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Safety Training

Principle Investigators or Laboratory Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that personnel have completed the necessary training to do their job safely and in compliance with applicable regulations. To assist with this effort, the Office of Research Safety provides safety training for research personnel. This training is intended to promote quality research, safe work practices and compliance with regulatory requirements.

The information provided below should be used to direct research personnel to the appropirate training resources to meet their needs. Supervisors are encouraged to use this Laboratory Training Record, or documentation of their own, to track the training status of their employees. In-person and online training completed after October 2017 will also be documented by the Office of Research Safety Affairs.

Initial training for new employees and students working in labs should be completed through in-person classroom training. Refresher training may be completed through classes available online.

To complete online training, log in to the K@TE portal using your NetID and Password. If you have not yet used Cornerstone (previously known as Skillsoft), this instruction sheet can help you get started. Some training modules are available through CITI training collaborative. Click this link and follow the instructions to access CITI content. Some courses are available only by arrangement. Please email the designated contact using the information provided below to make arrangements.

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, chemical hygiene plans, hazardous waste management, emergency response.

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

or

Option 2 Online (K@te – 3 classes): Laboratory Safety + Hazard Communication + Hazardous Waste Generator

In-Person: 60 Minutes

or

Online: 101 Minutes

None 

 

Register via the HR 128 Calendar accessible through the UTHSC website

tbarton4@uthsc.edu
Introduction to Biosafety (BSL1 and Biohazardous Waste Management)

*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
BSL1 Standard Precautions, Infectious waste including DOT training

Option 1 In-Person: 11 AM, 2nd Wednesday of every month

or

Option 2 Online: CITI – Introduction to Biosafety + Stericycle DOT Training (no online BSL1 available)

In-Person: 60 Minutes

or

Online: 75 Minutes

None

Register via the HR 128 Calendar accessible through the UTHSC website

tbarton4@uthsc.edu
Fire Extinguisher Training

*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
How to respond to a fire; proper use of fire extiguishers Hands On: Offered each Fall (date to be announced) 60 Minutes None tbarton4@uthsc.edu
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
Bloodborne Pathogens Training (meets the OSHA Standard Online: K@te – Bloodborne Pathogens 47 Minutes None 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)

In-Person BSL2 Agent Specific Training: 60 Minutes

Complete computer-based self study and training quiz. Use the training checklist and certification to ensure that your PI provides all necessary elements of BSL2 hazardous agent specific training. E-mail your completed quiz and signed checklist to labsafety@uthsc.edu for confirmation and documentation. 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: Sep 19, 2017