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Biosafety 101 Training Program

Welcome to the Biosafety Committee’s On-Line Training Program. In accordance with the US/OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 and CAL/OSHA Standard 5293, the University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) requires all persons handling human blood in research or teaching to successfully complete the course below on Bloodborne Pathogens. Subsequently, you will be issued a certificate of completion that you should keep for your records. However, to maintain certification, you must re-take and pass the designated course(s) annually. You must obtain a passing score of 80% or higher on each quiz before you will be allowed to work with biohazardous material or receive your certificate. Completion of this training does not authorize you to work with biohazardous material. You must first submit an application form, titled Registration of Research Involving the Use of Biological Materials, to the IBC for review and approval. If the use of biohazardous materials in research or teaching involves the use of animals, you must also submit for review and approval an application to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Commitee (IACUC). Application forms for submitting protocols to the IBC and the IACUC may be obtained from the website of the Vice President for Research or by calling the office of the Vice President for Research at 469-5619. When submitting a protocol to the Biosafety Committee or the IACUC, it is imperative that you provide all requested information or the protocol(s) may be returned without review. Students in the health care professions programs in need of training prior to rotations in clinical settings can click on the following link: mms://webcast.westernu.edu/westernu/bb-osteopathy/DO2010CR-infection-control-128k.wmv. For detailed information on the University’s Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan, click on http://www.westernu.edu/bin/safety/plan-bloodborne-pathogens.pdf. Addional safety information on potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens can be found on the website of the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, at the following link: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/bbp/bbp.html Additional information is provided on the safe use of recombinant DNA and viral vectors in reseach. Click on one of the courses below to begin. Upon completion of either or both of the courses below, so inform Ms. Susan Robles in the Office of the Vice President for Research at srobles@westernu.edu or 469-5619 and she will issue you the appropriate certificate of completion.