher) Training

Annual (after initial training)

EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

9

BSL2 and Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Time of Assignment and Every 3 Years*

EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

10

BSL2, Bloodborne Pathogens and Viral Vectors Training

Time of Assignment and Every 3 Years*

EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

11

Online Viral Vector Training

Time of Assignment and Every 3 Years

University of Cincinnati (https://research.uc.edu/support/offices/biosafety/events-trainings)

12

Animal Biosafety Level 2 Training

Time of Assignment and Every 3 Years

EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

13

BSL2, Bloodborne pathogens and Herpes B virus Training

Time of Assignment and Annual

Contact Biosafety Officer (Biosafety@ehs.utah.edu)

14

Shipping Category B Infectious Substances and Dry Ice Training

Every 2 Years

EHS (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100)

15

Shared Space Training

Time of Assignment

Lab Supervisor

16

Biosafety Cabinet Training

Optional: time of assignment

EHS Online (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/b86dc785/enroll) , CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/labtraining/training-courses/biological-safety-cabinets.html) or EHS in Person Training (#18)

17

Fundamentals of Centrifuge Safety

Optional: time of assignment

CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/labtraining/training-courses/fundamentals-centrifuge-safety.html)

18

In Person Training

Optional: time of assignment

https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/training/b8c49d56/enroll


*Annual requirement for Bloodborne Pathogens training

Details

  1. New Employee Orientation Training (NEO). For all new employees, human resources will auto-assign, through the Online Bridge Learning Management System (LMS), the following courses: Welcome to the University of Utah; Benefits Information; Security Awareness; Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action; Sustainability at the U; Hazard Communications; and Safety in the Workplace.  This online training takes an average of 2 hours. Training may also be accessed through CIS or https://utah.bridgeapp.com/

  2. Laboratory Safety. This training will cover multiple aspects of laboratory safety, including identification of the most common routes of chemical exposure and identification of common hazards found in a laboratory environment, proper handling, storage and disposal methods of hazardous chemicals, and identification of control methods that reduce chemical exposure. In addition, you will learn how to respond to various emergencies such as exposure, spills and fire, and how to recognize hazards. You will learn housekeeping and storage practices and how to protect yourself through the proper use Personal Protective Equipment (or PPE) and emergency safety equipment. Training needs to be completed at the time of assignment. Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found using this link (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100).  

  3. Chemical Hygiene Training. Participants will gain an understanding of the key laboratory safety practices and procedures that should be followed to conduct safe science when working in University research facilities. Presentation will include chemical properties of concern associated with storing and handling chemicals, and methods to prevent exposure. Understanding University labeling and signage, the handling and disposal of regulated waste, and spill clean-up procedures, will be described. How to report incidents, injuries, and illnesses will be explained and relevant campus resources will be discussed. All individuals who work with flammable, corrosive, toxic, oxidizing, air or water reactive chemicals in the research laboratory are required by OSHA Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450). Typically, laboratories that work with these chemicals generate waste that is hazardous to the environment, this training also details procedures for unwanted materials disposal pursuant to RCRA training requirements for a University laboratory (40 CFR 265.16, 40 CFR 262.207). Chemical Hygiene Training needs to be completed on an annual basis. Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found using this link (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100).  

  4. Hazard Communication. Hazard communication, also known as HazCom, is a set of processes and procedures that employers must implement in the workplace to effectively communicate hazards associated with chemicals during handling, shipping, and any form of exposure. OSHA requires that any employer with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must design and institute a written hazard communication program, which includes labeling all containers, giving all employees access to safety data sheets, and conducting a training program for all employees who could be exposed to the hazards. This course will provide general information for Hazard Communications.  Training needs to be completed on an annual basis. This training is auto-assigned by HR at the time of hire.  Repeat training may be accessed through https://utah.bridgeapp.com/ 

  5. Laboratory/Protocol-Specific training. All personnel must receive training from the Principal Investigator, at the time of assignment and at least annually thereafter.  This training must include a risk assessment for any microbial agents being used in the lab (including routes of infection, signs and symptoms of exposure and options for vaccinations or post-exposure prophylaxis), engineering and work practice controls, PPE requirements, spill clean-up procedures, and post-exposure procedures, as applicable. Laboratories with a comprehensive Biosafety manual may use this for training, with signatures documenting review.  In person trainings, for example during lab meetings, can also be documented using the “Site-Specific Training Checklist and Record SOP” in the IBC Fact Sheets and SOP library.

