Biosafety Training

Audience:  Persons whose tasks include the handling or exposure to biohazardous material.

Frequency:  Initial, at time of job or task assignment.

Topics Include:  Basics of biosafety, biohazard risk assessment, risk management, engineering controls, SOPs, PPE, and emergency responses.

Training Format:  Classroom

Contact:  Marjorie Markopoulos

Biosafety Training Outline

Biosafety Training Outline

  1. Biohazard definition
  2. Risk assessments
  3. Laboratory Containment Levels
    1. Determination Criteria
      1. Hazard levels
      2. Microbiological practices
      3. Special practices
      4. Containment equipment
    2. Goal:  highest protection and lowest possible exposure
  4. Risk Group
  5. Containment requirements
  6. Laboratory Acquired Infections (LAI)
    1. Bacteria
    2. Viral
  7. Infectious Waste Management -
    1. Biohazardous Waste Categories
    2. Disposal practices
    3. Daily bleach solution preparation requirement
    4. Sharps
      1. Classification
      2. Handling
  8. Spill Management
  9. Transportation and Transferring Biological Agents
  10. Laundry Facilities  (1981)

Training Resources

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs)  provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada

Risk Group Classification for Infectious Agents provided by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA)

Biological Risk Assessment Template provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recognizing the Biosafety Levels Training provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Biological Hazards Lab Safety Module provided by the Dow Chemical Company