Institutional Biosafety Committee

Dr. Michael G. Schmidt, Chair

Dr. Lisa L. Steed, Biosafety Officer

Dr. Cynthia Karr


Welcome to the MUSC Institutional Biosafety Committee's online training website. Until such time as we can integrate this content into the University CATTs system this site will serve as an informal training resource for Principal Investigators and their laboratories. Completion of this training is voluntary. However, it is hoped that the PIs of the campus as well as all of the members of their laboratories work through the modules and discuss the content of each module from the perspective of the work going on in their individual labs. The modules were designed to help the PIs and their teams conduct a thorough risk assessment of their science from perspective of the requirements and regulations OSHA, NIH and DHEC place on the institution.

There are eight training modules. In the near future their will be short quizzes that will accompany each learning module in order to help the user gage their proficiency and to guide the discussion of biosafety with respect to the science conducted in their lab. Again, completion of the training is voluntary but encouraged. Suggestions and comments are always welcomed. Upon completion the user will have realized the following learning objectives.

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of the PI with respect to Biosafety and Animals

  2. Understand the underlying principles of biosafety as they relate to conducting safe and effective science requiring the use of biohazardous materials on campus

  3. Be able to locate resources that will facilitate the determination of the relative biosafety risk associated with a planned experiment

  4. Recognize the significance and need for conducting experiments at different biosafety containment levels

  5. Understand the differences between BSL1 and BSL2

  6. Recognize the role each piece of Personal Protective Equipment plays in safeguarding the health and welfare of the laboratorian and community

  7. Be familiar with the proper use of Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC)

  8. Recognize the inherent risk with using centrifuges in the laboratory with a special emphasis on risks associated with infectious agents

  9. Understand the significance of good laboratory housekeeping

  10. Be able to clean up a minor biological spill within a BSC

  11. Understand what is required during the bi-annual Laboratory Biological Safety Inspection

  12. Understand the signficance of working with biohazardous Materials specifically the role of the PI in informing the laboratorian of potential hazards in the workplace as well as the personal responsibility required of each employee and student

 


To access the modules simply click on the links below. A new window will open for each module. In order for the modules to function on your computer it should have Quicktime 7 loaded and a way to project sound. If you don't have Quicktime 7 loaded, simply go to Apple.com and download and install the free software. We selected Quicktime as the default video format as it delivers high quality images and enables you to quickly rewind and/or pause the content should you wish to review a particular section of the material. We hope you find the sessions useful. Should you care for a complete set of the slides simply click on designated link and a pdf of the complete modules will be downloaded to your machine. 


Introduction to Biosafety Training at MUSC 3 minutes

Unit 1: The role and responsibilities of the PI with respect to Biosafety and Animals at MUSC. 6 minutes

Unit 2: Principles of Biosafety as they relate to the safe conduct of science requiring the use of biohazardous materials at MUSC. 16 minutes

Unit 3: How to determine the relative biosafety risk associated with a planned experiment. 17 minutes

Unit 4: Specific Requirements for Biosafety Levels 1 to 3: PPE, Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) and the risks associated with centrifugation. 37 minutes

Unit 5: Biohazardous Spills 7 minutes

Unit 6: Requirements for the Bi-Annual Inspection 10 minutes

Unit 7: Working with Biohazardous Materials: The role of the PI in informing the laboratorian of potential hazards in the workplace 13 minutes


PDF copy of the slides used in the modules (17.9 M)

Powerpoint copy of the slides used in the modules (8.4M)


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