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The Biosafety Office provides training for work involving biohazards. This training is available for any staff, student, or faculty whose work puts them at risk for exposure to biohazardous materials. The trainings described below have been developed to address the applicable regulatory requirements and to assist personnel in understanding how to work safely and avoid exposure to biohazards.

Accessing Training

Most of the trainings are available online. You can easily enroll through Tufts Learning Center to complete these trainings and refreshers.

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If you do not see the training you need listed below, or if you would like to schedule a special training session, please contact the Biosafety Office at biosafety@tufts.edu.

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Training

Federal law requires this training for employees whose duties put them at risk for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens (BBP). The trainings listed below meet the federal training requirement described in the OSHA regulation: 1030 Bloodborne Pathogens. Personnel must complete the training BEFORE they begin work that puts them at risk of BBP exposure.

There are three versions of BBP Training listed below. Each version has been tailored to a specific type of audience. Please read the description to determine which training best fits your job duties. If you are not sure which training to take, contact the Biosafety Office at biosafety@tufts.edu.

Note: Please plan to take this training during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, and contact the Biosafety Office if you have questions during the training.

Federal law requires that a knowledgeable expert is available to answer questions about the information in the BBP Training. The Biosafety Office staff is available to answer questions during normal business hours. Staff contact information can be found here.

BBP Training for Non-Laboratory/Clinic Personnel

Who should take this training?

This training is designed for staff who do NOT work in a clinic or laboratory setting. Examples of people who should take this training include Facilities Services personnel, Tufts Police, Tufts Emergency Medical Services, and Tufts personnel whose job description includes providing first aid to staff or students. The content is aimed at staff who may perform housekeeping or janitorial duties, service lab areas/equipment, perform first aid, respond to emergencies, or perform arrests or body searches.

Training Description

This training is composed of three required elements

  • Aninteractivevideo-based training that provides an introduction to Bloodborne Pathogens and the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.There are questions embedded in this module to check your understanding of the material.
  • A training module that supplements the above video by providing specific information related to working at Tufts, typical examples of you may encounter an exposure to BBP, how to avoid exposures, and what to do if you have an exposure to BBP while working.This module also has embedded checkpoint questions throughout the presentation. You must complete the entire module to ensure that all questions have been answered.
  • A link to the online Hepatitis B Vaccine Acknowledgement Form. Clicking the link will bring you to an online survey You may choose to accept or decline the Hepatitis B vaccine. Each employee who has risk of exposure to BBP must fill out this form to submit their choice.

This is an online training that can be accessed via the Tufts Learning Center. It must be renewed annually (within 365 days). To access the training please use this enrollment link.

BBP Training for Clinic Settings

Who should take this training?

This training is designed for staff who work in a clinic setting and/or work with patients. Examples of people who should take this training include students of the School of Medicine, students and staff of the School of Dental Medicine, Health Services staff, students in the Department of Occupational Therapy. The content is aimed at staff who work with patients and/or handle patient blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Training Description

This training is composed of three required elements

  • An interactive video-based training that provides an introduction to Bloodborne Pathogens and the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. There are questions embedded in this module to check your understanding of the material.
  • A training module that supplements the above video by providing specific information related to working at Tufts, typical examples of you may encounter an exposure to BBP, how to avoid exposures, and what to do if you have an exposure to BBP while working. This module also has embedded checkpoint questions throughout the presentation. You must complete the entire module to ensure that all questions have been answered.
  • A link to the online Hepatitis B Vaccine Acknowledgement Form. Clicking the link will bring you to an online survey form. You may choose to accept or decline the Hepatitis B vaccine. Each employee who has risk of exposure to BBP must fill out this form to submit their choice.

This is an online training that can be accessed via the Tufts Learning Center. It must be renewed annually (within 365 days). To access the training please use this enrollment link.

BBP Training for Laboratory Personnel

Who should take this training?

This training is designed for students, staff, and faculty who work in a teaching or research laboratory setting and handle human source materials, including blood, other potentially infectious materials, and cell lines. Research and teaching activities using these materials must be part of an approved IBC registration, and personnel who will perform the work must receive this training before they can be added to the registration and before they start doing the work. More information about the requirement to take this training can be found in the IBC policy about training.

Training Description

This training is also called Basic Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) Training. See the description for Basic BSL2 Training below.

PI Training on NIH Guidelines

Who should take this training?

All Principal Investigators of an IBC registration must complete the Principal Investigator Training on NIH Guidelines (also called PI Training) before the IBC registration can be approved. More information about the requirement to take this training can be found in the IBC policy about training.

