IBC Training Requirements

Penn State offers both required and optional training for those handling biohazardous materials.

Required CITI Training

The Penn State IBC requires all Penn State faculty, staff, and students working on a project that involves biohazards to complete online safety training through CITI before beginning or participating in the project.

You can find more information on CITI trainings, including instructions to access the trainings on the Penn State CITI homepage.

If you are ready to being training, you can go to citi.psu.edu.

Training on Bloodborne Pathogens

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training in CITI is required for Penn State faculty, staff, and students who are listed on research or teaching protocols that involves handling human blood and blood products, human body fluid and/or human tissue. You must also complete the biosafety training in CITI described below.

The full OSHA training must be retaken every year.

Biosafety Training

The biosafety training is required for all investigators and personnel who conduct Research or teaching involving regulated materials, which includes infectious agents and recombinant DNA.  Please Penn States definition of regulated materials:  RP11 - Use of Regulated and Biohazardous Materials in Research and Instruction

The Initial Biosafety Training in CITI must be retaken every 5 years, but the shorter refresher course needs to be taken yearly.

Other Training

Penn State's Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) offers a number of training classes for faculty, staff and students. Most training is specific to the work you perform in your job at the University.  Please Contact EHS if you are interested in learning more about EHS training courses.