Biosafety Training

Required Training

**The OBS has recently overhauled the required biosafety training courses!**

We have combined Biosafety 101, Biosafety 104 and Biosafety 201 into one course called “Biosafety Required Training.”  The new course is split into 6 different modules: Introduction to Biosafety Risk Assessment & Mitigation, NIH Guidelines & Research Oversight at UW-Madison, Biosafety Protocol Process, Procedural Risks & Mitigation, Exposure Response & Reportable Events, and Disinfection, Decontamination, & Biohazard Disposal.  In the redesigned course, you will find helpful videos and animations and practical information that you can directly apply to the day to day operations in your lab.  We have incorporated researcher feedback to improve the required training and we encourage for you to continue to send us your thoughts and ideas on how we can further advance the training.

All personnel listed on a biosafety protocol are required to take online biosafety training.  Individuals whose Biosafety 101, Biosafety 104, and Biosafety 201 training is up to date (taken within the last 5 years), do not need to complete the new required course at this time. Individuals whose Biosafety 101, Biosafety 104, or Biosafety 201 training has expired will renew their training using the new “Biosafety Required Training".   Individuals who are new and have not yet completed online biosafety training will need to complete the new “Biosafety Required Training.”  You must score 70% or higher on the course quiz to pass.  The course is good for 5 years.

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Biosafety Required Training Course

Biosafety Required Training Course

This course fulfills the biosafety training requirement for personnel listed on a biosafety protocol.  The course is split into 6 different modules: Introduction to Biosafety Risk Assessment & Mitigation, NIH Guidelines & Research Oversight at UW-Madison, Biosafety Protocol Process, Procedural Risks & Mitigation, Exposure Response & Reportable Events, and Disinfection, Decontamination, & Biohazard Disposal.

Format: Self-register at any time using Learn@UW. Once registered, this course will be continually available to you for initial training as well as renewal training.

Prerequisite: None

Completion Requirement: Quiz score of 70% or higher. Quiz may be taken more than once.

Renewal: Every 5 years

Renewal Process: Review the course materials in Learn@UW and pass the quiz with a 70% or higher score. Self-registration is not required for renewal; this course will be available on your Learn@UW "My Home" page indefinitely for your renewal convenience.

Training Record: See information on the Records tab of Biosafety Training page.

Biosafety 102: Bloodborne Pathogens for Lab & Research

Biosafety 102: Bloodborne Pathogens for Laboratory and Research

This training has been developed specifically for researchers working with potentially infectious human materials and meets the requirements for annual training in the Bloodborne Pathogens Program. This course relates the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to biological research settings for those working with human blood, cells, tissue, and other potentially infectious material. This course is both the initial bloodborne pathogen training and the annual refresher.

Format: Self-register at any time using Learn@UW . Once registered, this course will be continually available to you for initial training as well as renewal training.

Prerequisite: None

Completion Requirement: Quiz score of 70% or higher. Quiz may be taken more than once.

Renewal: Annually

Renewal Process: Review the course materials in Learn@UW and pass the quiz with a 70% or higher score. Self-registration is not required for renewal; this course will be available on your Learn@UW "My Home" page indefinitely for your renewal convenience.

Training Record: See information on the Records tab of Biosafety Training page.

 

Optional Training

The OBS offers biological safety training courses designed to inform and prepare you for work in campus biological research laboratories in compliance with standards set forth by the NIH and CDC. Courses are offered online through Learn@UW, large group seminars or small group workshops.

Bio-ARROW Training

Bio-ARROW Training

Learn to use the Bio-ARROW online Biosafety Protocol system in a hands-on environment instructed by our biosafety staff.  Participants will learn how to navigate the Bio-ARROW smart form and work spaces in order to complete a new biosafety protocol or transition from a paper protocol form into Bio-ARROW.

Registration: Email biosafety@fpm.wisc.edu to request a training session.  Include your name, preferred email, and possible dates you wish to receive training.  You will be sent a confirmation email for your registration.

