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OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Institutional Animal Care and Usage (IACUC)
Institutional Biosafety Training (Institutional Biosafety Committee)
Responsible Conduct of Research
Lab Safety Training
Other Research Training

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training

West Texas A&M University requires all individuals conducting or participating in research projects (including faculty, staff, and students) that involve bloodborne pathogens to complete training. This requirement is met by the successful completion of the online training module from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website.

All individuals engaged in research involving bloodborne pathogens must complete the CITI training modules and quizzes with a minimum score of 80%. Successful completion of the course is required, and the course may be repeated as necessary to achieve the 80% score. At the time of completion, a certificate can be printed by the trainee and must be submitted to the appropriate instructor. Electronic notification is also sent to the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety.

Individuals may exit and resume the training at anytime. Once successfully completed, a refresher course is required every year. At anytime, you may return to the training modules and print a certificate.

Successful completion of the CITI modules is required before initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may occur.

Please follow the steps below to register and begin your training:

  • Link to CITI Training Modules click here.
  • Click New Users Register Here.
  • Select West Texas A&M University as your participating institution
  • Complete the remaining registration form.
  • Select the Learner Group that applies to you.
    • Biomedical Research Investigators
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety at 806.651.2270 or AR-EHS@wtamu.edu.

Institutional Review Board Training for the Protection of Human Subjects and Responsible Conduct in Research

West Texas A&M University requires all individuals conducting or participating in research projects (including faculty, staff, and students) that involve human subjects (or serving on the IRB committee) to complete training for the Protection of Human Subjects. This requirement is met by the successful completion of the online training module from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website.

All individuals engaged in research involving human subjects must complete the CITI training modules and quizzes with a minimum score of 80%. Successful completion of the course is required and the course may be repeated as necessary to achieve the 80% score. At the time of completion, a certificate can be printed by the trainee, and must be submitted with your IRB submission. Electronic notification is also sent to the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety.

Individuals may exit and resume the training at anytime. Once successfully completed, a refresher course is required every three years. At anytime, you may return to the training modules and print a certificate.

Successful completion of the CITI modules is required before submission of the Institutional Review Board Protocol Form for the Protection of Human Subjects. Protocol forms will be reviewed only after the researcher has completed the CITI training.

Please follow the steps below to register and begin your training:

  • Link to CITI Training Modules click here.
  • Click New Users Register Here.
  • Select West Texas A&M University as your participating institution
  • Complete the remaining registration form.
  • Select the Learner Group that applies to you.
    • Biomedical Research Investigators
    • Social and Behavioral Research Investigators
    • Students conducting no more than minimal risk research
    • Research with data or laboratory specimens-ONLY
    • IRB Members (Required for IRB Members/Chair)

Please contact the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety if you have questions at 806.651.2270 or AR-EHS@wtamu.edu.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The federal Animal Welfare Law (administered by the USDA) and regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (including PHS) require training and continuing education of all scientists, research technicians, animal care technicians and others involved with animal care and use. These laws and regulations require that the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), as an agent of West Texas A&M University, determine that personnel wishing to conduct procedures on animals are qualified and trained to do so on the animal species proposed. To fulfill this responsibility, the IACUC requires all personnel involved with animal care and use to complete the appropriate training modules in the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training program.

All individuals engaged in research involving animal care and use (or serving on the IACUC committee) must complete the CITI training modules and quizzes with a minimum score of 80%. Successful completion of the course is required and the course may be repeated as necessary to achieve the 80% score. At the time of completion, a certificate can be printed, and must be included with IACUC submission. Electronic notification is also sent to the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety.

Individuals may exit and resume the training at anytime. New training is required every three years. At anytime, you may return to the training modules and print a certificate.

Successful completion of the CITI modules is required before submission of IACUC application forms. Protocol forms will be reviewed only after the researcher has completed the CITI training.

Please follow the steps below to register and begin your training:

  • Click New Users Register Here.
  • Select West Texas A&M University as your participating institution.
  • Complete the remaining registration form.
  • Select the Learner Group that applies to you. You will be asked if you conduct studies that use lab animals. If yes, you will be required to complete the Basic course and the appropriate species specific modules. If you are an IACUC member (including chair), you will be asked to complete ‘Essentials for IACUC Members.”

Please contact the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety if you have questions at 806.651.2270 or AR-EHS@wtamu.edu.

