Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Training Program

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

Training is required yearly for all employees who work with, or may be exposed to, human blood, fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) of human origin. Training for employees exposed to bloodborne pathogens must be arranged through EHSS.

BBP training is offered twice monthly by EHSS. Please use the training link at the left to register or contact EHSS at 231-4034 for information on the course schedule. Refresher training for large workgroups that cannot be accommodated during a standing BBP class will be arranged upon request.

Laboratory and Animal Handling Involving Other Infectious Agents

Training is required for all employees and personnel working in laboratories or animal rooms where biological agents are in use. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator, lab director, or animal facility director to ensure that adequate instruction is provided. This training may be given by a responsible person in the lab or arranged by contacting EHSS or the Institutional Animal Care and Use committee (IACUC). Laboratory personnel training should include, at a minimum, the following topics:

  • Principles of Biosafety;
  • Hazards in the lab (biological, chemical, and radiological) including pathogen transmission and epidemiology;
  • Infection Control Plan requirements and policies;
  • Completion of the pre-contact medical surveillance questionnaire;
  • The Infectious Agent Vaccination Program;
  • Acceptable laboratory and animal practices;
  • Personal protective equipment requirements;
  • Proper use of specific equipment used in the lab;
  • Signs and labeling requirements;
  • How to decontaminate, disinfect, and sterilize;
  • Proper waste handling, packaging, and disposal;
  • Packaging/shipping etiologic agents; and
  • Emergency procedures.

The Occupational Health and Safety Program for Animal Handlers can be used as a resource in training.

Farm Animal Handlers

Training is required for all employees and personnel working with farm animals. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator, station director, or farm manager to ensure that adequate instruction is provided. This training may be given by the aforementioned individuals or arranged by contacting EHSS or IACUC. Training should include, at a minimum, the following topics:

  • Special education on large animal diseases;
  • Infection Control Plan requirements and policies;
  • Completion of the pre-contact medical surveillance questionnaire;
  • The Infectious Agent Vaccination Program;
  • Personal protective equipment requirements;
  • Signs and labeling requirements; and
  • Emergency procedures.

The Occupational Health and Safety Program for Animal Handlers can be used as a resource in training.

Departmental Responsibilities

The Department Coordinator or supervisor of ‘at risk’ employees must ensure that department-specific training is performed annually, or as needed, on the following subjects:

  • New tasks that present occupational exposure
  • Department-specific sections of the ICP
  • Available Engineering Controls
  • Required Work Practice Controls
  • Location and use of Personal Protective Equipment