Biosafety Training Courses

Biosafety Training

Biosafety training is required for all individuals who work with or around biological materials. EH&S provides UCLA-specific biosafety training covering several topics, and training needs vary based on the biological agents employed and the tasks performed. Laboratory personnel are responsible for completing all required training and maintaining current training certifications. To determine which training(s) are needed, consult the Lab Safety Training Matrix or contact EH&S Biosafety (biosafety@ehs.ucla.edu).
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Lab Safety Training Matrix

B-virus training is required for personnel who have contact with nonhuman primates (macaques) or unfixed macaque materials. This course outlines the risks of Macacine Herpesvirus 1 (B-virus) and exposure response.

This online training must be renewed at least annually.

Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC)

This course is required for personnel using or purchasing a BSC, working with infectious materials at Biosafety Level 2 or higher or working with animals requiring biocontainment housing. BSC training covers the types of BSCs and their design features that provide personnel, product and environmental protection. 

This in-class training must be taken at least every 3 years.

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

This course is required prior to working with recombinant or synthetic DNA, infectious materials, animals and other research-related projects that require BSL2 containment. BSL2 training includes a discussion of how to conduct a risk assessment and provides an overview of the facility, equipment and practice requirements at BSL2. 

This in-class training must be taken at least every 3 years.

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

This course is required prior to working with recombinant or synthetic DNA, infectious materials, animal experiments and other research-related projects that require BSL2+ containment. BSL2+ training is offered as an addendum to BSL2 training and lasts approximately 15 minutes.  

This in-class training must be taken at least every 3 years.

Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3)

Training is required prior to beginning work for all personnel working at Biosafety Level 3 containment and annually thereafter. Contact EH&S Biosafety at biosafety@ehs.ucla.edu for more information and to schedule training.

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

BBP training is required prior to working with human or nonhuman primate materials including primary samples (fluids, tissues and/or cells) and established cell lines. This course covers requirements and best practices for working with potentially infectious materials.

This online training must be renewed at least annually.

Medical Waste Management (MWM)

MWM training is required for personnel handling, generating, storing, packaging, transporting and/or treating regulated medical waste (biohazard, trace chemo, pathology and/or pharmaceutical waste). This course defines the different medical waste streams and covers how personnel can comply with local, state and federal regulations governing medical waste.

This online training must be taken within 90 days of starting employment and at least every 3 years thereafter.

This course is required for all individuals who work in laboratories or in association with research projects at UCLA as a requirement for UCLA’s NIH funding eligibility. The online module must be completed once and is intended to ensure that

  1. Work involving biological materials, including recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, is submitted for Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) review
  2. Investigators understand their responsibilities under the NIH Guidelines
  3. Incidents involving covered materials are immediately reported to EH&S Biosafety

Shipping Biological Materials

Shipping training is required for all personnel involved in packaging and/or shipping biological materials, genetically modified organisms, infectious substances or preservatives (e.g., dry ice, liquid nitrogen, formalin) for diagnostic or investigational purposes.

This online training is offered by a third party (cost: $95) and must be renewed 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.

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