Training modules and information available through EHS.

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Bloodborne Pathogen and Biosafety Training for Research Personnel Log-in is required before initiating work with any BSL-2 biological materials registered with the IBC. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Microorganisms (BSL-2 or BSL-3)
  2. Human blood, blood components, fluids, unfixed organs, tissues and cell lines (primary and established)
  3. Non-Human Primate Derived Materials (including established cell lines)
  4. Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecule activities described by NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
  5. Select Agents as defined by CDC (42 CFR 73) or USDA (9 CFR 121)

Either Bloodborne Pathogen and Biosafety Training for Research Personnel Log-in OR Biosafety Level 1 Training Log-in is required before initiating work with any BSL-1 biological materials registered with the IBC. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Microorganisms (BSL-1)
  2. Any single experiment using BSL-1 agents to produce quantities of 10 Liters or more of culture at any one time
  3. Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecule activities contained at BSL-1 as described by NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules

Biotoxin Introductory Training Log-in is required before initiating work with any biological toxins (with an LD50 of less than 100 micrograms per kilogram of body weight in vertebrates) requiring BSL-2 containment.

Human Gene Transfer Introduction Training Log-in is required for persons who may be potentially exposed to the Human Gene Transfer product during the experiment.

Biosafety Level 2 - Laboratory Training Requirements

All personnel must receive training on Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory practices prior to working in a BSL-2 laboratory. Principal Investigators (PIs) are responsible for adhering to the following:

  1. The PI or supervisor must explain the nature of the risks associated with the agent(s) that are used in the lab, the possible routes of exposures, demonstrate the special handling, personal protective equipment (PPE), and decontamination practices that are used in the lab.
  2. All personnel must:
  3. Personnel who may be exposed to Human Derived Materials must complete annual update training for bloodborne pathogens. Automated email reminders are distributed to affected individuals approximately one month prior to training expiration.
  4. Visitors and temporary personnel (i.e. 3 months or less) must also complete the online training course Bloodborne Pathogens and Biosafety Training for Research Personnel Log-in. In general, temporary personnel do not need to be added to the IBC registration document; however, temporary personnel who will conduct BSL-2 experiments involving animals must be added to the IBC registration.

Note: Completing the above steps does not entitle personnel to work with BSL-2 agents. It is the PI or supervisor’s responsibility to assess an individual’s readiness to work with BSL-2 agents, and also to directly demonstrate and train new personnel in the specific techniques and practices that are used in their lab.

All Available Biosafety Training

Training may be required depending upon an individual's duties, job specifications, and potential exposure.

  • Log-in Autoclaving Safely Training
  • Log-in Biosafety Level 1 Training
  • Log-in Biotoxin Introductory Training
  • Log-in Bloodborne Pathogen and Biosafety Training for Research Personnel
  • Log-in Bloodborne Pathogens Annual Update Training for Research Personnel
  • Log-in Bloodborne Pathogens Annual Training for Athletics/Recreational Sports staff
  • Log-in Bloodborne Pathogens Annual Training for Emergency Responders
  • Log-in Bloodborne Pathogens Annual Training for Housing and Housekeeping staff
  • Log-in Bloodborne Pathogens Annual Training for Veterinary and Animal Care (Vivarium) staff
  • Log-in Human Gene Transfer Introduction Training New!
  • Log-in Select Agent Annual Refresher Training
  • Log-in Shipping Infectious Substances Training (IATA/DOT) (training is valid for 2 years)
    • Required training for persons who ship infectious substances including patient (clinical) specimens, human-derived research materials, infectious microorganisms, certain genetically-modified organisms, etc. Those who complete training must retain a training certificate (provided by EHS automatically upon completion) confirming that they passed the final exam. Shipping Infectious Substances Training (IATA/DOT) is valid for two years.

  • coming soon Shipping Category B, Dry Ice, and/or Exempt Specimens Training (training is valid for 2 years)
    • A prerequisite for "Shipping Category B, Dry Ice, and/or Exempt Specimens Training" is completion of the "Shipping Infectious Substances Training (IATA/DOT)" module.

