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Required Biosafety Training

Dartmouth research personnel who work in laboratory settings are required to take certain training courses prior to starting work.
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Institutionally required lab safety training courses

Required Training for Biological Labs:

1.  PI Training on IBC Submission & the NIH Guidelines:  ALL PIs who conduct biological research at Dartmouth are required to take this 25 minute training.
2.  Laboratory Safety & Hazardous Waste Training: This training is mandatory for all personnel working in a teaching or research wet laboratory. It is a training program on laboratory safety in a biomedical, engineering, chemistry, earth science or physics lab at Dartmouth College. Training lasts approximately 45 minutes. Completion is required every 3 years.
3.  Biological Safety Level 2 Training (BSL-2): This annual training is mandatory for all personnel working in BSL-2 laboratories.  Laboratory personnel working at BSL-2 or Enhanced BSL-2 are required to complete annual training to comply with OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) and the CDC's Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories Handbook (BMBL) (5th Edition, 2007). This training is required for all biological researchers regardless of prior experience and is an essential piece of ensuring a safe work environment for all research and custodial staff.
4.  Viral Vector Training:  All research personnel working with lentiviral vectors, gamma retroviral vectors, adenoviral vectors, and adeno-associated (AAV) viral vectors are required to take the excellent online training kindly available from the University of Cincinnati Office of Research Integrity:
Module 1: Viral Vectors Risk Assessment
Module 2: Lentiviral Vectors
Module 3: Gamma-retroviral "retroviral" Vectors
Module 4: Adenoviral Vectors
Module 5: Adeno-Associated Viral (AAV) Vectors
Please refer to our Working with Viral Vectors website for more info and IBC policies on working with viral vectors.
5. Autoclave Safety Training:  All research personnel (especially first year graduate students and undergraduates) should take this Autoclave Safety Training.  This 20 minute training was developed and kindly shared by the Biosafety & Biosecurity team at Arizona State University.  It covers how to use an autoclave, the different types of cycles, appropriate PPE and other safety considerations, etc.  We highly recommend all autoclave users review this helpful information.


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Last Updated: 4/28/21