Training Catalog

Depending on the type of work you perform, you may need to take more than one training course.  Please review the resources below to determine your specific training needs.

  1. Consult the USC Safety Training Matrix for Research Personnel Fact Sheet to determine what safety courses are needed.
  2. Visit the Research Training Finder to determine if additional courses are required (e.g., Office of Compliance, Office of Research, or Contracts and Grants). Pinpoint courses rapidly by clicking on filters in the left-hand menu.
  3. Review the Training Catalog for more details on the courses we offer.

Training Catalog

Please be advised that scheduled sessions may be cancelled, combined or rescheduled as needed.

Annual Safety Refresher (ASR)

Duration: Varied
ASR must be provided to research staff by the Principal Investigator (PI) or designee (see Annual Safety Refresher Training Memo). The PI may elect to have research staff complete online courses or re-enroll in EH&S in-person classes. All sign-in sheets must be submitted to Lab Safety.

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

Duration: One hour
Anyone working with or has the potential to be exposed to human or non-human primate blood, blood products, cell lines, bodily fluids, or other potentially infectious materials must attend.

Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher

Duration: Varied
BBP Refresher can be completed in-house by the PI as part of the Annual Safety Refresher, or completed online via CITI.  View page 2 of the Annual Safety Refresher Training Memo for instructions.

Controlled Substances (CST)

Duration: One hour
This training is required for all controlled substance (Sch I-V) users at USC.

General Lab Safety (GLS)

Duration: Three hours
USC faculty, staff, students, and affiliates who work in USC laboratories must take this course. Attendees will receive full credit with attendance and completion of assignments.  High school students must have the USC Parent Consent Form completed, signed, and returned to their USC research advisors prior to working in USC laboratories.

Laser Safety (LAS)

Duration: One hour
Required for all laser operators.

Principles of Biosafety (BIO)

Duration: One hour
This course covers safe practices for handling and containment of biological materials including human blood, human pathogens, recombinant DNA, and biological toxins. It is ONLY available at HSC.

Radiation Safety (RAM)

Duration: Two hours
Anyone working with or has the potential to be exposed to radiation or radioactive materials must attend.

Respiratory Protection

Duration: One hour
Use of the respirator requires occupational health monitoring. General training and fit-testing on use of the respirator will be provided. Attendees must bring respirators they will use.

Shipment of Biological Materials and/or Dry Ice (BHS)

Duration: Two hours
Learn steps for proper shipping of bio samples.

Viral Vector Training (VVT)

Duration: One hour
This course is designed to teach researchers the safety concerns surrounding the use of viral vectors.

X-ray Diffraction Safety (XRD)

Duration: One hour
Hands-on safety at x-ray diffraction instrument.

X-ray Irradiator (IRR)

Duration: One hour
Safety video + in-person instruction at irradiator.