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Biosafety Officer Training – Basic/Initial

This course offers an Introduction to biosafety for new biosafety officers and other environmental health and safety professionals.

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Biosafety Officer Training – Basic/Initial provides a comprehensive introduction to biosafety for new biosafety officers and other environmental health and safety professionals. It includes all of the content available in the CITI Program’s Biosafety and Biosecurity (BSS) series.

Disponibilidad del idioma: English

Audiencias sugeridas: Biosafety Officers, Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, Researchers


Course Content


Toggle Content Biosafety and Biosecurity (BSS) Introduction

Introduces CITI Program’s Biosafety and Biosecurity (BSS) series.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13987 (English)

Toggle Content Biosafety Course Overview

Provides an introduction to biosafety and training for researchers handling Risk Group 1 agents and working only at Biosafety Level 1 (BSL-1) containment.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13314 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Laboratory-Acquired Infections

Sets the foundation for the importance of biosafety by briefly reviewing seminal laboratory-acquired infections that have occurred in the research and clinical laboratory settings. A learner may explore supplemental cases for further study and increase his/her awareness of how the breakdown of good microbiological practices can lead to infections and death (in rare cases).

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13454 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Biohazard Risk Assessment

Outlines the steps involved in identifying risk factors for experiments or procedures involving biohazards. The three Ps of risk assessment (Pathogen, Procedures, and Personnel) are reviewed to provide a basic foundation in this important building block to biosafety.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13455 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Medical Surveillance

Reviews basic medical surveillance and occupational health program recommendations for laboratory or clinical researchers handling biohazards.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13456 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Risk Management: Work Practices

Serves as initial training targeted at researchers handling or who will handle biohazards in a research or clinical laboratory. It addresses an awareness of biohazards, risk assessment, and key risk management work practice principles.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13898 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Risk Management: Personal Protective Equipment

Discusses U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) personal protective equipment (PPE) training requirements for researchers handling biohazards. A supplemental PPE Training Record Form and PPE Training and Use Table are available at the end to facilitate the documentation of training.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13458 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Risk Management: Emergency and Spill Response

Provides biohazard emergency response training for employees who are designated as hazardous materials responders and address the biohazard component of their annual training.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13459 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Risk Management: Engineering Controls

Examines the engineering controls, devices, and barriers that can be utilized to protect researchers when handling biohazards in the laboratory. It also describes the fundamental engineering controls utilized to safely handle biohazards and the concomitant work practices for their safe use.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13929 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Risk Management: Laboratory Design

Describes the safety features of laboratories designed to protect researchers at each of the first three Biosafety Levels (1, 2, and 3). It provides a comprehensive description of the safety factors associated with the design of a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13484 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Work Safely with Sharp Instruments

Reviews how to safely handle sharp instruments when working with biohazards. It outlines safe work practices with disposable and reusable sharps.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13899 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Disinfection and Sterilization

Discusses the decontamination of items contaminated by biohazards after an experiment, prior to reuse, or before disposal. It also provides information on methods of sterilization and disinfection, along with good decontamination work practices.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13900 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Safe Sharps Devices

Provides an overview of safe sharps devices and other engineering controls designed to minimize exposure to biohazards when handling sharp instruments.  It also supports training on a sharps safety program.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13946 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Centrifuge Precautions

Discusses risks involved in centrifugation along with the control devices and work practices that will help ensure the safe use of centrifuges.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13945 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Engineering Controls and Containment Devices

Describes a variety of engineering controls or the protective tools and devices used in the laboratory setting that help protect workers from exposure to biohazards.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13497 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Directed at researchers, employees, and students who handle or have contact with human blood, tissues, bodily fluids, or other potentially infectious materials. It is designed as initial bloodborne pathogens training to be provided at the start time of work with these materials. It can be used to fulfill annual retraining requirements from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), when selected in combination with the following content: Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Vaccination, Labels and Engineering Controls, Universal Precautions and Work Practices, and Emergency Response Procedures.  Retraining must be completed within 365 days of the previous training.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13902 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Vaccination

Provides an introduction to the Hepatitis B vaccine and the requirements of offering occupationally exposed employees the vaccine. It also presents information on routes of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other biohazards, as well as routes of transmission for infectious agents in the laboratory.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13903 (English)

Toggle Content Labels and Engineering Controls

Discusses the use of signs, labels, and color-coding, as well as engineering controls (mechanical barriers) used to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens in research and clinical laboratories.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13904 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Universal Precautions and Work Practices

Describes the universal precautions concept where all blood and other potentially infectious materials are treated as if infectious for HIV, HBV, and HCV. This concept also extends to all sharps and patients. It reviews best practices, guidelines, and precautions to be used in a laboratory setting.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13913 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Emergency Response Procedures

Covers the recommended guidelines for dealing with an unplanned release of bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials in the laboratory or workplace.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13914 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules

Provides principal investigators and others responsible for the conduct of recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid research experiments, and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) members who review these experiments, with training on the requirements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules. It is designed as initial training but can also be used as periodic refresher training for principal investigators and IBC members as required by the NIH guidelines.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13493 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Human Gene Transfer Research

