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Biosafety Training

Biosafety Program Course Offerings

The Biosafety Program provides several courses to support all individuals who will work with (or around) biological materials such as microbiological agents, animal or human-derived body fluids or tissues, environmental samples, recombinant DNA, toxins of biological origin or any waste items contaminated with such biomaterials. Below is a summary of courses offered routinely. Activity and material-specific courses are scheduled and delivered on an as-needed basis.

Course Name Target Audience Course Access and Details
Know Your Responsibilities: Biomaterials Safety Standards for New Principal Investigators New Principal Investigators working with biomaterials; anyone in a life science research compliance or lab support role. Self-assignable in Oracle Learn. Click here.
Note: This course requires 1.5 hours to complete. However, progress is saved so completion in one sitting is not required.
Biosafety 101: Standard Microbiological Practices Anyone who will handle any viable biomaterials (as described above) in a lab setting Self-assignable in Oracle Learn. Click here.
This course is a prerequisite for completing any other biosafety course.
Working Safely with Human-derived Materials Anyone who with handle human-derived body fluids, cells, tissues, or lentiviral vectors. Self-assignable in Oracle Learn. Click here.
This module includes core principles that apply to work with infectious agents; thus, this course is a prerequisite for completing Biosafety 201: Risk Assessment Applications for BSL-2.
Biosafety 201:
Risk Assessment Applications for BSL-2
Anyone who will be working with biomaterials that require BSL-2 containment. This “live” course is being discontinued and will be replaced with on-demand content to be available in late June 2024. New lab members should complete the Biosafety 101: Standard Microbiological Practices and the Working Safely with Human-derived Materials modules which will continue to be prerequisites for the new course.  A site-specific training checklist should also be completed as indicated below this table. The new Biosafety 201 course should then be completed when it is available
2024 Annual Biosafety Refresher Anyone who is working with biological materials and has previously completed Biosafety 101: Standard Microbiological Practices. Self-assignable in Oracle Learn. Click here.
Dry Ice Shipping Training Anyone who ships lab reagents on dry ice via an air courier. Self-assignable in Oracle Learn. Click here.
When shipped by air, dry ice is regulated as a Dangerous Good and the shipper must be currently certified for shipping these materials; upon completion of the course and quiz, VU Biosafety will provide a USDOT-compliant certificate to the trainee.
Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Shipping Training for Lab Researchers Anyone who works in a research lab located in a VU building (i.e., MRB III, Stevenson Center, Keck-FEL, Olin or ESB) and will prepare regulated medical waste shipping containers and/or sign for RMW pickups. Self-assignable in Oracle Learn. Click here.
Intended for those who work in VU labs located in VU buildings where RMW pickups occur; upon completion of the course and quiz, VU Biosafety will provide a USDOT-compliant certificate to the trainee.

Additionally, each trainee should complete either the biosafety orientation training checklist for new lab members or the biosafety orientation training checklist for temporary lab members with their lab supervisor when joining a new lab. A copy of this completed record should be maintained by the lab manager/PI.

Chemical Safety AND HAZARDOUS WASTE Training

Chemical Safety and Hazardous Waste Course Offerings

The Chemical Safety and Hazardous Waste Program provides a wide range of safety training options to help ensure your safety and health in the workplace. Below is a summary of the online and in-person training courses available to VU students, employees and persons-of-interest. These training courses are offered to meet numerous regulations and/or as a resource to encourage health and safety for all University community members.

Course Name Target Audience Course Access and Details Frequency
Chemical and Physical Safety for Research Labs Vanderbilt individuals who operate within a physical laboratory in which they may encounter hazardous materials or equipment.  This training applies to paid and unpaid (volunteers) conducting activities in the labs. Self-assignable in Oracle Learn. Click here.
Training on the hazards (chemical, physical, etc.) encountered in the work area. Training on proper waste management within laboratory. Includes initial lab safety, refresher for PIs & Researchers, refresher for TA’s & Instructors, anatomy and physiology lab.
Initially and annual refresher thereafter
Use of Cryogens Training Vanderbilt individuals who interact with cryogens. Self-assignable in Oracle Learn.  Click here.
Training developed for individuals who regularly interact with liquid nitrogen, nitrogen containing containers, and dry ice. Includes dry ice safety in a laboratory setting and safe use and storage of liquid nitrogen.
Initially and annual refresher thereafter

Laser Safety Training

Course Name  Target Audience Course Access and Details
Laser Safety Training for VU Individuals Vanderbilt individuals
Complete the training if lasers are present in the lab.
Available through Oracle Learn. Click here.
Please send certificate of completion to lasersafety@vanderbilt.edu when completed

Radiation Safety Training

Currently, VUMC OCRS is providing all Radiation Safety related trainings. Please follow the links below to the appropriate training.

 

Research EHS training for non-VU persons

Instructions:

Not all topics are required for all individuals. Ask your Vanderbilt contact which of these topics will apply to the work/lab where you will be visiting or working. Email ehs@vanderbilt.edu with any questions.

The topics applicable to you are then MANDATORY BEFORE you visit or work in any VU laboratory.

For the trainings below: Fill out the intake form and answer the Yes/No questions presented to you. You will be taken to a Survey Queue that will display all the training options you selected. Once in the training, view the training video, download any resource packs and then complete the review questions. When you have completed the training and passed the review, a completion email and certificate will be emailed to the address you provided.  Send copies of your completion certificates to the Vanderbilt employee/sponsor who asked you to complete this training.

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY TRAINING

Course Name  Target Audience Course Access and Details
Biosafety 101: Standard Microbiological Practices                                                                        Non-Vanderbilt individuals and anyone who will handle (or be around) biological materials such as microbiological agents, animal or human-derived body fluids or tissues, environmental samples, recombinant DNA, toxins of biological origin or any waste items contaminated with such biomaterials in a lab setting. Non-VU persons Redcap training link: Click here
This course is a prerequisite for completing any other biosafety course such as “Working Safely with Human-Derived Materials”                        
Working Safely with Human-Derived Materials                           Non-Vanderbilt individuals and anyone who will handle human-derived body fluids, cells, tissues, or lentiviral vectors. Non-VU persons Redcap training link: Click here
Prerequisite: Biosafety 101: Standard Microbiological Practices
This training should not be completed outside of business hours and includes core principles that apply to work with infectious agents; thus, this course is a prerequisite for completing “Biosafety 201: Risk Assessment Applications for BSL-2”

Additionally, each trainee should complete the biosafety orientation training checklist for temporary lab members with their lab supervisor when joining a new lab. A copy of this completed record should be maintained by the lab manager/PI.

Chemical Safety TRAINING

 

Course Name Target Audience Course Access and Details
Chemical and Physical Safety for Research Labs Non-Vanderbilt individuals who operate within a physical laboratory in which they may encounter hazardous materials or equipment.  This training applies to paid and unpaid (volunteers) conducting activities in the labs. Non-VU persons Redcap training link: Click here
Training on the hazards (chemical, physical, etc.) encountered in the work area. Training on proper waste management within laboratory. Includes initial lab safety, refresher for PIs & Researchers, refresher for TA’s & Instructors, anatomy and physiology lab.

Laser Safety TRAINING

Course Name Target Audience Course Access and Details
Laser Safety Training for Non-VU Persons Non-Vanderbilt individuals.
Complete the training if lasers are present in the lab.
Non-VU persons Redcap training link: Click here

Radiation Safety Training

Currently, VUMC OCRS is providing all Radiation Safety related trainings. Please follow the links below to the appropriate training.

 

Awareness Training