Biological Safety Training

Who’s required to complete biological safety training?

All researchers that will work with microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses), human cell lines, transgenic animals, preserved and unpreserved animal and human specimens, human cadavers, nanotechnology using biological materials, or human gene transfer studies are required to complete biological safety training to be in compliance with UWM. Biological Safety Training is required every three years in face-to-face sessions with the biological safety program. Annual refreshers will be required through CITI Program. Please contact the Biosafety Officer for more information regarding annual refresher trainings.

When are there training sessions available?

All Fall 2017 sessions will be held in Engelmann 242, please complete the form below to register for training. Sessions will be limited to the first 15 individuals that register for that session. Click on this link to sign up for training: Biological Safety Training Sign-Up.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017         12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Wednesday, November 8, 2017       12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Thursday, December 7, 2017            9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

I completed biological safety training within the last three years. Can I be exempt from the new biological safety training?

Please send a copy of your certificate to the biological safety officer for the program records. You will be required to complete annual refresher training and subsequent face-to-face sessions at the end of the three-year period.

Are there other training opportunities offered that I should complete for my research/ teaching facility?

Bloodborne Pathogens: Visit the UWM Bloodborne Pathogens Page for more information.


All researchers that work with human blood, human cells, and/ or human tissues are required to complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training. After the Fall term, all Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Researchers will be completed through CITI Program, not through our UWM page.

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules

All researchers working with recombinant DNA, synthetic nucleic acid molecules, genetically-modified animals (transgenic mice, zebrafish, etc.), or plan on creating modified-organisms should complete CITI program training going over the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, should read the Guidelines (available online), in addition to biosafety training and any other pertinent training. It is strongly encouraged that you thoroughly understand the NIH Guidelines if you plan on conducting rDNA research.

Viral Vectors

If you plan on working with viral vectors, and have not had an educational background in it, or would like your research group to receive training, contact the biological safety officer to coordinate a viral vector training session for your research group.

Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials

If you plan on shipping live organisms, we have online CITI Program training available for you to ensure you comply with all federal and international shipping and transport regulations.


Other Training Opportunities

The biological safety officer can work with your research facility or undergraduate/ graduate course(s) and seminar(s) to coordinate training opportunities through a face-to-face session and/ or online through CITI program in the following topics:

  • Animal Biosafety
  • Nanotechnology
  • Select Agents and Toxins
  • Biosecurity
  • Dual Use Research of Concern
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity in Teaching Laboratories (face-to-face only)
  • Human Gene Transfer Trials