Designed for principal investigators, clinicians, and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) members participating in the conduct or review of a human gene transfer clinical study. It reviews the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and IBC requirements for human gene transfer clinical trials.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13494 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Select Agents

Designed for researchers who handle or have access to select agents. It is part of CITI Program’s “Select Agents, Biosecurity, and Bioterrorism” training, which provides initial and annual retraining options in select agents and laboratory biosecurity as required by U.S. select agent regulations.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13951 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Biosecurity New/Updated Badge

Designed for researchers who handle or have access to potential biowarfare agents or other potentially valuable biological materials. It is part of CITI Program’s “Select Agents, Biosecurity, and Bioterrorism” training, which provides initial and annual retraining options in select agents and laboratory biosecurity as required by U.S. select agent regulations.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13857 (English)
Autor (es): Angela Birnbaum, MPH - Tulane University

Toggle Content Bioterrorism New/Updated Badge

Designed for researchers who handle or have access to potential biowarfare agents or other potentially valuable biological materials. It is part of CITI Program’s “Select Agents, Biosecurity, and Bioterrorism” training, which provides initial and annual retraining options in select agents and laboratory biosecurity as required by U.S. select agent regulations. Emergency responders who deal with potential bioterrorism incidents would also benefit from the content.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13524 (English)
Autor (es): Angela Birnbaum, MPH - Tulane University

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Overview

Provides an overview of the applicable regulations on the transportation of hazardous materials, which help to ensure the safety of the public and workers in the transportation chain. It is intended for those researchers and technicians who package and ship diagnostic or clinical human and animal specimens, human and animal pathogens, and related regulated biohazards.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13486 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Classifications

Presents the different classes of dangerous goods and provides a description and examples of infectious substances, and exempt human or animal specimens. It also discusses medical transport exceptions.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13487 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Packaging Requirements

Discusses the packaging criteria to ensure compliance with the major requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the U.S. Postal Service.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13488 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Shipping Papers

Explains the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (Shipper’s Declaration) that is required when shipping infectious substances, toxic substances, or genetically modified microorganisms. It lists the various requirements for completing the Shipper’s Declaration Form.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13655 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Permits for Restricted Shipments and Transfers

Describes the need to obtain an import or export permit prior to the shipment of infectious substances and related biological substances, and/or materials that may contain infectious substances into or out of the country. It presents information on the agencies that regulate the import and export of these substances.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13656 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Security Awareness

Discusses the need for general security awareness training for all employees handling hazardous materials in the transport chain.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13657 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Emergency Response Information

Describes the need for all employees involved in the hazardous materials transport chain to be aware of the initial emergency response procedures and whom to notify in the event of an incident.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13658 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Refrigerants

Covers safety factors, guidelines, and shipping requirements to take into consideration when dealing with refrigerants.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13659 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Appendix

Provides several lists of regulated biological materials including an example list of Category A Infectious Substances, a list of select agents, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Commerce Control List (CCL).

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13660 (English)
Autor (es): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Animal Biosafety

Designed as initial training for researchers and animal handlers working with small or conventional animals used in biohazard experiments. It can also be used as periodic refresher training based on the schedule outlined by the host institution. Additional CITI Program content for persons involved in the conduct of research using animals can be found in Animal Care and Use (ACU).

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 13654 (English)
Autor (es): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University

Toggle Content Understanding Nanotechnology and Its Implications

Provides basic awareness and understanding of nanoparticles, and the unique safety issues associated with their handling.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 14044 (English)
Autor (es): Nanda Gudderra, MSc, MS, PhD - IBC Paradigm, LLC

Toggle Content Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

Detailed training on the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. It is based on the 2014 United States Government Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern, which is required for all National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded entities. It describes the agents and types of experiments that require oversight, individual and organizational responsibilities, and risk mitigation strategies.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 16263 (English)
Autor (es): Angela Birnbaum, MPH - Tulane University

Toggle Content USDA Permits: Plant Pest New/Updated Badge

Introduces the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) plant permits. It provides basic information about PPQ import and transport permits for plant pests, plant pathogens, plants, and plant products. It also discusses the requirements and best practices to apply for a PPQ permit, as well as what to expect during a PPQ inspection.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 17256 (English)
Autor (es): Betsy Matos, PhD - Iowa State University; Steven Ziegenfuss, BSc - Iowa State University

Toggle Content USDA Permits: Soils New/Updated Badge

Serves as an overview of the different U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) soil permits. It provides learners with basic information on when and why soil permits are required for research purposes, as well as who is required to have them.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 17257 (English)
Autor (es): Betsy Matos, PhD - Iowa State University; Steven Ziegenfuss, BSc - Iowa State University

Toggle Content USDA Permits: Veterinary Services (VS) New/Updated Badge

Introduces the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) permits. It provides basic knowledge about VS import and transport permits for animal pathogens, animal products, and etiologic agents. It also discusses the requirements to apply for a permit.

Uso recomendado: Required
ID (Idioma): 17258 (English)
Autor (es): Betsy Matos, PhD - Iowa State University; Steven Ziegenfuss, BSc - Iowa State University