All personnel involved in research and teaching activities that are registered with the IBC are required to complete, at least one time, the EHS Bloodborne Pathogen/Biosafety Training, which is offered monthly. After the initial training, personnel can renew their training by either attending the EHS training again, or by completing the CITI program on-line training: www.citiprogram.org. (Please type this address into your web browser to avoid connection issues with the CITI web site.) The CITI program can be customized for the type of research activities conducted. All personnel at UMass Lowell who work with bloodborne pathogens (BBP) are required to complete BBP training annually. General training must be updated every three years and a Refresher Module is also available.
Modules required for the basic training include:
- Biohazard Risk Assessment
- Risk Management-Personal Protective Equipment
- Confining Aerosols and Effective Use of BSCs
- Risk Management-Laboratory Design
- Risk Management-Emergency and Spill Response
Personnel who work with BBPs must update training annually. BBP required modules include:
- Labels & Engineering Controls
- Emergency Response Procedures
- Universal Precautions and Work Practices
Personnel who work in Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences must also take the Risk Management Work Practices and Engineering Controls Modules.
Additional modules available include Animal Biosafety, Shipping and Tranport of Regulated Biological Materials, Select Agents, and NIH rDNA Guidelines.
Certificates of completion are sent electronically to the Institutional Compliance Office and EHS, if you link to UMass Lowell during the registration process. Begin by going to the CITI website, register by creating your own user name and password, and then select the modules to complete.
Training for Students Working with Blood-Borne Pathogens
Faculty may offer the training options to their students as a supplement to course work or to meet requirements for annual BBP training.
Research Specific Training
Faculty are expected to provide additional procedural and hands-on training that is specific to their research-related activities for research personnel to ensure safe handling practices and accidental exposure procedures are clearly understood.