Training Description

The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules have been the focus of increased scrutiny by the Office of Science Policy (OSP) at NIH. As part of this, many research institutions across the nation were inspected, including our own.  To ensure that everyone working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center are aware of the regulations, the IBC requires that all Principal Investigators of an IBC Registration complete this training at least once. It is required whether or not the PI currently works with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids. This training includes important information about IBC oversight, procedures, and PI responsibilities.

This is an online training that can be accessed via the Tufts Learning Center. It has checkpoint questions throughout the module. You must complete the entire module to ensure that all questions have been answered. To access the training and built-in checkpoint questions please use this enrollment link .

 

Basic Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1) Training

Who should take this training?

All faculty, staff, and students who will be listed on an IBC registration that has been approved for work at Biosafety Level 1 must complete the BSL1 Training before they can be added to a registration. More information about the requirement to take this training can be found in the IBC policy about training.

Training Description

This training covers an overview of the NIH Guidelines as well as biosafety as it relates to Biosafety Level 1. Topics include risk assessments, hazards of agents, exposure routes, PPE, engineering controls, decontamination, spill response, exposure response, training requirements, and lab responsibilities. The training must be renewed every 3 years.

This is an online training that can be accessed via the Tufts Learning Center. It has checkpoint questions throughout the module. You must complete the entire module to ensure that all questions have been answered. To access the training and built-in checkpoint questions please use this enrollment link.

Basic Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) Training

Who should take this training?

This training is designed for students, staff, and faculty who will work in a teaching or research laboratory setting at Biosafety Level 2. That includes faculty, staff, and students that will handle human source materials, including blood, other potentially infectious materials, and cell lines. All faculty, staff, and students who will be listed on an IBC registration that has been approved for work at Biosafety Level 2 must complete the BSL2 Training before they can be added to a registration. More information about the requirement to take this training can be found in the IBC policy about training.

Training Description

This training is composed of three required elements

  • An interactive video-based training that provides an introduction to Bloodborne Pathogens and the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. There are questions embedded in this module to check your understanding of the material.
  • A training module that covers an overview of the NIH Guidelines as well as biosafety as it relates to Biosafety Level 2 and the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. Topics include risk assessments, hazards of agents, exposure routes, PPE, engineering controls, decontamination, spill response, exposure response, training requirements, and lab responsibilities. This module also supplements the above video byproviding specific information related to working at Tufts, typical examples of you may encounter an exposure to BBP, how to avoid exposures, and what to do if you have an exposure to BBP while working. This module also has embedded checkpoint questions throughout the presentation. You must complete the entire module to ensure that all questions have been answered.
  • A link to the online Hepatitis B Vaccine Acknowledgement Form. Clicking the link will bring you to an online survey form. You may choose to accept or decline the Hepatitis B vaccine. Each employee who has risk of exposure to BBP must fill out this form to submit their choice.

This is an online training that can be accessed via the Tufts Learning Center. It must be renewed annually (within 365 days). To access the training please use this enrollment link.

 

Specialized Biosafety Trainings

Vaccinia Virus

All staff listed on an approved registration involving work with Vaccinia Virus need to complete a short training on the risks associated with Vaccinia and the recommended safety precaution. This training should be completed prior to working with the virus. Please contact the Biosafety Office to schedule this training.

Biosafety Level 3

All staff listed on an approved registration involving work at biosafety level 3 need to complete an advanced biosafety training that outlines the special features of the relevant facility and the additional safety measure in place for working and BSL3. This training is meant to be an introduction that is followed by additional, lab-specific BSL3 training provided by the Principal Investigator or lab supervisor. This training should be completed prior to beginning the lab-specific training. Please contact the Biosafety Office to schedule this training.

Select Agent and Toxin Program

The Federal government (USDA and CDC/HHS) classifies certain biological agents or toxins that are deemed a severe threat to public, animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products as Select Agents or Select Toxins. Any possession, use, transfer or shipment of these materials is strictly regulated. For the most up to date listing please check http://www.selectagents.gov/SelectAgentsandToxinsList.html.

Work with agents or toxins that are part of the Federal Select Agent Program requires special approval before any such work can begin. Anyone considering work with any of these materials must first contact the Biosafety Office to initiate the approval process. This will involve personnel security clearances and other paperwork, medical clearance, and significant additional trainings on the Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Incident Response Plans.  The whole process can take several months to complete, so it is important to begin the process well in advance.