Training

It is the policy of the University of Chicago Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) that all investigators, technicians and students involved with research activities described on a given IBC Protocol be appropriately trained to mitigate research-associated risks as well as to ensure compliance with applicable local, State and Federal regulations and guidelines.

The following courses are offered via Chalk as well as through a classroom-based session.

To access courses available via Chalk, a CNet ID or UCHADID and password are required. Once logged in, the courses are found under the Community tab.

To register for the classroom-based session, please contact the Office of Biological Safety at 773-834-2707.

  • Biological Toxins: This course covers the definition of and regulation of biological toxins as well as the safety, security, decontamination methods and occupational health in relation to working with biological toxins.
  • Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1) and rDNA: This course covers the difference between risk groups and biosafety levels, NIH and UChicago policies on recombinant DNA, and work commonly conducted at Biosafety level 1.
  • Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) and rDNA: This course covers the difference between risk groups and biosafety levels, NIH and UChicago policies on recombinant DNA, work commonly conducted at Biosafety level 2, biosafety cabinets, occupational first aid, and biohazard spill response. Classroom-based sessions also include Bloodborne Pathogen and Viral Vector training. Credit for all three training modules will be given to those attending the classroom based session.
  • Biosafety Level 3 Operations: This course is only available on an as-needed basis to individuals that will work with select agents required to be handled in a biosafety level 3 facility. After clearance is granted, individuals needing this training should contact the Biological Safety Team for availability and planning.
  • Bloodborne Pathogen for Biomedical Researchers (BBP): Material covered in this course includes OSHA standards for handling bloodborne pathogens (BBP), enforcement of those standards by the UChicago EH&S, the epidemiology and symptoms of BBP diseases, transmission, and UChicago’s exposure control program covering housekeeping, spill response, personal protective equipment (PPE) and disposal of waste. Individuals registering for the classroom-based session will also receive credit for BSL2 and rDNA plus Viral Vector training.
  • Viral Vector: Material covered in this course includes an overview of common viral vectors used in research laboratories and their mechanisms of entry into a host cell. Individuals registering for the classroom-based session will also receive credit for BSL2 and rDNA plus BBP training.