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Biological Safety Training

Initial Training Notice

The initial training of Biosafety Principles and Bloodborne Pathogens is done in a class setting. You must register for these classes by going to Training & Events Calendar. (Select the appropriate date and complete the registration form on the selected training page). You may also register by contacting the Biosafety Office at 865-974-5547 or by e-mailing utbiosafety@utk.edu. The Biosafety Principles training is 60 minutes. Bloodborne Pathogen training follows immediately and will last about 30 minutes.

The Office of Biological Safety provides training to all University of Tennessee faculty, staff, and students working in laboratories on the Knoxville area campuses on a variety of topics both in person and online for your convenience. We do not offer training to external entities.

To determine which training you might need, please read the descriptions below.

If you are a University of Tennessee employee and require a temporary pass to park in Lot 66 for any of the trainings offered through our office, contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 or by email at utbiosafety@utk.edu to make arrangements prior to the training date.

For a quick reference Biological Safety Training Guide Click Here.

Who needs this?

Those who will be working with non-infectious or low risk (Risk Group 1) microorganisms or diagnostic/environmental samples not known or suspected to contain pathogens.

Who provides training?

The Principal Investigator or Lab Supervisor is responsible for providing SMP training. The Biosafety Office can provide this training upon request.

How is training given?

Training is given at the discretion of the Principal Investigator or Lab Supervisor.

Guidance documents are available below. In-person training is provided by the Biosafety Office upon request.

Standard Microbiological Practices for Biosafety Level 1 Laboratories [PDF]

Standard Microbiological Practices 2016 Training [PDF]

Standard Microbiological Practices Training Record [PDF]

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training should occur upon entrance to the laboratory environment. Retraining should occur anytime there is a change in the lab procedures that impacts safe handling practices.

Who needs this?

Those who will be working with the following must complete the Principles of Biosafety Training (Biological Safety Level-2 Training):

  • human pathogens
  • animal or plant pathogens requiring a federal or state permit mandating BSL-2 operational/containment standards
  • human* and non-human primate specimens (including cell lines)
  • biological toxins
  • recombinant DNA experiments involving any of the above
  • biohazardous waste involving any of the above

* Anyone working with unfixed human tissues and cells will also need to take the Bloodborne Pathogen Training.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office provides a regularly scheduled in-class training sessions. Principal Investigators or Lab Supervisors must supplement training with lab-specific information to meet minimum training standard requirements.

How is training given?

Prior to beginning work in a BSL-2 lab, all personnel should attend one of the regularly scheduled in-class training sessions provided by the Biosafety Office. Following this, all workers are required to undergo annual refresher training. To obtain access to the annual refresher training, contact the Biosafety Office at utbiosafety@utk.edu.

Following a review of the material, each person is required to complete a short quiz. In-person refresher training is provided by the Biosafety Office upon request. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training should occur upon entrance to the laboratory environment and working with BSL-2 materials. Retraining is to occur every year after that as a minimum requirement and should occur if there is a change in the lab procedures that impact safe handling practices.

Additional Information

This training module reviews the guidelines set forth for working with agents that are considered potentially infectious to humans, plants or animals. It is also required for anyone planning experiments that will introduce recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids into organisms.

The source material for this module was taken from the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories as well as the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.

Initial Training

In compliance with federal, state, and university policies anyone planning to work in facilities or on projects at Biosafety Level-2 must complete an initial training program prior to beginning work along with annual refresher training. The initial training is “in person” and is conducted by the Office of Biosafety on a regular basis. The Schedule for the current semester can be found below.

For class date, time, and location information, see our Training & Events Calendar page. All trainings will last approximately 2 hours for both sections. If you are a UT employee and require a temporary pass to park in Lot 66 for any of the trainings offered through our office, contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 or by email at utbiosafety@utk.edu to make arrangements prior to the training date. 

Annual Refresher training is conducted in an online format consisting of a series of review slides followed by a short quiz.

