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Biosafety Program:
Training and Certification

Part 1: CITI Online Training -

This must be completed prior to interacting with any BL2 or rDNA material in association with Miami for anyone acting without the direct supervision (see below) and presence of someone approved to supervise such activity.*

A set of 7 modules have been bundled to meet basic requirements titled "Initial Biosafety Training". Additional modules may be required at the discretion of the project faculty or IBC.

(see information below for account creation)

Part 2: Documented Experience -

The PI or staff member responsible for safety and containment for the project must provide evidence of experience conducting research with BSL-2 materials (or rDNA). The evidence is typically provided to the IBC through the application process.

Part 3: Faculty Approval -

Either as the PI or Faculty Advisor on protocols, a faculty member through the application, review, and approval process is responsible for assuring the appropriate training in the assigned tasks of persons named on the application. This component of the training is the most important aspect of the training associated with the Miami Animal Care Program.

* “Supervisors” must be listed on an approved protocol. "Direct supervision" means a person trained in the activities is present and able to overseeactivities. For classes, a faculty member or teaching assistant can provide the expertise necessary to assure the proper handling and care by the students. For research, short-term temporary assistants can be supervised by persons listed on the protocol approved for the activity. The PI on the protocol must be aware and approve of the use of persons who have not completed formal training.


CITI Account Creation:

If you have a CITI account for human subjects research or animal care, you can add the biosafety menu from the menu after logging in at CITI.

If you already have a CITI account from another institution, you can affiliate with Miami after logging in using your existing username and password. This will allow Miami administrators to have access to your CITI records and receive credit for work completed.

1. If you have a Miami UniqueID (the first part of a Miami Email address), please use that when you crete a new account. Please do not use the same password you use for Miami. If you do not have a Miami uniqueID, please use LastnameFirstname (no spaces) so that you and we will be able to locate your records in our database.

2. At a minimum, completion of the Initial Biosafety Training set of modules is required. Your faculty advisor may notify you that additional modules are required (e.g. Bloodborne Pathogens)


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