Location: We can come to you to deliver the training; all we need is access to a computer.  Alternatively, we have training rooms available at EH&S.

Format: Individual or group training.

Prerequisite: None

Renewal: None

Biosafety 103: Exposure Response

Biosafety 103

Building Biosafety into Your Research: Exposure Response

As of 12/02/2016, this course has been closed.  The Exposure Response content is now covered in the course "Biosafety Required Training".  Details of the Biosafety Required Training course can be found on the "Required" tab of this training page.

Biosafety 105: Biosafety Cabinet Use

Biosafety 105

Building Biosafety into your Research: Biosafety Cabinet Use

The modules in this course will provide training for biological safety cabinets, clean benches and fume hoods. The training will focus on general knowledge of ventilation, types of equipment, proper use of equipment and certification/testing of equipment.

Format: Self-register at any time using Learn@UW

Prerequisite: None

Renewal: None

Biosafety 106: Autoclave Use

Biosafety 106

Autoclave Use

The topics covered in this training module are related to the safe and effective use of autoclaves and include an introduction to autoclaves, items that should and should not be autoclaved, effective use, maintenance, efficacy testing, record keeping and injury response.

By the end of this module, you should be able to identify common terms, hazards, and better understand safe and effective autoclave use.

This information is NOT intended to be an operation procedure for any specific autoclave or for setting cycle parameters. Users should ALWAYS consult and become familiar with the manufacturer’s operation manual prior to use of the autoclave.

Format: Self-register at any time using Learn@UW

Prerequisite: None

Renewal: None

Biosafety 107: Centrifuge Safety

Biosafety 107

Centrifuge Safety

The goal of this training is to provide general safety information intended to help research personnel recognize hazards associated with centrifuges. By the end of the training, you should be able to identify common terms, hazards, and better understand safe and effective centrifuge use.

Format: Self-register at any time using Learn@UW

Prerequisite: None

Renewal: None

Biosafety 205: Hazardous Materials Shipping - Infectious and Biological Substances

Biosafety 205

Hazardous Materials Shipping - Infectious and Biological Substances (Bio HazMat Shipping)

The Office of Biological Safety (OBS) provides a training program for shipping infectious substances and other biological materials with an emphasis on laboratories and research groups. This concentrated infectious & biological hazardous materials shipping training is offered as a service only to University of Wisconsin System and Campus employees, staff, faculty and students

Among the topics covered are: Federal regulatory definitions of infectious substances, patient specimens and biological products; use of the Dangerous Goods Table to locate proper shipping instructions; requirements for shipping biologicals with dry ice; proper packaging; and correct completion of the shipping documentation.

This course is required for INITIAL training certification as a hazardous materials shipper of biological and infectious substances.

Format: Self-register at any time using Learn@UW

Prerequisite: None

Renewal: Every two years

Notes:

  • For training certificate and renewal details, please see the HazMat Shipping and Transportation page.
  • Any Hazardous Materials Shipping Training program (here at OBS or through an external agency) provides compliant materials and information which are adequate for hazmat shipping certification. The training program will issue documentation to confirm training has been completed; this documentation must be supported by your employer's consent that you are a certified hazmat shipping employee.
  • Federal law requires training in the regulations so your employer can certify you to ship hazmat. You and your employing department or laboratory group may choose training outside of UW.   For more information go to the US DOT HazMat Transportation Regulations webpage.

Biosafety 206: Bio HazMat Shipping Packaging Workshop

Biosafety 206

Bio HazMat Shipping Packaging Workshop

The Office of Biological Safety (OBS) provides a training program for shipping infectious substances and other biological materials with an emphasis on laboratories and research groups. This concentrated infectious & biological hazardous materials shipping training is offered as a service only to University of Wisconsin System and Campus employees, staff, faculty and students.

This course is a workshop session in which attendees will have hands-on training in packing, packaging and labeling infectious substance shipments.

This workshop is required along with Biosafety 205 for initial training certification through the OBS training program. This workshop is optional for refresher training but is not sufficient for renewal of a training certificate.