Annual Refresher Training

We are in the process of moving this training to Canvas. Please contact the Biosafety Office at utbiosafety@utk.edu for additional information.

Who needs this training?

Anyone who will be working with or manipulating unfixed or untested human tissues, blood samples, cells, etc., or handling wastes contaminated with these materials in this setting.  Note: Principles of Biosafety is a Co-Requisite.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office provides regularly schedule in class training sessions. Principal Investigators or Lab Supervisors must supplement training with lab-specific information to meet minimum training standard requirements.

How is training given?

Prior to beginning work in a lab, all personnel should attend one of the regularly scheduled in class training sessions provided by the Biosafety Office.  Following this, all workers are required to undergo annual refresher training. To obtain access to the annual refresher training, contact the Biosafety Office at utbiosafety@utk.edu.

Following review of the material, each person is required to complete a short quiz. In-person refresher training is provided by the Biosafety Office upon request. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training should occur upon entrance to the laboratory environment and working with Bloodborne Pathogen materials. Retraining is to occur every year thereafter as minimum requirement and should occur if there is a change in the lab procedures that impact safe handling practices.

Additional Information

In accordance with the OSHA Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 all personnel working with unfixed human tissues, patient samples, or cell lines must complete both initial and annual refresher trainings for work involving bloodborne pathogens.

Initial Training

Initial training for safely working with materials that may harbor bloodborne pathogens is conducted by the office of biosafety in a classroom setting. These sessions are scheduled on a regular basis in conjunction with Principles of Biosafety, which is a co-requisite module.

For class date, time, and location information, see our Training & Events Calendar page. All trainings will last approximately 2 hours for both sections. If you are a UT employee and require a temporary pass to park in Lot 66 for any of the trainings offered through our office, contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 or by email at utbiosafety@utk.edu to make arrangements prior to the training date. 

To participate in the Annual Refresher Training, you must complete the initial in-house training and be enrolled into blackboard. If you are unable to access blackboard, please contact the Biological Safety Office at utbiosafety@utk.edu.

Annual Refresher Training

We are in the process of moving this training to Canvas. Please contact the Biosafety Office at utbiosafety@utk.edu for additional information.

 

Who needs this training?

This training module is required for anyone who will be engaged in packaging, shipping, or signing for biological materials such as; potentially infectious agents, microbiological cultures, recombinant diagnostic specimens, etc.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office provides both in-person and online training.

How is training given?

Prior to packaging, shipping, or signing for biological materials, all personnel involved are required to contact the Biosafety Office for either online or in-person training. Online training can be found on the UTK BlackBoard website. Following review of the material, each person is required to complete a short quiz. In-person refresher training is provided by the Biosafety Office upon request. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training is mandatory prior to shipping biological materials and refresher training is required every 2 years after initial training in order to stay up to date with shipping regulations.

Who needs this training?

Anyone who will be packaging, shipping or signing for the pick-up of regulated medical waste materials.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office provides both in-person and online training.

How is training given?

Prior to packaging, shipping, or signing for regulated medical waste, all personnel involved are required to contact the Biosafety Office for either online or in-person training. Online training can be found by clicking the following link:

Regulated Medical Waste Training [Link]

Following review of the material, each person is required to complete a short quiz and will receive a certificate upon successful completion via email. In-person refresher training is provided by the Biosafety Office upon request. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training is mandatory prior to shipping regulated medical waste and refresher training is required every 2 years after initial training in order to stay up to date with shipping regulations.

Additional Information

While most biohazardous waste is treated onsite and disposed of through normal waste streams, certain locations contract to a waste disposal service to remove Regulated Medical Wastes (RMW). These wastes must be properly packaged and signed for upon removal by approved personnel. While it seems simple enough, signing a waste pick-up manifest binds the signee as the responsible party in the event of a mishap. Because of this, we ask that anyone who will be dealing with the pick-up of RMWs review the following training module and complete the short quiz available from the blackboard website.

