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For the fourth consecutive year, the National Institutes of Health has designated October as National Biosafety Month. This year’s theme is promoting biosafety through good governance. During the month of October, institutions are encouraged to highlight the importance of biosafety and to undertake activities to strengthen their biosafety programs. To celebrate this year, the IBC Administrative Staff and EH&S Biosafety Office will be promoting a new activity each week of October. Week 1 starts now!

Principal Investigators, Laboratory Managers and individuals working with biological materials are encouraged to complete the following online training:

Basic Biosafety On-Demand Module
Basic Biosafety is an on-demand module designed to provide guidance on the basic principles and practices of biological safety for biosafety professionals, biosafety officers, and other professionals involved in workplace safety in laboratories and facilities throughout the world. The module is free of charge, approximately 47 minutes long, and contains 5 sections:

  • Defining the Biosafety Profession
  • Basic Risk Assessment
  • Hazard Control
  • Introduction to Chemical Decontamination
  • Biosafety Resources

Basic Biosafety will provide basic direction to laboratorians on how to work more safely with biological hazards. This module will include available resources, additional training opportunities, and contacts relevant to the field of biosafety for those located in laboratories and facilities around the globe.

The link to the module is located at

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements and opportunities to partake in National Biosafety Month!

UCLA Institutional Biosafety Committee
IBC Help Line: (310) 794-0262

EH&S Biosafety Office
Biosafety Line: (310) 206-3929