Required Training

IBC Training

1. NMSU Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) training:

Completion of EH&S training is required for researchers, laboratory staff, and student lab assistants listed on an IBC registration form.

Minimum requirements:

  • Employee Safety & Hazard Communication (HazCom)
  • Lab Standard (Initial training at EH&S and annual refresher training)
  • Biosafety Awareness

Additional training requirements, depending on work activities:

  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Animal Worker Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Respirator Safety

The EH&S safety class schedule and registration page can be accessed from

2. IBC Certification: NIH Guidelines

Principal Investigators (PIs), laboratory supervisors and researchers whose research and teaching activities involve recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules are required to complete the CITI online training module, “NIH Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Guidelines”.

Following the link will take you off the NMSU web site to the CITI Program online training web site ( 
Additional CITI program modules are available to supplement your laboratory-specific training program. Suggested courses are:

  • All IBC researchers: Basic Biosafety Training, Biosafety Retraining, Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials  
  • For work with human cell lines and/or human blood products: OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
  • For work with animals: “Working with the IACUC”, and NEW – “Wildlife Research

3. Lab-specific training

The IBC recognizes that a large amount of specialized training is provided by the Principal Investigator or designated laboratory supervisor.  Please maintain records in the laboratory to document the lab orientation or training program through which lab members are informed of the specific hazards for their work.  Examples of training records which should be kept are autoclave use, bloodborne pathogen Exposure Control Plan, and animal care SOPs.