  6. Introduction to Biosafety: This is an online training module that provides an introductory course for laboratory personnel working with biological agents at Biosafety Level-1 at the University of Utah. The course describes the use of engineering and administrative controls in the lab, the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, how to clean up spills of biological materials, waste disposal and what to do in the event of an exposure incident. Register at:  https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/54c87c5a/enroll.

  7. Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Training: This is a 1.5 hour class required for anyone working with human or non-human primate cell lines, blood, tissue, body fluids, as well as other potentially infectious material (OPIM) of human origin: this includes work with established cell lines. Training must be completed at the time of assignment and repeated annually (see #8), as described in federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.10309, the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, section (g)(2).  Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found using this link (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100) or through the IBC calendar.

  8. Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Refresher Training:  For personnel that have previously completed the full Bloodborne pathogens training class.  This is a 1 hour class required for anyone working with human or non-human primate cell lines, blood, tissue, body fluids, as well as other potentially infectious material (OPIM) of human origin: this includes work with established cell lines. Training must be completed at the time of assignment and repeated annually), as described in federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.10309, the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, section (g)(2).  Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found using this link (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100) or through the IBC calendar.

  9. Biosafety Level-2 (BSL-2) and Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Training. This is a 2 hour class required for anyone working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids or pathogenic/toxic materials requiring BSL2 containment.  This class also includes information on Bloodborne Pathogens for those working with human or non-human primate cell lines, blood, tissue, body fluids, as well as other potentially infectious material (OPIM) of human origin: this includes work with established cell lines. Training must be completed at the time of assignment and repeated whenever IBC registrations are submitted (initial and renewal). However, personnel working with human or non-human primate samples or cell lines must repeat BBP training annually by either retaking this class or taking one of the BBP Training classes (See #7 or 8), as described in federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.10309, the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, section (g)(2).  Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found using this link (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100) or through the IBC calendar.

  10. BSL-2, Viral Vectors, and Bloodborne Pathogens Training. This is a 2 hour class required for anyone working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids or pathogenic/toxic materials requiring BSL2 containment and includes information on commonly used recombinant viral vectors.  This class also includes information on Bloodborne Pathogens for those working with human or non-human primate cell lines, blood, tissue, body fluids, as well as other potentially infectious material (OPIM) of human origin: this includes work with established cell lines. Training must be completed at the time of assignment and repeated whenever IBC registrations are submitted (initial and renewal). However, personnel working with human or non-human primate samples or cell lines must repeat BBP training annually by either retaking this class or taking one of the BBP Training classes (See #7 or 8), as described in federal regulations 29 CFR 1910.10309, the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, section (g)(2).  Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found using this link (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100) or through the IBC calendar.

  11. Online Viral Vector Training. This is an online training module provided by the University of Cincinnati and can be accessed using this link (https://ce.uc.edu/cpd/Workshops/Index/Biosafety?term=viral+vectors). This training is suitable for employees working with recombinant AAV or murine retroviral vectors at BSL1 that do not attend one of the EHS BSL2 or Bloodborne Pathogens training classes (#’s 7, 8, 9 or 10 above). In addition, modules are available for recombinant lentiviral and adenoviral vectors that can be taken to supplement the EHS classes. Participants must complete the Risk Assessment training (Module 1) plus the module for the viral vector that they are using.  Training must be documented by completion of the Viral Vector Training Assurance form found here . Training must be completed prior to working in the laboratory and repeated whenever IBC registrations are submitted (initial and renewal).

