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 and must include specific safety topics.
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:
(a) In-house by PI as part of the Annual Safety Refresher. Use the checklist as a guide. OR
(b) via The Bloodborne Pathogen and Aerosol Transmitted Disease Online Training as assigned by the PI.
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.

GLS Meet & Greet The GLS Meet and Greet is a workshop that:

  • Introduces new USC researchers to EH&S Research Safety staff.
  • Promotes the exchange of safety information, anecdotes, or experiences between colleagues.
  • Connects researchers with EH&S staff to assist in addressing questions or concerns.

GLS participants who complete the initial General Lab Safety Training (online or Zoom) must attend a Meet and Greet session. This is a one-time requirement.

Laser Safety (LAS) The course covers laser classification, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE). All laser operators are required to attend.
Principal Investigator Safety Management Training Although this training is for anyone, if you are a PI and manage an area or lab that has chemicals, biologicals, radioactive materials or equipment, controlled substances, animals, or any other hazardous materials or hazardous equipment, you are required to complete this one-time training. The training will:

  • Articulate your safety responsibilities as a Principal Investigator
  • Help you create and implement a healthy and safe working environment
  • Advise on best safety practices and procedures

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. Participants are required to renew their training every two years.
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).