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Safety Training

The Office of Research Safety assists Principal Investigators by providing general lab safety training to meet basic regulatory requirements and inform researchers of UTHSC-specific work practices. All researchers working in labs containing hazardous materials (chemicals, biohazards, or radiological agents) are required to complete the course “Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene”. Additional safety training provided by your supervisor will be required based on the hazardous materials in your work area. The UTHSC Researcher/Staff Training Requirement Checklist will help you determine your training requirments based on the hazards encountered in the work that you perform.

Whenever possible, initial training for new employees and students working in labs should be completed through in-person classroom options. Refresher training and online training classes are available to students and staff through Blackboard. To access training on Blackboard, you will need follow the Enrolling in Safety Training on Blackboard instructions to enroll for specific classes.

Training provided by the Office of Research Safety covers general regulatory requirements and UTHSC institutional practices. It is the responsibility of Principal Investigators or Laboratory Supervisors to provide their employees with training that specifically addresses the processes and hazards encountered in their work area. This includes lab policies and practices related to PPE use, hazardous material handling, the safe use of equipment, etc. Additional guidance about work-area specific training content and documentation can be found on the Safety Training and Documentation webpage.

Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene

*Who is Required to Take This?: Everyone working in a lab.

*When: At the Time of Hire and Annually Thereafter.

Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Identifying hazards, basic chemical hygiene, Intro to biosafety, hazardous waste management, emergency response.

Option 1 In-Person: 10 AM, 2nd Wednesday of every month

or

Option 2 Online (Blackbaord classes): Laboratory Safety + Chemical Hygiene

120 Minutes

 

None 

 

Register via the HR 128 Calendar accessible through the UTHSC website or enroll using Blackboard

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Bloodborne Pathogens Training
*Who is Required to Take This?: Personnel handling human blood, human cells, other potentially infectious human body fluids.

*When: Prior to handling human blood, cells or other potentially infectious body fluids.

Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Human Materials Handling and Bloodborne Pathogens Training (meets the OSHA Standard requirements) Online: (Blackboard) Bloodborne Pathogens 47 Minutes Enroll using Blackboard tbarton4@uthsc.edu
Principles of Biosafety (BSL2)

*Who is Required to Take This?: All individuals working on IBC protocols. BSL2 agents are capable of causing illness or infection in humans. Personnel handling these agents must receive training to ensure hazard awareness, symptoms of exposure and proper work practices. As subject matter experts on the hazardous agents being handled, the Principle Investigator is responsible for providing that training or ensuring that staff members are properly trained. This training program is intended to assist with and guide that training.

*When: Prior to working on a protocol requiring the handling of BSL2 agents. Annually thereafter.

Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
BSL2 facility requirements, standard precautions, proper biological safety cabinbet use, incident response, NIH Guidelines

Two Part Course:

Part 1- Computer-based Self Study: (Principles of Biosafety BSL2 Training and Principles of Biosafety BSL Training Quiz)

Part 2- In-Person BSL2 Agent Specific Training: Training Checklist and Certification (to be completed by PI)

Computer-based Self Study: 60 Minutes (estimated)

Complete computer-based self study and training quiz. The training checklist is provided to guide your supervisor through training requirements specific to the hazardous agent that you will be handling. Additional instructions are provided on the checklist. E-mail your completed quiz and signed checklist to labsafety@uthsc.edu for confirmation and documentation.

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Biological Safety Cabinets: Use and Operation

Proper Use of Biological Safety Cabinet Presentation (Users must first download this PDF file to your desktop. Then launch it in Adobe Acrobat Pro to view)

*Who is Required to Take This?: Everyone working in LACU facilities or using a biological safety cabinets(BSC)/tissue culture hood.

*When: Before entering LACU facilities or working in a BSC and annually thereafter

Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
How to properly use and work in a biological safety cabinet. Online: Complete “Use of Biological Safety Cabinets” program and quiz on Blackboard. Email a screenshot of the quiz score at the end of the program to labsafety@uthsc.edu to document your completion. 15 minutes Enroll using Blackboard tbarton4@uthsc.edu

 

IATA Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials Shipping (For Personnel Shipping Potentially Infectious Materials)

*Who is Required to Take This?: Individuals that need to ship potentially infectious materials and dry ice (i.e.dangerous goods/hazardous materials. Individuals required to ship other hazardous materials including chemicals must contact the Office of Research Safety for shipping assistance.

*When: Prior to preparing packages for shipment. Every two years thereafter.

 
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
IATA Dangerous Goods and DOT haz mat training for shippers of infectious materials and dry ice

In Person: 10am, 3rd Wednesday of every month

60 minutes

None

Register via the HR 128 Calendar accessible through the UTHSC website

tbarton4@uthsc.edu

Radiation Safety Training for Radioactive Materials

*Who is Required to Take This?: Individuals handling radioactive materials including radioisotopes.

*When: Prior to handling radioactive materials. Annually thereafter

 
Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Radioactive material handling practices, dosimetry, emergency response procedures, surface wipe sampling In-person training with the Radiation Safety Officer 120-180 Minutes None wrone@uthsc.edu

X-Ray Safety Training

*Who is Required to Take This?: Individuals using X-ray generating equipment

*When: Prior to using x-ray equipment. Annually thereafter

Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
X-ray equipment use, dosimetry and safety In-person training with the Radiation Safety Officer 60 Minutes None wrone@uthsc.edu
Laser Safety Training

*Who is Required to Take This?: Individuals using Laser Systems in which the lasers are not fully enclosed.

*When: Prior to working with lasers.

Content Availability Duration Prerequisites Contact Information
Basic Laser Safety Online (Skillsoft): Laser Safety 41 Minutes None wrone@uthsc.edu

Last Published: Apr 10, 2018