The University of Georgia considers occupational health training to be a key component in preventative healthcare for research personnel.
Training for those working with Human Bloodborne Pathogens
Bloodborne pathogens are defined as unscreened human blood, body fluids, tissues or cells. This definition includes samples from individuals that are presumed healthy. It also includes tissues or cells that are purchased from vendors, which have not been specifically screened for human infectious disease agents.
Online training: UGA Right to Know: Bloodborne Pathogens Training via PEP
Mandatory for those working with Human bloodborne pathogens and recommended for those working with Nonhuman Primate samples. Search for “UGA Right to Know: Bloodborne Pathogens” in PEP.
Bloodborne Pathogen Training must be repeated annually.
Training for those using Respirators
Respirators are vital personal protective equipment but they cannot operate effectively and provide adequate protection with the participant having a thorough understanding of respirator use and maintenance.
For those wearing tight-fitted respirators (e.g. N95, elastomeric respirator):
“Respiratory Protection Training” can be found on PEP.
For those wearing Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR):
Training through the Office of Biosafety at firstname.lastname@example.org