IBC Training

Agent-Specific Training

Training offered to individuals working with hazardous biological agents.

Agent-Specific Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

The principal investigator (PI) is responsible for either conducting or ensuring this training is provided to members of his/her laboratory prior to an individual beginning work with hazardous biological agents. If the PI does not conduct the training, the Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) may be requested to provide this training.

Topics covered by this training are subject to Institutional Biosafety Committee requirements. Complete initial health clearance forms by ROHP.

Email to Register

Location: Various locations; contact ROHP

Audience: Persons working with specific biological agents, as required by the IBC

Duration: 30–60 minutes

When Offered: Upon request of the Institutional Biosafety Committee

Teaching Medium: Online and/or lecture with PowerPoint, individual interaction

Prerequisite: Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers, Institutional Biosafety Committee approval

Registration Notes: As of June 2011, Francisella Tularensis training is available via RIMS. As of November 2011, Tuberculosis (TB) training is available via RIMS

How Often: As required by the Institutional Biosafety Committee


Biosafety Level 3 Training

Training for those personnel working in Biosafety Level 3 laboratories.

Biosafety Level 3 Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

This training must be completed by all personnel (faculty, staff, animal technicians, students, trainees, visitors) who will work with BSL-3 agents. Topics that will be addressed include operations, required PPE, procedures, emergency management, and other required information.

Register via RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: Persons working in Biosafety Level 3 laboratories

Duration: Various times

When Offered: Upon request of the Institutional Biosafety Committee

Teaching Medium: Online

Pre-requisite: Laboratory Safety Training; Institutional Biosafety Committee Approval

How Often: Annually


Lab Safety Training for Researchers

Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers is now offered two ways – classroom or online. Personnel can choose to attend either.

Laboratory Safety Training (Classroom)


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Taught by Research Safety team members, which covers biological safety, chemical hygiene, waste management, and life & fire safety. The classroom training can also be requested and tailored for specific groups.

Register via RIMS

Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: Principal investigators, lab safety coordinators, and all personnel (faculty, staff, students, trainees, visitors) who will work with biological agents

Duration: 1.5 hours

When Offered: 4 times a month; view schedule

Teaching Medium: Lecture, PowerPoint

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Email EHS or Medical Center (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC): 617-638-8830, Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094

How Often: Required annually


Laboratory Safety Training (Online)


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Set up in modules so that personnel can take the portions that apply to their work and type of laboratory. You only need to take the modules pertaining to your work and the type of lab in which you work. For more information, see the Online Training Tutorial.

The following modules are currently available:

  • Universal Lab Safety Training
  • Biosafety Level 1 and 2 Training
  • Chemical Safety Training
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • PI Training Module
  • LSC Training Module

Register via RIMS

*For new RIMS users, it may take up to 1 week for your login to be recognized for these modules—please forgive any inconvenience this may cause.

Location: Online

Audience: Principal investigators, lab safety coordinators, and all personnel (faculty, staff, students, trainees, visitors) who will work with biological agents

Duration: Varies

When Offered: Ongoing

Teaching Medium: Lecture, PowerPoint

Prerequisite: None

How Often: Required annually


Lab Safety Training for Summer Programs

Laboratory Safety Training for Summer Programs


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Boston University and Boston Medical Center often host summer programs that allow students to work in BU or BMC research or teaching laboratories. This offering of Laboratory Safety Training is customized to each program’s specific curriculum. Topics may include chemical and biological safety, fire and life safety, emergency management, waste management, and other information based on the program’s unique needs.

Email to Register

Location: Various locations; contact EHS

Audience: Students enrolled in various summer programs

Duration: 0.5–1.5 hours

When Offered: Beginning of summer program

Teaching Medium: Lecture with PowerPoint

Prerequisite: None

Registration Contact: Arranged by Summer Coordinators.
Charles River Campus (CRC): 617-353-4094
Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC): 617-638-8830


Recombinant DNA and IBC Policies Training

Recombinant DNA and IBC Policies Training


Training applies for both BUMC & CRC.

Register via RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: All principal investigators with IBC protocols will be expected to complete this annual training and quiz as part of their yearly update process.

Duration: 1 hour

When Offered: Ongoing

Teaching Medium: Online

Prerequisite: Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers, Institutional Biosafety Committee approval

How Often: Annual as part of yearly update


Select Agent Training

Training is offered to persons working with biological select agents or toxins, as required by the Boston University Select Agent program.

Select Agent Training


Training applies for BUMC only.

EHS provides Select Agent training upon request that must be completed by all personnel (faculty, staff, animal technicians, students, trainees, visitors) prior to receiving privileges to order, store, or use select agents. The training will cover topics including information on the hazards of specific select agents and the rules and regulations governing the use of these agents.

Register via RIMS

Location: Online

Audience: Persons working with select agents, as required by the select agent RO

Duration: Various times

When Offered: As required by the select agent responsible official

Teaching Medium: Online

Prerequisite: Authorization to use select agents by the select agent responsible official; Laboratory Safety Training for Researchers

How Often: Annually