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Learn how to access required biosafety training.

Aerosol Transmissible Disease Pathogens

The Biosafety: Aerosol Transmissible Disease Pathogens training is required for researchers working with any of the pathogens identified by Cal/OSHA in CCR Title 8, Section 5199, Appendix D. Aerosol Transmissible Disease Pathogens Refresher training is required within 365 days of taking this class if you continue to work with ATD Pathogens.

How to get your first training:

Annual refresher training:

  • Complete Aerosol Transmissible Disease Pathogens Refresher (online class) on UC Learning Center. This is the annual refresher for the Aerosol Transmissible Disease Pathogens class, and must be taken annually, within 365 days of your last training date. 

Biosafety Level 3: Practices, Equipment and Facilities

Biosafety Level 3 laboratories is required for a researcher working with infectious agents that may cause serious or potentially life-threatening disease through the inhalation route. Personnel will receive specific training in handling these agents and must demonstrate knowledge and proficiency. Regulations covered: 8 CCR 5199 — Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard

How to get your first training:

Bloodborne Pathogens Training and Annual Refresher

Required for campus employees and students who work with human blood, human blood components, products made from human blood, human body fluids, unfixed human tissue or organs, human cell lines, animals with human xenografts, bloodborne pathogens, or other potentially infectious materials. All employees and students working with the materials listed above must complete this training annually. This is an eCourse.

How to get training:

  • Complete Biosafety: Bloodborne Pathogens training and annual refresher (online class) on UC Learning Center.
    • CAL-OSHA requires the Hepatitis B Vaccine Accept/Decline Form in the online class must be filled and completed during the training. If you do not select one of the options you will not receive credit for the course.  

Note: Medical Center health care providers have location-specific training. Contact the Medical Center Safety Office, (619) 543-7575, for more information.

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

The Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) training is required for researchers working with knowledge, information, products or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat, with broad potential consequences, to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, material or national security.

Research with one or more of the fifteen DURC agents and/or toxins currently listed in the US Government DURC Policy (PDF) and which produces, aims to produce or can be reasonably anticipated to produce one or more of the 7 experimental effects of concern listed in the UC policy must be evaluated by the UC San Diego Institutional Review Entity (IRE) for its DURC potential. 

How to get your first training:

Complete Dual Use Research of Concern (online class) on UC Learning Center.

Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acids

Required for all employees and students using recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids in Risk Group 2 (or higher) viral vectors or organisms. This is instructor-led training.

How to get training:

Clinical Use of Recombinant DNA

All personnel handling Investigational New Drugs that contain recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids are required to take this online training course.  This includes Investigational New Drugs where cells are transfected off-site. This training must be completed prior to the start of work with the agent and before IBC approval.

How to get training:

For more information, contact EH&S Biosafety, (858) 534-5366.
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