Training

Training

May 17, 2014

It is vital that all laboratory personnel receive the correct training before they begin work in a lab, are given new assignments or when new hazards are introduced.  This falls into two categories:

EH&S directed training:

EH&S gives UCLA specific training to laboratory personnel on a regular basis.  To determine which training is appropriate please consult the Lab Safety Training Matrix.  More information about EH&S training and completion records can be found on the EH&S Training website

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Compliance Training

To ensure NIH compliance, the UCLA IBC, in collaboration with EH&S, have developed an online (~20 minute) training module which is required of all individuals who work in laboratories or in association with research projects. This training is intended to cover critical gaps in the UCLA program to ensure that:

  1. Use of biological materials, including recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, has been reviewed and approved by the IBC prior to initiation of work;
  2. All investigators understand their responsibilities in maintaining compliance with the NIH Guidelines; and
  3. Any incidents involving these materials, including potential or actual exposures and loss of containment, are immediately reported to the EH&S Biosafety Office (310-206-3929)

Visit Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu) to complete the course.

Medical Waste Management (MWM)

Required within 90 days beginning of work for personnel handling or disposing of materials as medical waste (biohazard, trace chemo waste, pathology waste, etc.), handling or disposing of animals and/or animal tissues as medical waste, and other research related projects that involves generating, handling, storage and/or transport of medical waste. At a minimum, must be taken within 90 days from start of employment and 3 years thereafter and as needed. Visit Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu) to view the schedule and sign up.

Associated training materials: 

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

Required prior to beginning of work for personnel working with clinical specimens such as blood, human body fluids, tissue, and potentially infectious human cell lines (including  primary cell culture and cell lines known or likely to be infected with HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C). This training applies for personnel when there is a potential occupational exposure or contact to blood, blood products, or other potentially infectious materials. Initial training must be taken in classroom. Refresher training (minimum annually) may be completed online.  Visit Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu) to view the schedule and sign up.

Associated training materials: 

Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC)

Required for personnel using, purchasing, working with infectious materials under Biosafety Level 2 or higher (including materials under the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard), working with animals requiring biocontainment housing, or other research related projects involving the use of BSCs. Must be taken by first-time BSC users and is required every 3 years and as needed. Visit Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu) to view the schedule and sign up.

Associated training materials: 

Biosafety A,B,Cs – Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2)

Required prior to beginning of work for personnel working with recombinant DNA, infectious materials, animal experiments requiring BSL2 housing, and other research related projects that involves BSL2 containment practices and facility. At a minimum, must be taken every 3 years and as needed. Visit Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu) to view the schedule and sign up.

Associated training materials: 

Biosafety Level 2 with Biosafety Level 3 practices (BSL2+)

Required prior to working with recombinant DNA, infectious materials, animal experiments requiring BSL2+ housing, and other research-related projects that involve BSL2+ containment practices and facility. BSL2+ is offered immediately at the close of every BSL2 session and lasts for approximately 30 minutes.  Be sure to specify interest in BSL2+ when registering for BSL2 training. Prerequisite: BSL2. At a minimum, must be taken every 3 years and as needed. Visit Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu) to view the schedule and sign up.

Associated training materials: 

Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3)

Required prior to beginning of work for all lab workers working in a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory and annually thereafter. Contact Biosafety (biosafety@ehs.ucla.edu) for further information.

Shipping Biological Materials

This training is required prior to packaging and/or shipping biological or infectious substances for diagnostic or investigational purposes. This is an online course approximately 3 hours in length (completed at the user's own pace). Cost: $95. Prerequisite: Bloodborne Pathogens. This training is required every 2 years. To view the full list of materials covered in this training and to register, continue to the Shipping Biological Materials Training page

B-Virus Exposure Online Training

This training is required of those who handle or provide care for non-human primates (NHPs) and/or their materials (tissues, fluids, cells) with potential for Macacine Herpesevirus (B-virus) exposure risk.  This is an online course, approximately 15 minutes in length.  This training is required annually.  Visit Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu) to access this module.

PI/Supervisor directed training:

  • Supervisors are responsible for providing laboratory specific initial and continuing safety training that is necessary for their personnel to work safely. Here is a Lab Specific Training Checklist and a in-lab record form to document supervisor lead training. 
  • Their staff’s work should be observed frequently to promptly correct any unsafe habits.
  • Lab-specific safety training must be documented and maintained in the laboratory’s Biosafety Manual.