University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance

Educational Requirements

The Biosafety Program and IBC are committed to providing training sessions to faculty, support personnel, and students that are currently engaged or will be active participants in biomaterials research, testing, or instructional activities and emerging technologies that depend and utilize biomaterials.

In-class training is suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. See Required Classroom Training Sessions below. All Biosafety Program related training is now provided on-line until further notice.

Biosafety Education Coordinator

Contact the Biosafety Education Coordinator for questions regarding the training sessions offered.

Steven Case, MSPH, RSP
Biosafety Coordinator
Office (808) 956-8009
Cellular (808) 285-7545


Pursuant to federal regulations and laws originating from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA); Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines, etc.; industry expectations and guidance on best biosafety practices; and institutional biosafety policies and procedures, the Biosafety Program meets the educational requirement by encouraging mandatory participation in conducting initial person-to-person classroom training, followed by refresher training administered on-line.

Keep in mind for an IBC registration form application to be considered for approval, basic educational requirements must be satisfied for all proposed activities that are detailed in the registration form.  Failure to satisfy the educational requirements will prevent the IBC from approving the commencement of the proposal or permitting the continuance of the activity.

Training Records or Certificates of Completion

Study or Instruction personnel training records or Certificates of Completion are evaluated routinely by the Biosafety Officer and IBC members during annual biosafety inspections of facilities, laboratories, and study sites.  Training records are maintained by the Biosafety Program for a period of three years.  Failure to satisfactorily meet the minimal educational requirements will disallow personnel from engaging in the biomaterials activities in which they are working and entering the study area or laboratory until they satisfy all educational requirements.

Required Classroom Training Sessions

The Biosafety Program offers two mandatory classroom person-to-person training.  Both training sessions are offered at least once per month at various campus locations throughout the calendar year.

  • ORC 101 – Initial General Biosafety
  • ORC 102 – Initial Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and Safe Sharps Use

Instructions for Attending Scheduled Training Sessions

Since person-to-person classes have been suspended at UH, both “Initial Biosafety Classroom Trainings,” sessions for Initial Biosafety and Initial Bloodborne Pathogens have been put online until after the COVID-19 suspension, and things have returned to some form of normalcy.

To register, email to be added to the online training courses. In your request, include the following information:

  • Name
  • Lab
  • PI’s name
  • your status, i.e. student, grad student, post doc etc.

A notification will be sent from Laulima confirming registration, allowing you to complete the required initial training so you may begin work with biologicals in UH laboratories.

Required On-line Training Course

The Biosafety Program offers the ORC 103 – Transportation of Biological Substances course on-line through the Laulima educational management system. A UH ID is required.

If you have a UH ID
Go to ORC 103 – Transportation of Biological Substances to register and complete this course.

If you do not have a UH ID
Contact the Biosafety Education Coordinator for assistance to enable you to register for this course.

Required Refresher Training Timelines

Effective January 2020, the Biosafety Program and the IBC requires that personnel on approved IBC registrations or personnel engaged in conducting research, testing, or instruction with biomaterials successfully complete the on-line refresher courses applying these timelines.  The on-line refresher training courses are administered through Laulima.

  • General Biosafety refresher is required to be completed every 3 years.
  • Transportation of Biological Substances refresher is required to be completed every 2 years.
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and Safe Sharps Use refresher is required to be completed annually.