Format: In-person workshop; Registration and scheduling information is located on the Biosafety 205 & 207 course pages in Learn@UW

Prerequisite: Biosafety 205

Renewal: Every two years

Notes:

  • For training certificate and renewal details, please see the HazMat Shipping and Transportation page.
  • Any Hazardous Materials Shipping Training program (here at OBS or through an external agency) provides compliant materials and information which are adequate for hazmat shipping certification. The training program will issue documentation to confirm training has been completed; this documentation must be supported by your employer's consent that you are a certified hazmat shipping employee.
  • Federal law requires training in the regulations so your employer can certify you to ship hazmat. You and your employing department or laboratory group may choose training outside of UW.   For more information go to the US DOT HazMat Transportation Regulations webpage.

Biosafety 207: Bio HazMat Shipping Recertification Training

Biosafety 207

Bio HazMat Shipping Recertification

The Office of Biological Safety (OBS) provides a training program for shipping infectious substances and other biological materials with an emphasis on laboratories and research groups. This concentrated infectious & biological hazardous materials shipping training is offered as a service only to University of Wisconsin System and Campus employees, staff, faculty and students

Among the topics covered are: Federal regulatory definitions of infectious substances, patient specimens and biological products; use of the Dangerous Goods Table to locate proper shipping instructions; requirements for shipping biologicals with dry ice; proper packaging; and correct completion of the shipping documentation.

Required for RENWAL of training certification as a hazardous materials shipper of biological and infectious substances.

Format: Self-register at any time using Learn@UW

Prerequisite: Biosafety 205 and Biosafety 206 within the last two years

Renewal: Every two years

Notes:

  • For training certificate and renewal details, please see the HazMat Shipping and Transportation page.
  • If your previous training through OBS is more than 2 years, 3 months old, you are ineligible for recertification and will be asked to complete certification as a "New OBS Trainee".
  • If you have been previously certified for hazardous materials shipping through another agency and want to renew certification through OBS, you will be asked to complete the OBS training as if you are a "new trainee".
  • OBS offers concentrated infectious & biological hazardous materials shipping training as a service to UW employees, staff, faculty and students.
  • The certificate issued by OBS certifies completion of compliant training on a specific date by the employee; your individual employer (e.g. department, group, laboratory, manager, PI, etc.) may accept this training as adequate for your designation as a certified hazmat employee.  Each Hazmat employer is responsible for compliance with the requirements of DOT regulation 49CFR Part172.700 regardless of whether the training required by these regulations has been completed.
  • Any Hazardous Materials Shipping Training program (here at OBS or through an external agency) provides compliant materials and information which are adequate for hazmat shipping certification. The training program will issue documentation to confirm training has been completed; this documentation must be supported by your employer's consent that you are a certified hazmat shipping employee.
  • Federal law requires training in the regulations so your employer can certify you to ship hazmat. You and your employing department or laboratory group may choose training outside of UW.   For more information go to the US DOT HazMat Transportation Regulations webpage.

Obtain Records

Training records for Biosafety courses in Learn@UW can be obtained using the VCRGE Look Up Tool.

Please Note: Your record may not be visible in the Look Up Tool for up to 10 days after you have completed the course. This data transfer delay is beyond the control of the Biosafety Office.

Alternately, you may print the course quiz submission page to use as your training record. How to Obtain a Record of Training for Your Safety Course in Learn@UW (PDF). The Biosafety Office does not issue certificates for trainings, except for Shipping.

Bio HazMat Shipping Training certificates will be issued through the Office of Biological Safety when requirements are completed. See Shipping and Transporting Hazardous Materials page for Bio HazMat Shipping Training certificate requirements. Records in the Look Up Tool for courses 205, 206, 207 cannot replace the certificate issued by the Biosafety Office.

Please contact the Biosafety Trainer for questions or to request additional training resources.

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Schnell, Tara
Biosafety Trainer
Tara.Schnell@wisc.edu
608-890-3471


Vacant
Biosafety Trainer
ehsit@fpm.wisc.edu
608-890-4951