12.1 Required Courses

EHS has compiled a Safety Training Course Guide, listing the training courses offered and the intended audience for each course.  Courses that may be required for individuals working in biological laboratories are listed below.

  • Basic Biological Safety.  This course is required initially and recommended annually for lab personnel who work with biological materials.  
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Safety.  This course is required in order to fulfill OSHA’s initial training mandate for all individuals who are identified as “at risk” for exposure to bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials.  Three different courses are available; the employee and their supervisor should decide which course is appropriate for them.  Bloodborne Pathogens for Lab Workers is designed for laboratory employees and students.  Bloodborne Pathogens for College of Public Health is designed specifically for faculty, staff, and students of the College of Public Health.  Bloodborne Pathogens for Non-lab Workers is designed for non-laboratory staff such as Athletics, Residence Services, and Public Safety.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher.  This course is required in order to fulfill OSHA’s annual training mandate for all individuals who are identified as “at risk” for exposure to bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials.  The refresher course may be taken annually only if staff has already completed the Bloodborne Pathogens for Lab Workers or Bloodborne Pathogens for College of Public Health course during their initial training.
  • Shipping with Dry Ice Safety.  This course is required by IATA (International Air Transport Association) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations initially and then every two years for individuals who are shipping with dry ice as the only hazardous material.  
  • Shipping Infectious Substances/Diagnostic Specimens with or without Dry Ice Safety.  This course is required by IATA and DOT regulations initially and then every two years for individuals who are shipping infectious substances and/or diagnostic specimens with or without dry ice.  
  • NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA.  This course is intended for principal investigators and lab personnel involved in research utilizing recombinant DNA or recombinant organisms.

These courses cover general information and in some cases may not fulfill all training topics required by DOT and/or OSHA.  In some cases, site-specific, departmental information must be provided in addition to the completion of EHS courses in order to be in regulatory compliance.  Please direct any questions regarding the type of training required by your laboratory to EHS’s Biological Safety Staff by calling 335-8501.