Biological Safety Training

Training Requirements

Bloodborne Pathogens/Biological Safety
All University personnel working with: human blood/body fluids/unfixed tissue, human or non-human primate cell lines or any materials deemed capable of transmitting HIV, HBV, HCV or other bloodborne diseases; infectious microorganisms classified at Biosafety Level-2 (agents capable of causing disease in healthy adults); or viral vectors classified by the NIH as requiring Biosafety Level-2 procedures.  Refresher training is required annually.  First time attendees must attend a classroom training (Classroom Training Schedule); annual refreshers may be taken on-line via RASCAL as course TC0509*

Biological Safety Cabinets
The course covers effective use of biological safety cabinets. This course was formerly a part of TC0509 - Biological Safety/Bloodborne Pathogen Training, and is now a separate module. This training is offered on RASCAL as course TC3550*. Attendees at the classroom training for Bloodborne Pathogens/Biological Safety will be given credit for TC3550*

Shipping Biological (infectious and potentially infectious) Materials, Genetically Modified Microorganisms
This course is designed for all University personnel responsible for the preparation, packaging and documentation for shipping infectious or potentially infectious materials, including genetically modified microorganisms. This training is offered on RASCAL as course TC0507*.

Shipping with Dry Ice, Exempt Specimens, and Excepted Quantities of Dangerous Goods
Dry ice is considered a ‘Dangerous Good’ regardless of other package contents and also requires training. This module is intended for shippers of dry ice and also covers information pertaining to the shipment of unfixed, exempt human or animal specimens and specimens or samples preserved in small quantities of preservatives such as ethanol or formalin (excepted quantities). This training is offered on RASCAL as course TC0076*.

Recombinant DNA Training
All Principal Investigators on any Appendix A submitted for the use of recombinant DNA are required to complete this training to be in compliance with the NIH Guidelines for Research with Recombinant DNA. This training is offered on RASCAL as course TC0508*.

Biosafety Training for Research with Viral Vectors
All researchers and personnel working with viral vectors for which the submission of an Appendix B is required must complete this online course. This training is offered on RASCAL as course TC1150*.

*RASCAL training courses:
Go to: https://www.rascal.columbia.edu/
Log in and select: ‘Training Center’ and then ‘Course Listings’, and then ‘Environmental Health and Safety’
Select the appropriate training module.