Biosafety Training

Case Western Reserve University is committed to ensuring the highest standards of biosafety. 

Our team in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office provides training covering biosafety regulations (OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard) and best practices as an initial Zoom training session with online retraining modules on Canvas required yearly thereafter. 

All labs must also conduct lab specific training on procedures performed in the lab which is documented as part of the laboratory Exposure Control Plan

In addition, the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program offers biosafety modules as an additional resource to researchers. These include a variety of biosafety topics, not limited to: animal biosafety, nanotechnology, and emergency and incident response. 

Information on creating an account or adding biosafety modules to your CITI account can be found here:

Required Training 

Familiarize yourself with the types of training required for those listed on an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) protocol.

Research in a Laboratory Space

CWRU and the MetroHealth System

Researchers working in labs at CWRU or MetroHealth will need to complete CWRU EHS training in Lab Safety and Biohazardous Materials. Information on training can be found at the EHS Website. Following completion of the initial training, yearly online retraining must be completed.

University Hospitals

UH employees working in UH laboratory spaces will need to complete annual training in bloodborne pathogens.

Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Individuals working in laboratories at the VA must complete yearly research safety training. Questions regarding training can be sent to

Research in a Clinical Setting

Researchers listed on an IBC protocol for a clinical study must complete the Human Gene Transfer (2 CREC) course and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)  Recombinant DNA Guidelines (1 CREC) course every three years through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program.   

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