    • Two years after completion of the "Shipping Infectious Substances Training (IATA/DOT)" module, you may choose to complete the "Shipping Category B, Dry Ice, and/or Exempt Specimens Training" module if you are ONLY shipping Category B Biological Substances, Dry Ice, and/or Exempt Human (or Animal) Specimens or a combination of these materials (applies to most UVA shippers).

    • International shipments and permits are also offered in this module as an optional add-on of the training. Those who complete training must retain a training certificate (provided by EHS automatically upon completion) confirming that they passed the final exam. "Shipping Category B, Dry Ice, and/or Exempt Specimens Training" is valid for two years.

  • Log-in Suitability Assessment Training
    • Required training for personnel with access to Tier 1 select agents and toxins on entity policies and procedures for reporting, evaluation, and corrective actions concerning the assessment of personnel suitability. Completion of this module is a requirement for BSL-3 Facility access.
  • Log-in Vaccinia Virus Training for Research Personnel

Specific BSL-3 Laboratory Training and other customized training sessions

  • Contact EHS Biosafety to arrange/schedule specifically for your department or laboratory group
    • BSL-3 Facility Orientation Training
    • BSL-3 PAPR Training
    • BSL-3 Select Agent Introductory and Awareness Training

Animal Handler Training done in partnership with the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) and Office of Animal Welfare (OAW)

