Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

Training Requirements

Research protocols submitted to the Institutional Biosafety Committee may be subject to training requirements. Examples of training for various research activities:

Animal Use

Use of animals in research requires training as a condition of IACUC protocol approval.


Office of Environmental Health and Safety

  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training: Research involving human blood, body fluids, human pathogens, human cell lines, or human tissues. In rare cases, this may apply to non-human primate tissues.
  • Biosafety Level 2 Practices
  • Biosafety Level 3 Practices and Procedures
  • Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Lentiviral Safety Training

Conflict of Interest Screening/Disclosure

Each individual involved in a protocol submitted to the Institutional Biosafety Committee must have a current Financial Conflict of Interest (eCOI) Disclosure with the Office of Research Compliance.

Occupational Health Program

The IBC requires that all personnel working under BSL-2 or BSL-3 procedures enroll in the Occupational Health Program by completing an initial online questionnaire. This can be done online at This registry will need to be reviewed at least annually. This requirement will be considered complete when the “no changes” button is pressed at the top of the page or the registry questionnaire is updated and the submit button is pressed at the bottom of the page.

Recombinant DNA

All personnel must be aware of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and the applicable sections pertaining to their research.

Principal Investigators and any lab personnel working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids are required to complete the appropriate web-based training course that covers the NIH Guideline Basics. The specific course required (general, plant or human gene transfer) will depend on the type of research that you are conducting.