Biosafety Training Requirements

Research Area

Required Training Courses 


rDNA and synthetic nucleic acid molecules

Biological Safety in the Laboratory

Required once

Implementation of NIH Guidelines

Required once

Infectious agents (i.e., bacteria, viruses, fungi, prions, parasites)

Biological Safety in the Laboratory

Required once
Bloodborne pathogens (e.g., HIV, HBV, HCV, HTLV, EBV, HPV, CMV, etc) Bloodborne Pathogens Annual OSHA Requirement Required annually if you work with infectious microorganisms, human blood, human body fluids, or human/primate cell lines
All research labs Lab specific training is required for every individual that works in the lab—regardless of job duties Required annually
Shipping infectious agents, clinical specimens, and dry ice Contact UHS at or (612) 626-6002 Required every 2 years

Note: Visiting scientists must complete required University of Minnesota training before they can work in a lab at the University.

Biosafety Consideration for Working with Human Materials

Human cell lines: Since no human cell lines can be guaranteed to be free of all bloodborne pathogens, Biosafety Level 2 practices must be followed.

Other Biosafety Task-Specific Training

Note: At this time, the following training sessions are not mandatory; however University Health and Safety (UHS) strongly encourages all staff to review any applicable training: