Research Integrity and Assurance

Training Requirements

Biosafety: training information

The Biosafety training program is designed to minimize the risks of lab-acquired illness, ensure proper containment for activities utilizing biohazardous materials and maintain compliance with regulations pertaining to infectious agents, recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, select agents or toxins, research animals, bloodborne pathogens, and other biohazardous materials. 

Lab-specific training

Lab-specific training is ongoing training provided by the principal investigator (PI) on the specific materials and procedures that are being utilized in the laboratory. The PI must provide the lab-specific training prior to allowing individuals to work with biohazardous materials and whenever policies or procedures change.

Biosafety training

ASU biosafety training is a comprehensive training that fulfills the training requirement for work with infectious materials in laboratories, materials of human origin that fall under the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, and NIH Guidelines training. The frequency of refresher training depends on the materials being utilized as outlined by the chart below. You can access the course on Edge.

NIH guidelines training

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) regulates the use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules in government-sponsored research and teaching activities in the United States. The NIH OBA developed the NIH "Guidelines for Research  Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules" (NIH Guidelines) as a comprehensive set of regulations governing the use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. One component of these regulations is the requirement that all personnel working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules are properly trained. The Biosafety group in EHS has developed training on Edge to help meet this requirement.

Safety, security and incident response training

These trainings are provided by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and are required for anyone who may have access to areas where select agents and toxins are used or stored. These individuals must take these trainings before access is granted, and they must take them at least every year thereafter. EH&S may require additional trainings based on the materials used. Contact EH&S Biosafety at 480-965-5389 for more information.

Training determination table

The table below will help determine the training required by the IBC based on the biosafety level and category of materials used.  For questions, contact us.  

Biosafety level (BSL) Materials used Training required Renewal frequency
1

Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules that are not exempt from the NIH Guidelines

Lab-specific training (provided by PI

Ongoing

NIH Guidelines training or Biosafety training

Prior to beginning work in the laboratory and every 4 years after

1

All other BSL-1 materials other than those listed above

Lab-specific training (provided by PI

Ongoing

2

Human or nonhuman primate blood, bloodborne pathogens, bodily fluids, blood products, tissue or cells (including cell cultures)

Lab-specific training (provided by PI

Ongoing

Biosafety training

Prior to beginning work in the laboratory and every year thereafter

2

All other BSL-2 materials other than human or NHP materials listed above

Lab-specific training (provided by PI)

Ongoing

Biosafety training

Prior to beginning work in the laboratory and every 4 years after

3

CDC Select Agents and Toxins

Lab-specific training (provided by PI)

Ongoing

Biosafety, security, and incident response training

Prior to beginning work in the laboratory and every year thereafter

Biosafety training

Prior to beginning work in the laboratory and every year thereafter

3

All other BSL-3 materials other than CDC Select Agents and Toxins listed above

Lab-specific training (provided by PI)

Ongoing

Biosafety training

Prior to beginning work in the laboratory and every year thereafter

 

EH&S training determination tool

Depending on the type of work being performed, additional safety trainings may be recommended or required by other units.  Consult the EH&S Training Determination Tool for a customized training curriculum based on job functions.

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