BioSafety

General biosafety training is required by all individuals conducting research involving Recombinant Research and other biohazardous materials (or serving on the IBC committee). The NIH Guidelines state that it is the responsibility of the Institution "to ensure appropriate training for ... principal investigators and laboratory staff regarding safety and implementation of the NIH Guidelines" (Section IV-B-1-h).

Biohazardous materials are defined as materials of biological origin that have the capacity to produce deleterious effects on humans or animals. These include: recombinant DNA molecules, microorganisms classified in various Risk Groups (RG-1, RG-2, RG-3, or RG-4) and their biological products, specimens known to (or reasonably expected to) contain human pathogens and hazardous microorganisms, and combinations of or waste derived from these.

To fulfill this responsibility, WTAMU requires all personnel involved with biohazardous materials to complete the biosafety training in the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training program.

All individuals engaged in biosafety research must complete the CITI training modules and quizzes with a minimum score of 80%. Successful completion of the course is required and the course may be repeated as necessary to achieve the 80% score. At the time of completion, a certificate can be printed, and must be included with IBC submission. Electronic notification is also sent to the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety. Individuals may exit and resume the training at anytime. New training is required every three years. At anytime, you may return to the training modules and print a certificate.

Successful completion of the CITI modules is required before submission of IBC application forms. Protocol forms will be reviewed only after the researcher has completed the CITI training.

Please follow the steps below to register and begin your training:

  • Click New Users Register Here.
  • Select West Texas A&M University as your participating institution.
  • Complete the remaining registration form. Select the biosafety course.

Please contact the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety if you have questions at 806.651.2270 or AR-EHS@wtamu.edu.

 

Responsible Conduct of Research

The America COMPETES Act, signed into law in 2007, mandates training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (Section 7009). Both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have published regulations implementing this requirement (see excerpts below).

In order to meet these requirements, West Texas A&M University utilizes the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide training. New researchers should discuss this training requirement with their research supervisors before proceeding. All students awarded and accepting internal grants or research support funding from WTAMU (including Killgore Research Grants and President’s Summer Undergraduate Research Grants) must also complete responsible conduct of research training.

Please follow the steps below to register and begin your training:

  • Click New Users Register Here.
  • Select West Texas A&M University as your participating institution.
  • Complete the remaining registration form.
  • Select the Learner Group that applies to you. You may choose from the following discipline-specific courses:
• Biomedical Research
• Social and Behavioral Research
• Physical Science
• Humanities
• Engineering

Review of the required materials and completion of the quizzes will take about 30-35 minutes per topic. You do not have to complete the course all in one session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the RCR course.

NSF Guidelines

According to the National Science Foundation’s “Grant General Conditions,” effective January 4, 2010, Section 18: Responsible Conduct of Research states:

Article 18 applies to new proposals submitted or due on or after January 4, 2010. In accordance with Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o–1) NSF requires that grantees must have a plan in place to provide appropriate training and oversight in
the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. Training plans are subject to review, upon request. Grantees must designate one or more persons to oversee compliance with the RCR training requirement. Grantees are responsible for verifying that undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have received training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research, in accordance with the plan the grantee has put in place for their organization. Grantees shall ensure that these RCR requirements flow down to all sub-recipients, or are otherwise appropriately addressed in the sub-award instrument.

NIH Guidelines

The National Institutes of Health has a similar policy.

This policy states:

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. This policy will take effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011. This Notice applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R. This policy also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements.

Lab Safety Training

All WTAMU employees and students who are involved in WTAMU laboratory research must complete laboratory safety training.

WTAMU employees (including research assistants) must complete the Hazard Communication and Laboratory Safety training on Train Traq. Please go to HRConnect at https://sso.tamus.edu/ to complete this training.

WTAMU students must complete the Student Laboratory Safety Training. This training will be assigned to all applicable courses through WTClass.

Documentation of both trainings will be pulled from Train Traq and WTClass and kept in the AR-EHS Office. Much appreciation to Dr. Gary Barbee and the many faculty who have helped create and refine both training modules.

Please contact the Office of Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety if you have questions at 806.651.2270 or AR-EHS@wtamu.edu.

Other Research Training

In accordance with Texas A&M System Regulation 33.05.02 , all Texas A&M employees are required to take select training courses.

Employees and students may also be required to take additional training based on their research or job responsibilities. Please contact Chandini Revanna, Director, Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety at 806.651.2270 or crevanna@wtamu.edu for further information or email the AR-EHS office at AR-EHS@wtamu.edu.

 

 

 

 

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