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Annual Division of Biology* Training

Date(s): Tuesday, August 22

Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Alumni Memorial Building, Room 27

*Personnel from other departments are welcome to attend!

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Biological Safety


Environmental Health & Safety


Radiation Safety


Animal Care & Use & Occupational Health

Safety and compliance training for individuals working with hazardous chemicals, biological hazards (infectious agents, recombinant DNA, human-derived materials), or research animals

What You Will Need: 

For the Biological Safety/Compliance section, please make sure that you have your NetIDs, Personnel or Student ID Numbers, and a pen handy for our attendance sheets. This will help us to ensure that you receive credit for attending the trainings.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Biosafety Program  – Brian Ranger, Biosafety Officer
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Occupational Health Program  – Dr. Amy Knowles, Occupational Health Nurse
9:20 AM – 9:40 AM Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) – Dr. Lori Cole, Interim Attending Veterinarian & Director of Animal Compliance
9:40 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Radiation Safety – Shawn Drake, Radiation Safety Specialist
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Environmental, Health, & Safety – James Cantu, Safety Training Specialist

This training is appropriate for those individuals working with biological hazards including: recombinant DNA; biological agents (bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.) that can cause disease in humans, animals or plants; unfixed human or animal blood, body fluids or tissues; biological toxins; etc.  This training is required for personnel working at Biosafety Level 2 (i.e. with infectious/potentially infectious materials that may cause disease in healthy humans).

Bloodborne Pathogens training is required for personnel who will be working with unfixed, untested human tissues, blood samples, body fluids, cells, etc., or handling wastes contaminated with these materials.  Note: Biological Safety training is a co-requisite.

This training is available on a monthly basis if you cannot attend the DOB session; see for a training calendar.

If your research will involve live animals you need to be aware of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).  The mission of the IACUC is to ensure the humane care and use of animals in research and teaching, and to ensure compliance with guidelines and regulations. The IACUC comprises one part of UTK’s overarching Animal Care and Use Program. The IACUC works closely with the Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC), the Occupational Health Nurse, various safety directors, and the Institutional Official to assure that all components of the program are appropriately administered.

The University of Tennessee utilizes the AALAS Learning Library for personnel training. For more information, go to for instructions on how to setup an AALAS account and access the required “Working with IACUC” training module.

The Occupational Health Program covers general health information/considerations for individuals working with animals or exposed to animal tissues or specimens. General information on allergens, zoonotic diseases, and prevention strategies will be discussed.

Individuals working with animals or animal tissues/specimens in a laboratory or research setting should attend the Occupational Health training session.

IACUC website:

Occupational Health Program Information: 

The Radiation Safety Department provides training for individuals who may work with radioactive materials or other ionizing radiation hazards on campus. The DOB session is a general overview only. Individuals who may work around these hazards should receive safety training from the Radiation Safety Office before working around these items.

  • The general radiation training course required for individuals working with radioactive materials will be held on Tuesday, August 25th from 1:30-4:30 in 501 Bailey Education Building.  Please register to attend the course at
  • If you are going to be working with devices that create x-rays, you will need to email to be registered in the x-ray safety training course hosted through Blackboard.

The Radiation Safety Department can be reached at 974-5580 or at the email address listed below. A training schedule is also posted at

General Lab Safety training (Identifying Hazards, Hazard Controls, and Emergency Response) is required for all lab personnel and is recommended every three years. Hazardous Waste Management is required annually for individuals generating or handling hazardous waste.

EHS offers many opportunities to complete required training through regularly scheduled programs or by request.  If one of these units has been fulfilled through another training method here at UTK, then it may not be required.

For questions please contact the Safety Training Group at 974-5084 or  More information may also be found at

Training Registration for 8/22/2017

If you do not have a NetID, your department will need to complete a Request for NetID for a Person form located on the OIT website at
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