IBC Training

1. NMSU Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHS&RM) training:

Safety training is required for researchers, laboratory staff, and student lab assistants listed on an IBC registration form.

Minimum safety training requirements:

  • Employee Safety (online) if not already taken during initial onboarding training
  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety - Online (Initial and annual refresher)
  • Fundamental of BioSafety - Online

Additional training requirements, depending on work activities:

  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Animal Worker Safety
  • Fundamentals of Radiation Safety - Online
  • Radiation Safety
  • Respirator Safety
  • Defensive Driving

Visit the EHS&RM webpage for the schedule of monthly training classes and registration.


2. IBC Certification: NIH Guidelines

Principal Investigators (PIs), laboratory supervisors and researchers whose research and teaching activities involve recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules have access to a supplemental online training through the CITI Program module, “NIH Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Guidelines”.

Following the link will take you off the NMSU web site to the CITI Program online training web site.
Additional CITI program modules are available to supplement your laboratory-specific training program.

Other recommended courses are:

  • All IBC researchers: Basic Biosafety Training, Biosafety Retraining, Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials
  • For work with human cell lines and/or human blood products: OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
  • For work with animals: “Working with the IACUC”; “Animal Biosafety”; “Wildlife”; “Cattle”

For assistance with CITI Program access, contact Research Administration by phone 646-7177 or email to ric_admin@nmsu.edu


3. Lab-specific training

The IBC recognizes that a large amount of specialized training is provided by the Principal Investigator or designated laboratory supervisor.  Please maintain records in the laboratory to document the lab orientation or training program through which lab members are informed of the specific hazards for their work.  Examples of training records which should be kept are autoclave use, bloodborne pathogen Exposure Control Plan, and animal care standard operating procedures.