IBC Training

Training is a critical component of any integrated biological safety program. Training is intended to provide the understanding, technical knowledge, and tools that the trainee can use to improve his or her daily laboratory safety practices. Mandated general biosafety training is required for all laboratory workers (faculty, staff, students, and visiting scientists) at BU and BMC. The exact training required for a particular person will depend on the hazards to which he or she is exposed.

IBC Approval can only be granted if all personnel have completed the Laboratory Safety Training and ROHP clearance requirements.

Training Policy for IBC

Completing the IBC Training Requirements


1) Laboratory Safety Training:

Formats: Material Covered: Who can take this?
Classroom Covers ALL topics Anyone required to complete initial or refresher lab safety training
Initial Online Broken down into modules Anyone taking BU Lab Safety Training for the first time
Annual Refresher Online Reviews topics Anyone who has previously taken Lab Safety Training at BU and is due for the annual refresher

2) Recombinant DNA/ IBC Policies Training:

All Principal Investigators with IBC protocols will be expected to complete this annual training and quiz as part of their yearly update process.

3) Agent-Specific Training:

Francisella Tularensis The Francisella agent training is required by CDC and is intended to be viewed by those persons that are in the select agent program and may come into contact with the agent. This includes but is not limited to researchers, emergency response team members, LASC staff, and facilities personnel.
Tuberculosis The Mycobacterium tuberculosis agent training is required by EH&S and must be viewed by anyone handling tuberculosis causing strains in a BSL3 laboratory.

4) BSL 3 Annual Training

Biosafety Level 3 training is for those personnel working in Biosafety Level 3 laboratories. 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.

5) Select Agent Training

Select-agent training is offered to persons working with Biological Select Agents or Toxins, as required by the Boston University Select Agent program. 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.

6) Other Trainings that may be required:

Laser Safety Online Training Basic Laser Safety Training Course
Laboratory Safety Coordinator Training Training for Lab Safety Coordinators (LSCs)
Principal Investigator Safety Training For Principal Investigators Only
NEIDL Orientation Mandatory orientation for NEIDL users
Shipping Biologicals Shipping Biologicals Training
Basic Radiation Safety Basic Radiation Safety course, required if your research involves radiation use. After taking this initial course, you must take the Radiation Safety Refresher course each year to maintain your ability to work with radiation.
Radiation Refresher Training Online refresher training for Radiation Course.
Safety and Infection Prevention Training This training provides knowledge and understanding of Safety policies and procedures at Boston Medical Center, including: Fire, Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Hazard Communication, Infection Control and Prevention, and the Blood Bourne Pathogens standard.
Human Subjects Protection Training Certification / Recertification for Human Subjects Protection Training. CRC: Click Here BUMC: Click Here

Research Occupational Health Program

The IBC requires that all investigators and their research personnel register with and annually update the Research Occupation Health Program (ROHP).