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Biosafety Training Policy
(Note additional training may be required if your research involves the use of hazardous chemicals, radiation, etc. See the complete listing of Training offered by EHS.
The following groups of personnel at University of Maryland Baltimore (UM) are required to attend BBP training if these individuals have reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of their duties or assignments, including assigned work, volunteer tasks, academic programs and practicum experiences:
- all employees of UM; including full-time, part-time, temporary, contractual, and visiting personnel in any employment category;
- all part-time and full-time students as well as any special students who are not registered; and
- all volunteers participating in UM activities to receive annual bloodborne pathogens training
Bloodborne pathogens training is provided at the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may occur and that training shall be repeated every twelve months.
Topics included are:
- OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards and contents of the regulations
- The epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases
- The modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens
- The UM Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan and a method for obtaining a copy
- The recognition of tasks that may involve exposure
- The use and limitations of methods to reduce exposure, for example, engineering controls, work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE)
- The types, use, location, removal, handling, decontamination, and disposal of PPE
- The basis of selection of PPE
- The hepatitis B vaccine, including efficacy, safety, method of administration, benefits, and cost, if any
- The appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials
- The procedures to follow if an exposure incident occurs, including the method of reporting and medical follow-up
- The evaluation and follow-up required after an exposure incident
- The signs, labels, and color coding systems used to identify potentially infectious materials.
- DOT Infectious & Biological Materials Shipping Training: Note this course is required every two years.
- This training identifies the dangerous goods regulations that apply to those who offer for transport, transports, or causes infectious substances, genetically modified microorganisms, biological products, or dry ice to be transported.
- DOT Infectious and Biological Materials Shipping training is available in-class and online through MyEHS.