  • UVA - Working Safely With Animals/Animal Orientation
  • UVA - Animal Facility Rules and Procedures
  • UVA - Animal Biosafety Level 2 Procedures
  • UVA - Animal Biosafety Level 3 Procedures
Radiation Safety Training Course
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This course assumes some knowledge of basic science. After a brief introduction to radiation physics, this course covers the interaction of radiation with matter, biological effects and risks of radiation exposures, regulatory and administrative dose and exposure limits, personnel monitoring for radiation exposure, internal deposition and external exposure protection methods, radiation measurement and measuring equipment, radioactive waste and emergency procedures.
Radiation Safety Annual Refresher Training
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This training is required annually for all Principal Investigators, Authorized Users, Qualified Users and General Users of radioactive materials at the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. This training is in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450 - Chemical Hygiene Standard, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 10 CFR 19.12 - Instruction to Workers and provisions of the University of Virginia’s Radioactive Material License.
Radiation Safety Training for Epilepsy Unit Staff
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The radionuclide Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) is used as an imaging agent to allow physicians to assess brain activity during an epileptic seizure. Because the timing of the seizure is unpredictable, the nurses caring for the epileptic patient must be prepared to quickly and safely inject the drug during a seizure. This training is required for the nursing staff who will be injecting the dose. The training also includes instruction for ordering a patient dose (using EPIC), how the dose must be properly stored before injection, how to properly dispose of the dose after injection, radiation surveys that will be performed to ensure no contamination has occurred during injection and what actions to take if radioactive material is spilled.
Radiation Safety Guide Lecture for Patient Care Staff
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This training is mandatory for all individuals in the hospital who are issued a radiation dosimeter and work with or in the vicinity of radioactive material/patients or radiation producing equipment at the University of Virginia. This training includes the contents of the UVA Radiation Safety Guide. The Radiation Safety Guide provides information about basic policies and procedures in place at the University that ensure compliance with State and Federal license requirements. Material covered by this this guide includes: organizational structure, authorization policies, exposure  limits, proper use of dosimeters, receipt and transfer of radioactive material, basic radiation protection methods, use of radioactive material in humans, pregnancy policy and emergency procedures.
Radiation Safety Guide Lecture for Research Personnel
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This training is mandatory for all independent users of radioactive material and radiation producing equipment at the University of Virginia. This training includes the contents of the UVA Radiation Safety Guide. The Radiation Safety Guide provides information about basic policies and procedures in place at the University that ensure compliance with State and Federal license requirements. Material covered by this this guide includes: organizational structure, authorization policies, exposure and release limits, receipt and transfer of radioactive material, basic laboratory operating requirements, waste handling procedures, use of radioactive material in humans, radiation producing equipment, bioassay requirements and emergency procedures.
Radiation Safety In the Patient Care Environment
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Radiation Safety training for nurses and other hospital staff caring for patients who receive radiation therapy (e.g. radioactive iodine, brachytherapy, implants, HDR).
Radiation Safety Training for Cardiac Cath Lab Staff
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Required annual training for Cardiac Cath Lab Staff.
Radiation Safety Training for Health Care Workers Using Fluoroscopic X-ray Systems
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The use of X-ray fluoroscopy has increased dramatically in recent years. Advances in medical technology have resulted in the development of more powerful X-ray machines used during complex procedures requiring extensive use of fluoroscopy. The use of such equipment by personnel who have not received specialized training in the proper use of radiation creates the potential for excessive radiation exposure to personnel and patients. This training module was developed to provide you with basic radiation protection information. As a radiation worker, you should be familiar with the currently available information regarding risks of radiation exposure during the procedures you participate in. A number of topics are covered in this module, from basic protection methods to optimal use of the fluoroscopy equipment. Because this module may be used by individuals with varying backgrounds and experience, the module has been divided into chapters to allow the user to access all or a few of the chapters which may be applicable to their role during fluoroscopy use.
Radiation Safety Training for Irradiator Users (Irradiator Use Guide)
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This Guide is required reading for all irradiator users. It contains a summary of the radiation safety policies and procedures governing the use of irradiators at the University of Virginia, basic radiation safety training and emergency response instruction.
Radiation Safety Training for Nuclear Cardiology Staff
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This course provides Radiation Safety Training for Nuclear Cardiology staff. All Nuclear Cardiology staff must complete this training before being allowed to work independently with radioactive material at the University of Virginia. This training may be used by Nuclear Cardiology staff to fulfill their annual retraining requirement as well. As outlined in NRC and State guidance for Medical Use Licensees, instruction on a comprehensive list of topics is provided. These topics along with other more specific University policies are covered in this training module. A test of the material covered in this module is included at the end of the module. A score of at least 80% is required to successfully pass this test.
Radiation Safety Training for Nuclear Medicine Staff
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This course provides Radiation Safety Training for Nuclear Medicine staff. All Nuclear Medicine staff must complete this training before being allowed to work independently with radioactive material at the University of Virginia. This training may be used by Nuclear Medicine staff to fulfill their annual retraining requirement as well. As outlined in NRC guidance for Medical Use Licensees, instruction on a comprehensive list of topics is provided. These topics along with other more specific University policies are covered in this training module. A test of the material covered in this module is included at the end of the module. A score of at least 80% is required to successfully pass this test.
Radiation Safety Training for New Residents and Fellows
Required training for new residents and fellows in Radiology. Radiation Safety training topics include proper use of dosimetry, radiation protection methods and pregnancy declaration.
No online module, in-person training only. Contact EHS at 434-982-4911 to schedule.
Radiation Safety Training for Safe Use of Analytical X-Ray Equipment
Radiation Safety Training for Safe Use of Analytical X-Ray Equipment is available via word
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Radiation Safety Training for Safe Use of Analytical X-Ray Equipment is available via pdf
Analytical X-ray equipment is used for X-ray diffraction analysis, fluorescence analysis, or direct X-ray transmission analysis of materials. These analytical x-ray systems are comprised of components that utilize X-rays to determine elemental composition, or to examine the microstructure of materials. These analytical x-ray devices are used for non-medical purposes. The primary objective of this program is to keep occupational exposures to radiation as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) while utilizing these types of equipment. This safety program establishes UVA procedures for the safe operation of analytical X-ray equipment and the associated potential radiation hazards.
Radiology Annual Radiation Safety Training
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Required annual training for Radiology Staff.
Safe Handling of Radioactive Seeds in Surgical Pathology
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This training is intended for Surgical Pathology Staff, Residents and Fellows handling breast specimens containing Radioactive I-125 Seeds. This module provides required radiation safety training for individuals working in Surgical Pathology that process and handle breast specimens containing radioactive seeds. Topics covered include basic radiation safety concepts, seed recognition, safe handling and shielding of seeds, documentation of seed movement and inventory, radiation surveys and emergency response/notifications.
Safe Use of Radioactive Material in the Operating Room
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This module provides the training necessary to allow surgical staff to work safely with and around radioactive material encountered in the Operating Room (OR). For cases involving breast lesions, a small metal seed containing radioactive iodine (I-125) that has been implanted in the patient’s breast in the Breast Care Center will be removed during surgery. In addition, Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) may be injected into the patient, while in the OR, to identify the sentinel lymph node. Both the breast lesion containing the radioactive seed, and the sentinel lymph node containing radioactive Technetium, will be removed in the OR. All surgical staff must know how to work safely around these materials in order to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure and contamination.
Safe Use of Fluoroscopy
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Radiation Safety training required for physicians, operators and supervisors of fluoroscopic equipment. The use of X-ray fluoroscopy has increased dramatically in recent years. Advances in medical technology have resulted in the development of more powerful X-ray machines used during complex procedures requiring extensive use of fluoroscopy. The use of such equipment by personnel who have not received specialized training in the proper use of radiation creates the potential for excessive radiation exposure to personnel and patients.
Radiation Safety Training for Radioactive Seed Localization of Breast Lesions
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Required training for Breast Care Center Staff. This module provides the training necessary to allow Breast Care Center staff to work safely with and around radioactive seeds used for localization of non-palpable lesions and lymph nodes. All staff must know how to work safely around these materials in order to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure and contamination. Small metal seeds containing radioactive iodine (I-125) are implanted in the patient’s breast in the Breast Care Center and are later removed during surgery. The training includes review of the protocol which must be followed during the implant procedure, radiation surveys to prevent loss of the seeds, imaging verification of seed location and emergency response procedures.
Sealed Source Use Radiation Protection Instruction
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The information contained in this training module is for individuals who work with sealed sources of radioactive material or enter areas in which radioactive material or radiation sources are present and radiation exposure is possible.
Crowd Manager Training
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Required training for persons who provide crowd management services at UVA Assembly Events.
Fire Safety in Labs, Shops, & Studios
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Recommended training for persons who work in laboratories, shops and studios. Training helps familiarize users to the unique fire safety considerations in an academic setting. This module will provide background on fire prevention code, common fire code issues, situations or conditions that could lead to a fire, and what you can do to prevent a fire.
Fire Extinguisher Training
No online module, in-person training only. Contact EHS at 434-982-4911 to schedule.
Recommended training for Faculty, Staff & Students who perform research.
Fire Prevention and Emergency Plan Training
No online module, in-person training only. Contact EHS at 434-982-4911 to schedule.
Recommended training for ALL Faculty, Staff & Students.
Fire Watch Training
No online module, in-person training only. Contact EHS at 434-982-4911 to schedule.
Required training for select persons.

