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This training is MANDATORY for anyone working with the agents described in an active IBC Biological Materials Registration and must be renewed every three years. Topics include risk assessments, hazards of agents, exposure routes, PPE, engineering controls, decontamination, spill response, exposure response, training requirements, and lab responsibilities.

*NOTE: The Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Standard is not covered in this training. For more information or to schedule a BBP training, contact Tufts EHS. If you are a Tufts Medical Center employee, please contact TMC’s EHS Office (617-636-3218) to discuss their BBP requirements.

Online Training

The online training is broken up into modules. Each person must take the NIH Guidelines Awareness Module and EITHER the Biosafety Level 1 Module OR the Biosafety Level 2 Module, depending on the Biosafety Level indicated in the approved IBC Registration. Each module has built-in questions throughout the presentation. You must complete the entire module to ensure that all questions have been answered.

If you are not sure whether you should take the BSL-1 or the BSL-2 Module, contact the IBC Office.

It is recommended that you complete these modules using a PC with Microsoft Office PowerPoint. The links listed below will take you to PowerPoint Show files in a Tufts Box folder. You will need to click the Download button in order to download the file and run the training module. It may take a few minutes to load, depending on the processing speed of your computer.

  • NIH Guidelines Awareness Module: This is required for all personnel and should take about 15 minutes to complete. Note: Since this material is covered in the Principal Investigator training, new PIs do not need to take this awareness module as part of their initial training, however it must be completed as a part of the Basic Biosafety refresher every 3 years.
  • Biosafety Level 1 Module: This is required for personnel to work on an IBC registration approved at BSL-1 and should take about 45 minutes to complete.
  • Biosafety Level 2 Module: This is required for personnel to work on an IBC registration at BSL-2 and should take about 60 minutes to complete. NOTE: This module includes all the information in the BSL-1 module so you do not need to take both.