The Office of Environmental Health and Safety provides comprehensive training resources including specific training courses for laboratory workers who utilize biological agents, bloodborne pathogens, and live viruses in their research. More information about these and other training courses are available at the Environmental Health and Safety Training web site.
This training is designed as an introduction to biosafety for those who are new to the biological lab, particularly incoming and visiting students. This training covers biosafety guidelines followed at Princeton, requirements for those working with live viruses, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA)'s Bloodborne Pathogen Program, disinfection and waste disposal procedures, and the use of biological safety cabinets.
Any person who handles blood or certain other body fluids as part of their job, or whose job responsibilities include activities that might expose them to such body fluids is required to understand the potential hazards of such exposure and receive Bloodborne Pahtogens training. This training, Protection Against Bloodborne Pathogens, is provided on-line via a web-based interactive program and must be completed before initial exposure on the job, and at least annually thereafter. Training is also required when there has been a change in job duties and responsibilities by which there is a potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
This web-based training program and accompanying test are the initial elements of the required Live Virus Worker Program for all faculty, staff, and students who work with live viruses as part of their research activities and lab responsibilities. At the conclusion of the web training, the worker schedules a visit to Employee Health for medical review, in order to complete entry into the Program. The Live Virus Worker Web Training program can be viewed on-line at a time convenient to the worker, but the training and the subsequent medical review must be completed before work with live viruses begins.