Biosafety: training information

Lab-specific training 

Lab-specific training is ongoing training provided by the principal investigator (PI) on the specific materials and procedures that are being utilized in the laboratory. The PI must provide the lab-specific training prior to allowing individuals to work with biohazardous materials and whenever policies or procedures change.  PIs should utilize the Lab-Specific Biosafety Training Form to document training. 

Biosafety training 

UNT biosafety training is a comprehensive training that fulfills the training requirement for work with infectious materials in laboratories, materials of human origin that fall under the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, and NIH Guidelines training. You can access the course through the Risk Management Services website. 

NIH guidelines training 

Required for PIs performing rDNA or sNA work.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) developed the NIH "Guidelines for Research  Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules" (NIH Guidelines) as a comprehensive set of regulations governing the use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. The NIH Guidelines training is provided to assist researchers in understanding and following UNT and NIH Guideline requirements.

Training determination table 

The table below will help determine the training required by the IBC based on the biosafety level and category of materials used.  For questions, contact us.  


Training Requirements

Intended for all personnel who work on UNT projects or areas, who:

You must satisfactorily complete the following training:

Training Requirements

Work with chemicals

Chemical Lab Safety

Chemical Fume Hood Safety

Hazard Communication

Required once prior to initiation of work and annually thereafter

Work with human or primate blood, tissues, fluids other potentially infectious materials and bloodborne pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens training

Required once prior to initiation of work and annually thereafter

Work with biological materials in a basic laboratory setting. Includes Recombinant DNA, microbial agents ≤ RG2, cell culture, biological materials, and with animals


An Initial Training session is required prior to initiation of work.


Annual Refresher required thereafter.

May be in contact with Biological materials

Laboratory-specific Training (includes review of SOPs, BSPs, and hands-on training)

The Principal Investigator, Clinical director or Instructional Course Director is responsible for educating all personnel in the laboratory related to the laboratory-specific risk issues, and mitigation methods. The PI or director is also responsible for providing supervision training for all personnel in the laboratory-specific operations. Training must be documented and performed annually.


Animal Biosafety Training

Required once prior to initiation of work and annually thereafter

Recombinant Materials

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules

Required for PIs who work with recombinant materials prior to initiation of work and every three years thereafter