  12. Animal Biosafety Level 2 Training. This is a 30 minute online class required for anyone working with animals requiring ABSL-2 containment. Training must be completed at the time of assignment and repeated whenever IBC registrations are submitted (initial and renewal). Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found using this link (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100).

  13. BSL-2, Bloodborne Pathogens and Herpes B Virus Training. This is a 2 hour class required for anyone working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids or pathogenic/toxic materials requiring BSL2 containment AND work with Macaques, including unfixed samples and cells.  This class also includes information on Bloodborne Pathogens for those working with human or non-human primate cell lines, blood, tissue, body fluids, as well as other potentially infectious material (OPIM) of human origin: this includes work with established cell lines. The risks associated with the potential exposure to Herpes B virus and procedures to follow in the event of an exposure are described.  Training must be completed at the time of assignment and repeated annually. Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found by contacting the Biosafety officer at Biosafety@ehs.utah.edu.

  14. Shipping Category B Infectious Substances and Dry Ice Training. Participants will learn how to classify, package, label, and document shipments containing infectious or potentially infectious materials in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Air Transporters Association (IATA) regulations. Specific and practical information will be provided for laboratory personnel and study coordinators who ship infectious or potentially infectious materials by air or highway. Case scenarios will be included in the presentation. Regulations and procedures for shipping with dry ice will also be described. Upon completion, participants will be certified to ship Category B materials for a period of 2 years. All individuals who package and ship infectious materials and/or dry ice are required by federal regulation (49 CFR 171-180) to complete Shipping Training every two years. Individuals who package and ship potentially infectious human specimens should also complete this class. Information regarding the class, and how to register for a class, can be found using this link (https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/category/100) or through the IBC calendar.

  15. Shared-Space Training. All BSL2 (or higher) lab spaces that are shared by 2 or more PIs using different biohazardous agents, who are not co-PIs or co-investigators on an approved IBC protocol(s), must conduct a joint “Biohazards Awareness and Training” session for all the personnel working in the space. See “Training on Biohazards in Shared Spaces SOP” in the IBC Fact Sheets and SOP library.

  16. Biosafety Cabinet Training. The EHS Online course provides information on the safe use of Class II biological safety cabinets (BSC). Topics covered include how to identify a BSC, how a BSC works and protects the worker and environment, how to work safely inside a BSC, and what to do if there is a spill while working in a BSC. Register and complete the course at: https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/courses/b86dc785/enroll.

    The CDC basic-level eLearning course provides information on the safe use of a Class II BSC. Topics covered include major parts of a BSC, how a BSC works, how to work safely inside a BSC, and what to do if there is an emergency while working in a BSC. Videos, interactive exercises, job aids, and a modifiable checklist template are included in the course to enhance the learning experience. Register and complete the course at: https://www.cdc.gov/labtraining/training-courses/biological-safety-cabinets.html.

  17. Fundamentals of Centrifuge Safety. This CDC basic-level eLearning course provides information on the safe use of centrifuges. Topics covered include major parts of a centrifuge, types of centrifuges, potential hazards, how to work safely with a centrifuge, and what to do if there is an emergency. Register and complete the course at: https://www.cdc.gov/labtraining/training-courses/fundamentals-centrifuge-safety.html.

  18. EHS In Person Training Class. This hands on class includes an introduction to Biosafety cabinet use, including visualization of air flow, how to disinfect the cabinet, how to arrange materials for work, safe work practices and how to safely move materials in and out of the cabinet. The class will also demonstrate spill clean up, donning and doffing of PPE and hand washing. The class is currently offered monthly and is limited to 4 participants to facilitate physical distancing.  Register and complete the course at:  https://utah.bridgeapp.com/learner/training/b8c49d56/enroll
Last Updated: 11/3/21