Select Agent Training
Institutions registering with the CDC or USDA for possession, use, and transfer of
select agents and toxins must provide training on safety and security for individuals
working with select agents and toxins. Training must be provided to each individual
approved for access and to each visitor working in or visiting areas where select
agents and toxins are handled or stored. Certain aspects of the training must be lab
specific and protocol specific. At a minimum, this training must include:
- Initial training at the time of assignment to a work area where select agents or toxins
are present and prior to assignments involving new exposure situations. Refresher
training must be provided at least annually. The investigator is responsible for ensuring
that personnel are trained appropriately. In lieu of initial training for those persons
already involved in handling select agents and toxins, the Responsible Official (RO)
may certify in writing that the PI has the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary
to carry out the project. Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) approval of a protocol,
that includes personnel experience and expertise meets this requirement.
- Training in safety, containment, security and emergency response must be provided
to all individuals with access to areas where select agents and toxins are handled
or stored. Other guidance is available from the Helpful Link section of this Web site.
- Training on information security (i.e. cybersecurity) is required.
- Please contact the Biological Safety Officer for additional information on biosafety
training that is offered at OSU.
OSU Training Verification Form
CDC/APHIS Training Materials
CDC/APHIS Training Videos (Facility Inspections)