Training Catalog

USC employees are required to take one or more safety training courses depending on the type of work they perform. Review the resources below to determine specific safety training needs.

  1. Consult the USC Safety Training Matrix for Research Personnel Guide Sheet to determine what safety courses are needed.
    • EH&S safety courses are listed in the table below with a brief description.
  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.

NOTE: Scheduled sessions may be cancelled, combined, or rescheduled as needed.


Safety Course Resource(s) Description
Annual Safety Refresher (ASR) ASR must be provided to research staff by the Principal Investigator (PI) or designee.
Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) 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 BBP Refresher may be completed:

  • In-house by PI as part of the Annual Safety Refresher. Use the checklist as a guide. OR,
  • Online via BBP Online Refresher Training.

Controlled Substances (CST) All controlled substance (Sch I-V) users at USC are required to complete the online Controlled Substances Training on Trojan Learn.
General Lab Safety (GLS) The course covers hazardous materials, lab hazards, engineering and administrative controls, personal protective equipment, and hazardous waste management. Anyone working in USC laboratories must attend.

  • High school students must complete the course and provide a signed Parent Consent Form to their USC research advisors prior to working in USC laboratories.
Laser Safety (LAS) The course covers laser classification, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE). All laser operators are required to attend.
Principles of Biosafety (BIO) 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 (RAD) The course covers radioactive materials (RAM), radiation sources, and radiation-producing devices, safe work practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and radioactive waste management. Anyone working with or has the potential to be exposed to radiation, radioactive materials, or radiation-producing devices must attend.
Shipment of Biological Materials and/or Dry Ice (BHS) Learn steps for proper shipping of bio samples.
Viral Vector Training (VVT) This course is designed to teach researchers the safety concerns surrounding the use of viral vectors.
X-ray Irradiator (IRR) This course covers basic irradiator safety (safety video) and operation (in-person instruction).