Two specific UVA policies define the Chemical Safety Training requirements for select University faculty, staff, and students.

ID: SEC-003 - Chemical Safety and Waste Training

ID: SEC-005 - Hazardous (Chemical) Waste Collection and Disposal

Required Training

University faculty, staff, and students who are required to complete Chemical Safety Training must complete at least one of the following training modules (or have properly documented completion of analogous training) in order to be considered in compliance with University policy.

Chemical Safety and Waste Training for Research Personnel & Students
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Required training for Research Personnel & Students who work in a laboratory/area where chemicals are used, or who generate Hazardous (Chemical) Waste.
Chemical Safety and Waste Training for Non-Research Personnel
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Required training for Non-Research Personnel who work in a laboratory/area where chemicals are used, or who generate Hazardous (Chemical) Waste.
Chemical Safety Training for Support Staff
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Required training for persons who do NOT handle chemicals, but who may be accidentally exposed to chemicals where they work.
Chemical Safety - Organic Chemistry Laboratory Training
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Required training ffor all students enrolled in CHEM 2411/2421.
This training, in addition to the safety quiz, must be completed in order for you to participate in your first laboratory class.

In addition to training, all persons working with Hazardous Chemicals should be well acquainted with UVA’s Chemical Hygiene Plan word | pdf.

UVA’s Chemical Hygiene Plan includes University protocols and information for working safely with chemicals and instructions for the safe handling and collection of Hazardous (Chemical) Waste.

Lab Managers & Supervisors may also provide you with specialized training for using particular chemicals or chemical products, and where appropriate, how to use personal protective equipment (PPE). If you have any questions about a chemical or about your personal protective equipment you should contact your Lab Manager/Supervisor or contact EHS at 434-982-4911.

Recommended Training

After completing your required training (see above), you may find that you want more information regarding Laboratory & Chemical Safety. Below you will find links to additional UVA and Non-UVA sources of these types of materials.

