Biosafety Training

Biosafety Training Procedures

The following training courses are required when job duties pertain to the risks associated with biological safety and related areas.

The table below shows the required training for various duties and will provide a link to the training or training portal as it applies.


Biosafety Training Procedures

All employees that work in biosafety regulated environments require Primary Training* and Supplemental Biosafety Training specific to the hazards to which they are exposed during the course of performing their job duties.



Primary Training

Supplemental Biosafety Training


Skillsoft CITI, Individual Modules (as needed)


Skillsoft CITI, Individual Modules (as needed)


Lecture/Group* CITI, Individual Modules (as needed)

Graduate Students

Lecture/Group* CITI, Individual Modules (as needed)


By Appointment* CITI, Individual Modules (as needed)

General Outside Agency

By Appointment* CITI, Individual Modules (as needed)

 *Students and other non-employees do not have access to the Skillsoft training system and therefore cannot be assigned training in the same maner in which an employee can. To access training, users in these categories should contact EH&S for direct access to training materials or dates of classroom sessions.

Primary Training is assigned by job safety classification. For example, office workers are assigned courses like "Office Ergonomics" and "Office Safety" where laboratory workers are assigned courses like "Personal Protective Equipment" and "Hazardous Waste". Upon logging in to your Primary Training Portal (Skillsoft or Clarity), you will see your assigned courses that apply to your job. All employees regardless of background require the completion of Primary Training although the course content may differ between employees.

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Supplemental Training is assigned to workers on an as-needed basis only since Primary Training is usually sufficient for most workers. Supplemental Training is added for specific or specialized hazards in areas such as Biosafety where certain workers may be exposed to infectious agents, sharps hazards or specialized equipment.

EH&S provides supplemental training through CITI, as well as Individual Modules which are created directly by EH&S. When Individual Modules apply to a worker, they will be provided with a link to that specific module when supplemental training is needed. Individual Modules are stand-alone files so it is important that users submit their certificates of completion to EH&S through inter-campus mail. These stand-alone, EHS-developed courses have no affiliation with Skillsoft (Skillport) or Clarity, nor is there a Learning Management System available at this time which would be responsible for automatically recording these scores.


CITI Biosafety Training

CITI Biosafety Training is a Biosafety module provided by the University of Miami and covers many areas of the Biosafety field. An initial survey will direct users to take specific topics. Topics and courses are listed below.


Required For

No. of Courses

Introduction to Biosafety Lab Worker Infectious
Basic Biosafety Training Lab Worker Infectious
Biosafety Re-Training Annual Refresher
Animal Biosafety Animal Workers (Biosafety)
Shipping and Transport of Regulated BIological Materials Select Agent Workers/ Administrators
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Lab Workers
Select Agents, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Select Agent Workers/ Administrators
Emergency and Incident Response to Biohazard Spills and Releases Lab Workers (Biohazards)
Human Gene Transfer Trials N/A
NIH Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Guidelines rDNA Workers, Submitters to IBC and IBC members
OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Training Lab Workers
Institutional Biosafety Committee Members IBC Members and Community Members
Biosafety Complete Training All of the above (Administrators)


Enter CITI Training


Individual Web Based Safety Courses

These individual training courses were created by EH&S and uploaded to the web to serve as supplemental training for specific hazards on campus. Workers who require this training are identified in the program that pertains to that area. For example, workers that require Aerosol and Transmissible Disease training are identified in the Aerosol and Transmissible Disease Program. Similarly, workers that require these specialized training programs are identified by job safety classification. For example, a worker classified as Laboratory Worker-Infectious may be required to have BSL-2 training if they work in a BSL-2 environment.


Job Safety Classification/ Duties

Aerosol & Transmissible Diseases

Laboratory Worker- Infectious/ Infectious Agents, Emergency Responders, First Responders, Health Care Professionals

Bloodborne Pathogens (Pending) Laboratory Workers+, Faculty, Staff
Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) (Pending) Laboratory Worker- Infectious/ Risk Group 2+ agents
Select Agents (Restricted Access) Work with Select Agents and Toxins
Security Plan (Restricted Access) Select Agents Workers
Incident Response Plan (Restricted Access) Select Agent Workers
Tier 1 Select Agents (Pending) Select Agent Inclusive training as well as Tier 1 supplemental training.
Suitability Assessments (Lecture Only) Tier 1 workers (Select Agents)
IBC Procedures (Pending) Researchers who submit to the IBC
Medical Surveillance (Pending) Laboratory Worker- Infectious/ Infectious Agents, Chemical