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Biosafety Training for Laboratory Personnel

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the U-M Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) require that all laboratory personnel complete the applicable biosafety training courses.  It is the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to ensure that laboratory personnel complete the required training. 

Biosafety training at U-M is offered by EHS. The training focuses on the proper procedures to handle biohazardous materials in the laboratory, including appropriate use of equipment and safety measures.

Required Training

All laboratory personnel must complete the online General Laboratory Safety Training course (#BLS025w). Free. Register and complete in My LINC.

Research-Specific Training

  • (Highly recommended)  Working Safely with Viral Vectors (course #BLS008).  If you will be working with viral vectors, this one-hour, instructor-led course is designed to provide a solid background in the research risks and biosafety management aspects of modern gene transfer technology.  The course emphasizes the practical application of rDNA techniques with clear explanations of lab practices required to reduce or eliminate exposure risks.  Design of experimental procedures to ensure safety and standard procedures for handling potential spills and accidents are covered in-depth.  

This course is intended for new or entry-level lab personnel who plan to use viral vectors in vitro or in vivo, and who cannot demonstrate significant previous experience and expertise in the necessary aspects of biosafety and regulatory compliance.  Training sessions are scheduled quarterly and limited seating is available.  The training is provided by the UM Vector Core Laboratory and sanctioned by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS).

  • (Required) If you will be working with human cells, tissues, or fluids, you must complete a Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogen Training course on an annual basis. There are two course options:​
  • Instructor-led, in-person training, BLS101. (2 hrs). This training course is intended for U-M laboratory personnel who work in a lab that has a biological safety containment level of 2 (BSL-2), this includes those who may reasonably anticipate contact with human blood, blood products, tissues, fluids or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) including human cell lines. Training includes: Risk groups & containment determination, BSL-2 policies and practices, MIOSHA BBP training, personal protective equipment, biosafety cabinets and aerosols.  Procedures for the safe handling of sharps, waste, spills, as well as reporting for injuries and/or exposures are covered.  U-M laboratory personnel who may reasonably anticipate contact with human blood, blood products, tissues, fluids or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) , including human cell lines during the performance of their duties must complete an annual BBP refresher training course such as BLS101w.
  • Online course, BLS101w (45 min). This on-line training course is required to be taken annually by U-M laboratory personnel who may reasonably anticipate contact with human blood, blood products, tissues, fluids or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) , including human cell lines during the performance of their duties.

This training provides the initial training and an annual review of bloodborne pathogen exposure control principles, practices, and requirements in the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) Bloodborne Infectious Diseases regulation (rules 325.70001 – 325.70018).

References and Resources

U-M Tools & Resources

  • MyLINC U-M's online Learning and Information Center.

Biosafety

Questions?

For more information about training required for your IBC application, call 734-615-3960 or e-mail IBCstaff@umich.edu

For more information about the courses offered by EHS, call 734-647-2231 or email SafetyTraining@umich.edu.