University of Vermont

Institutional Biosafety Committee - IBC



The UVM Laboratory Health and Safety Policy states that  "The University of Vermont is committed to providing a healthy and safe working and learning environment, and to supporting environmentally sound practices in the conduct of University activities. It is University policy to comply with all applicable regulations and requirements related to research and teaching in laboratories. All University activities are to be conducted in a manner that ensures the protection of students, faculty, staff, visitors and the environment."

In support of this policy, the IBC Researcher Manual Section 7.A. Proper Training and Oversight of the Research Team states:

"The principal investigator is responsible for ensuring that the research team has appropriate training prior to and during the conduct of the study...

  • Faculty members, principal investigators and others responsible for directly, or indirectly, supervising labs will support and encourage a culture of safety and the use of best practices in laboratory protocols and procedures. This includes communicating safety and health as a core value, understanding the risks and requirements associated with the laboratories they oversee, assuring that appropriate precautions are taken against hazards and unsafe practices, that proper personal protective equipment is made available to all personnel, that workplace equipment and machinery is routinely maintained, that required medical surveillance of impacted employees is conducted, that regular safety inspections are performed and documented, and that students and employees receive job and hazard-specific safety training. (NOTE: This excerpt is taken from the UVM Laboratory Health and Safety Policy)

  • If laboratory work requires a containment level of BSL-2 or greater, the PI needs to ensure that key personnel have completed the IBC required “Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment” in-class training (NOTE: The IBC Committee will not approve key personnel until this requirement has been met.)

 As of November 1st, 2017, CITI training will replace current online biosafety trainings located on the Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) website. 

o   Note 1:  This change in the online training does not affect the requirement for all key personnel working with BSL-2 to attend classroom training as provided by EH&S.  ESF Safety Class Signup Page

o   Note 2:  EH&S, in some instances, requires that OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen training be completed on an annual basis.  A blood borne pathogen module has been included in the list of optional CITI modules.  Please be sure to check with EH&S ( to see if this is a requirement for you.

  •  Active PIs and key personnel as listed on IBC protocols will be required to complete the CITI training within the next six months.   Log into CITI using the instructions found on our resource page
  • The training includes modules specific to biosafety levels.  Personnel working on BSL-1 protocols must complete the BSL-1 Basic Course and personnel working on BSL-2 protocols must complete the BSL-2 Basic Course AS WELL as the classroom training.

o   Note:  While it is not required, the Committee encourages PIs and key personnel to complete the higher level BSL-2 training as it is a more comprehensive training including all BSL-1 information.  

  • If you have an associated IACUC protocol, you will also be required to complete the new CITI IACUC training
  • Refresher training is now required to be completed every 3 years.  Reminders of this requirement will be forwarded as your training nears expiration.

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