UVA-specific Recommended Training

UVA personnel who assign projects and have oversight responsibilities in work areas are encouraged to assign persons to complete these module as appropriate.

Chemical Safety - Chemical Storage: A General Guideline
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Recommended training for persons who work with chemicals and/or manage the storage of chemicals. Training includes guidance on how to properly segregate incompatible chemicals and locations for proper storage.
Chemical Safety - Compressed Gas Cylinder and Regulator Safety
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Recommended training for persons who work with compressed gas cylinders. Training includes guidance on: how to store, move and secure cylinders properly, choosing and attaching the appropriate regulators for the gas type, and checking for gas leaks after regulator attachment.
Chemical Safety - Enthalpy Wheel Orientation
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Recommended training for persons handling chemicals in laboratories served by ventilation systems containing enthalpy wheels. Training includes an orientation to the wheels and the necessary safety measures for research personnel.
Chemical Safety - Handling Organolithiums and Related Agents
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Recommended training for persons who work with Organolithiums and Related (highly reactive, potentially pyrophoric) Agents.
Chemical Safety - Housekeeping Practice in Research Labs
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Recommended training for persons using laboratory space. Training emphasizes the importance of good housekeeping practice and the implications to overall safety when an area is poorly maintained. Advice is given on how to properly maintain laboratory space.
Fire Safety - Fire Safety in Labs, Shops, & Studios
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Recommended training for persons who work in laboratories, shops and studios. Training helps familiarize users to the unique fire safety considerations in an academic setting. This module will provide background on fire prevention code, common fire code issues, situations or conditions that could lead to a fire, and what you can do to prevent a fire.
PPE - Eye Protection
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Recommended training for persons who utilize areas where there is the potential for exposure or injury due to chemical or physical hazards. Training includes guidance on how to choose the appropriate eye protection for your application.
PPE - Glove Selection
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Recommended training for persons who utilize laboratory, studio and/or shop spaces where there is the potential for hand injuries due to chemical and/or physical hazards. Training includes guidance on how to choose the appropriate glove for your application, and best practices when using gloves.
PPE - Physical Hazards
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Recommended training for persons who utilize laboratory, studio and/or shop spaces where there is the potential for injury due to physical hazards. Training provides an awareness of various physical hazards, safe work practices, and preventative measures to mitigate the risk of injury.

Non-UVA Recommended Training

Dow Lab Safety Academy

Laser Safety - Laser Safety in Research - Module 1
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Required training for persons potentially exposed to lasers classified as 1M, 2M, 3B, or 4.

Required Training

Asbestos Awareness (2 Hours)
Required training for all Facilities Management tradespersons, University housekeepers and custodial employees who are assigned to duties in buildings that contain asbestos. Training must be completed in the first year of employment. Attendees will receive information regarding the various uses of asbestos, information on the health effects of asbestos exposure, how to recognize and report damaged asbestos, a brief regulatory overview, and a review of the University’s asbestos management policy. This Class IV training takes 2 hours and does not qualify the attendee to handle or disturb asbestos.
No online module, in-person training only. Contact EHS at 434-982-4911 to schedule.
Asbestos Awareness Refresher
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Required annual refresher training for employees who have completed the initial 2-Hour Asbestos Awareness training. Participants will receive a brief overview of all components of the "Asbestos Awareness (2 Hours)" training.
Asbestos Operations and Maintenance
No online module, in-person training only. Contact EHS at 434-982-4911 to schedule.
Lead in Construction (4 Hours)
Required training for Facilities Management tradespersons who are required to disturb lead-containing materials at work. This training takes approximately 4 hours. Attendees will receive information about lead hazards, the nature of operations that could lead to lead exposure, the content of the OSHA standard, the proper use of respirators, engineering controls and good work practices, and a review of the University’s medical surveillance and lead management policies. Participants will be qualified to handle and/or disturb lead-containing materials. All participants are required to be enrolled in the University’s respirator program.
No online module, in-person training only. Contact EHS at 434-982-4911 to schedule.
Lead in Construction Refresher
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Required annual refresher training for employees who have completed initial 4-Hour Lead in Construction training. Participants will receive a brief overview of all components of the "Lead in Construction (4 Hours)" training.
 
 
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