University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance

Educational Requirements

The Biosafety Program and IBC are committed to providing training sessions to faculty, support personnel, and students that are currently engaged or will be active participants in biomaterials research, testing, or instructional activities and emerging technologies that depend and utilize biomaterials.

In-class training is suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. See Required Classroom Training Sessions below. All Biosafety Program related training is now provided on-line until further notice.

Biosafety Education Coordinator

Contact the Biosafety Education Coordinator for questions regarding the training sessions offered.

Steven Case, MSPH, RSP
Biosafety Coordinator
Office (808) 956-8009
Cellular (808) 285-7545


Pursuant to federal regulations and laws originating from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA); Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines, etc.; industry expectations and guidance on best biosafety practices; and institutional biosafety policies and procedures, the Biosafety Program meets the Bloodborne Pathogens educational requirement by to allowing for an opportunity for interactive questions and answers with the person conducting the training session. Initial and Refresher Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogens training are now both offered online and administered through Bioraft.

For an IBC registration application to be considered for approval, basic educational requirements must be satisfied for all proposed activities that are detailed in the registration form. Failure to satisfy the educational requirements will prevent the IBC from approving the proposal.

Training Records or Certificates of Completion

Study or Instruction personnel training records or Certificates of Completion are evaluated routinely by the Biosafety Officer and IBC members during annual biosafety inspections of facilities, laboratories, and study sites.  Training records are maintained by the Biosafety Program for a period of three years.  Failure to satisfactorily meet the minimal educational requirements will disallow personnel from engaging in the biomaterials activities in which they are working and entering the study area or laboratory until they satisfy all educational requirements.

Required On-line Training Course

The Biosafety Program offers the ORC 101 – Initial General Biosafety, *ORC 102 – Initial Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and Safe Sharps Use, and **ORC 103 – Transportation of Biological Substances courses on-line through the Bioraft educational management system (managed by JABSOM). A UH ID is required for enrollment.

Contact to begin registration for training.

*The ORC 102 – Initial Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and Safe Sharps Use course must be taken during the normal working hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Please direct any questions or concerns during the days and hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to Steve Case at or (808) 956-8009/285-7545*

**The ORC 103 – Transportation of Biological Substances course is not required of everyone working in a lab using biologicals. Only those lab personnel responsible for the actual shipping and/or receiving biologicals must take the course.

Required Refresher Training Timelines

Effective September 2021, the Biosafety Program and the IBC requires that personnel on approved IBC registrations or personnel engaged in conducting research, testing, or instruction with biomaterials successfully complete the on-line refresher courses applying these timelines. The on-line refresher training courses are administered through Bioraft.

  • General Biosafety refresher is required to be completed annually.
  • Transportation of Biological Substances refresher is required to be completed annually.
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and Safe Sharps Use refresher is required to be completed annually.
Additional Training

Protocol-Specific Biosafety Training: Contact
*Training is specific for IBC registration, required only once

*ABSL2 Training (ABSA)
*ABSL3 Training (ABSA)
*Biological Toxin Safety
*BSL3 Training (ABSA)
  Category A Infectious Materials Shipping
*Dual Use of Research Concern (DURC) Training
*Recombinant Plant Safety
*Understanding the Use of a Biosafety Cabinet
*Gene Drive Biosafety

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

World Health Organization Biosafety Video Series – Biosafety Cabinets