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OSU-CHS Research Safety Training Checklist

PIs can use this checklist to determine what training subjects apply to them and others (including students) who work in the PI's area of responsibility. You can also download the checklist in MS Word format.

_____ Biological Safety Applicability

Where a person works with or in an area where biohazards exists such as, infectious agents or rDNA.  Further definition of biohazards include an agent of biological origin that has the capacity to produce deleterious effects on humans, i.e. microorganisms, toxins and allergens derived from those organisms; and allergens and toxins derived from higher plants and animals.

Persons working with infectious agents or potentially infected materials must be aware of potential hazards, and must be trained and proficient in the practices and techniques required for handling such material safely.

Training is required initially; and then as policy/procedure/equipment changes occur, and refresher training as PI/Supervisor determines.

_____ Bloodborne Pathogen Applicability

Occupational Exposure means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties.

Other Potentially Infectious Materials means (1) The following human body fluids: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood, and all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids; (2) Any unfixed tissue or organ (other than intact skin) from a human (living or dead); and (3) HIV-containing cell or tissue cultures, organ cultures, and HIV- or HBV-containing culture medium or other solutions; and blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or HBV.

Training required initially, annually, and as policy/procedure changes occur.

_____ Laboratory Safety Applicability

Laboratory use of hazardous chemicals means handling or use of such chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met:

  1. Chemical manipulations are carried out on a "laboratory scale," handling of substances are designed to be easily and safety manipulated by one person;
  2. Multiple chemical procedures or chemicals are used;
  3. The procedures involved are not part of a production process, nor in any way simulate a production process; and
  4. "Protective laboratory practices and equipment" are available and in common use to minimize the potential for employee exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Training required initially, every 3 years, and as policy/procedure changes occur.

_____ Radiation Safety Applicability

Radiation safety applies to work with radioactive materials such as processing, handling, and disposing of radioactive materials.  Radiation as referred to here as ionizing radiation means any or all of the following: alpha particles, beta particles, gamma rays, x-rays; but not sound or radio waves, or visible, infrared, or ultraviolet light; sealed or unsealed.

Forty hours of initial training or forty hours of previous training and experience required for new employees/users, refresher required annually, and as policy/procedure changes occur. Ancillary personnel are those who work in the vicinity of areas where radioactive materials are used or stored but who do not work directly with the radioactive material. Training is required initially before employee begins work. Ancillary personnel are those who work in the vicinity of areas where radioactive materials are used or stored but who do not work directly with the radioactive material. Training is required initially before employee begins work.

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