Review

To request Regulated Medical Waste Pickups, please complete our form located here.

Who needs this training?

Anyone who will be packaging and shipping biological specimens preserved in small quantities of hazardous materials (i.e., ethanol or formalin).

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office provides both in-person and online training.

How is training given?

Prior to packaging or shipping biological specimens of this type, all personnel involved are required to contact the Biosafety Office for either online or in-person training. Following review of the material, each person is required to complete a short quiz. In-person refresher training is provided by the Biosafety Office upon request. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training is mandatory prior to shipping the biological specimens and refresher training is required every 2 years after initial training in order to stay up to date with shipping regulations.

Who needs this training?

Anyone who will be providing animal care or support for studies involving agents infectious to humans, human-derived materials (including human cell xenografts), or acute biological toxins.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office provides an in-person and Lab Animal Facility Managers must supplement training with site-specific information to meet minimum training standard requirements.

How is training given?

All personnel involved are required to contact the Biosafety Office for either online or in-person training. Following review of the material, each person is required to complete a short quiz. In-person refresher training is provided by the Biosafety Office upon request. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training is mandatory prior to working in the lab animal facility involving aforementioned agents. Refresher training is required every year after initial training as a minimum and retraining should occur if there is a change in the lab procedures that impacts safe handling practices.

Who needs this training?

Anyone who will be working with animal models that will be challenged with potentially infectious organisms such as viral particles, bacteria, or immortalized cell lines.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office or designated affiliate provides cage side training in conjunction with the Lab Animal Facility Manager, Office of Lab Animal Care Veterinarian (OLAC), Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC), Director of Animal Compliance Support, and the Principal Investigator.

How is training given?

Cage side training is scheduled through the Biosafety Office at the Lab Animal Facility. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training should occur prior to working on the project and additional training may be required if the scope of the procedures changes or if the study outcomes warrant additional training.

Additional Information

In conjunction with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the office of biosafety offers “cage side” training to anyone listed on a protocol using animals for research. This is an in person training that takes ~15 minutes, and covers both basic and specialized precautions that research personnel and animal care staff should take when working with animals.

Training

This review will cover the following:

  • How to properly label and identify animal cages as they are placed on experimental protocols
  • Potential Hazards
    • Chemical Agents
    • Biohazardous Agents
    • Radiological Agents
  • Required PPE
  • Special handling and disposal practices for animal housing and bedding
  • Precautions for Handling Live or Dead Animals
  • Any special precautions required to protect personnel, adjacent research and the environment

Forms

Animal Hazard Control Form

Who needs this training?

Anyone who will be initiating or supervising research projects involving recombinant DNA, infectious agents or other biological materials covered by the IBC or various U.S. Federal, state or local authorities (e.g. USDA APHIS). This training is also required for anyone serving as a member of the IBC.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office or designated affiliate (e.g. IBC Chair) provides training.

How is training given?

All personnel involved are required to contact the Biosafety Office for either online or in-person training. Following review of the material, each person is required to complete a short quiz. In-person refresher training is provided by the Biosafety Office upon request. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training is discretionary. However, IBC members must complete training before voting on submitted registrations.

Who needs this training?

Anyone who will be manipulating infectious agents or acute biological toxins.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office provides an in-person training in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and research staff.

How is training given?

The Biosafety Office provides an in-person training only. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training is discretionary.

Who needs this training?

Anyone who will be conducting work in or around laboratories and/or animal facilities where infectious agents, acute biological toxins or other biological hazards are in use. This training is also for individuals removing autoclave-treated wastes from these facilities.

Who provides training?

The Biosafety Office provides in-person training in conjunction with Facilities Services supervisory staff.

How is training given?

In-person training is available at the discretion of the supervisor. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to schedule training.

How frequently must a person be trained?

Training should occur prior to beginning duties in the aforementioned facilities. Retraining is at the discretion of the supervisor.

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