▼   Biosafety
BSL-1, BSL-2, and BSL-3 employees must be provided with Biosafety training prior to a potential occupational exposure and annually thereafter. Employees must understand the modes of germ or pathogen transmission, types of protective equipment available, how to handle spills and emergencies, as well as the different categories of pathogens (germs) and review of biohazardous tasks. All notifications, training, and monitoring programs must be documented. USA's biosafety training is available through CITI Program.
▼   Biohazardous Packaging and Shipping

In an effort to ensure proper handling and labeling for biohazards being shipped both USA and other government agencies requires shipping training for those individuals who are likely to ship such materials.

WHO Shipping Tool

Category A 

Is any biological specimen that is considered an infectious substance known to contain or suspected of containing a pathogen. Category A

Category B

Is any biological specimen that is considered an infectious substance that is not in a form generally capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposure to it occurs. This includes Category B infectious substances transported for diagnostic or investigational purposes. Category B Guidelines

▼   BSL-3/ Select Agent

Institutions must provide training on safety and security for individuals working with select agents and toxins. Training must be provided to each individual approved for access and to each visitor working in or visiting areas where select agents and toxins are handled or stored. At a minimum, training includes: 

  • Initial training at the time of assignment to a work area where select agents or toxins are present and prior to assignments involving agents. Refresher training must be provided at least annually. The investigator is responsible for ensuring that personnel are trained appropriately.
  • Training in safety , containment, security and emergency response must be provided to all individuals working with select agents and toxins. 
  • Training defined by the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

CDC/APHIS Training Materials

▼   Respiratory Protection Program

USA requires that approved respiratory protection be worn at all times (when infectious agents are in use) while in research facilities operating at BSL-3. Approved respiratory protection includes respirators rated at N-95 or greater (half life piece), or powered air purifying respirators (PAPR). All individuals wearing respiratory protection must be enrolled in the USA Respiratory Protection Program administered by the USA Department of Safety and Environmental Compliance. This program requires an annual fit testing for respiratory protection, initial health screening questionnaire for respirator users, and ongoing (annual) training regarding the use and limitations of the respiratory protection provided.

Contact Safety and Environmental Compliance to arrange for respirator fit testing:

Lisa Hudley

Phone: (251) 460-6677