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The Biosafety Office provides training as required by the NIH Guidelines as well as specialized, agent-specific training. Work with biohazardous materials needs to be registered with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and in turn the IBC requires personnel involved in such work to complete a minimal set of trainings. These training requirements can be found on the IBC website.

PI Training on NIH Guidelines

All Principal Investigators of an approved registration must complete the online PI Training on NIH Guidelines (Recombinant DNA and Synthetic Nucleic Acids) within 3 months of registration approval. This training can be found on the IBC website.

Basic Biosafety Training

Initial training

All staff listed on an approved registration must complete the Basic Biosafety Training before they can be added to a registration. The training is available as online modules. To see a description of the modules and access the training, please go to the IBC website.

Refresher training

All staff listed on an approved registration must renew this training every 3 years. The renewal is done by completing the same online modules.

Specialized Biosafety Trainings

Vaccinia

All staff listed on an approved registration involving work with Vaccinia Virus need to complete a short information 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 Manager 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 Manager 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.