Training-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Biological Safety Trainings

Biological Safety Training  

Required: For all persons working in a BSL-2 lab. Recommended for all persons working with biological agents and/or animals, either in a classroom or laboratory setting.

Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Required: For persons with reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM)--bodily fluids, tissues, organs, infected animals, human cell lines (HELA cells, HEK cells, etc.), etc.--which contain or could contain bloodborne pathogens. (COREQUISITE WITH BIOLOGICAL SAFETY TRAINING (researchers))

Ancillary Biosafety Training

Required: For those persons who do not work with biohazardous materials themselves, but who work in an area posted for biohazards, or who have cause to enter such an area as part of their work.

Biological Safety Training

Approximate time: 1-1.5 hours

The training addresses the recommendations specified in the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (5th edition) published by the Centers for Disease Control and the requirements of Carnegie Mellon's Biological Safety Program. Also discussed are techniques to use biohazardous agents so that hazards to workers and the environment are minimized.


Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Contact Andrew Lawson 412-268-8405, Submit online form

Approximate time: 0.5-1 hour (Generally given immediately after Biosafety)

Discusses the scope of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and the measures taken at Carnegie Mellon to reduce or eliminate the possibility of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, human blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) at the university.

Ancillary Biosafety Training

Online Training and Quiz

Approximate time: 0.5 hours

Ancillary Biosafety Training is required for those persons who do not work with biohazardous materials themselves, but who work in an area posted for biohazards, or who have cause to enter such an area as part of their work.

Signing up for Ancillary Biological Safety Training

This course is being taught using CourseSites by Blackboard, an online platform for organizing and securely sharing course materials, online lectures, discussion and other learning activities.

To enroll in the course

1.       Launch a browser (Firefox or Chrome is recommended) and enter the following URL to the course home page:

2.       After following the URL, click the Self-Enroll button.

3.       Create an account.  Enter a valid email address (preferably your CMU email) and your full name in the corresponding fields.  Use your AndrewID as your username, if available.

**When signing up, take note that you can register using existing account information from popular web services like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo and Windows Live to make it easier to login.**

To fulfill the requirements of the course…

1.       View the presentation using the link on the left hand side of the page.  You can also download and print the presentation for your reference.

2.       After reviewing the presentation information, take the short, 10-question quiz to confirm you have completed the training.  A minimum score of 70/100 is needed to pass the course.  The quiz can be retaken as needed to fulfill that requirement.

3.       Once you have obtained the minimum score or above, email Andrew Lawson ( or Angela Reid ( to inform EHS that the course requirement has been met.  After your score has been verified, your training record will be put into the EHS database for future reference. 

Office: MI 313
Phone: (412) 268-8405
Contact: Andrew Lawson


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