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Laboratory Worker Biosafety Primer

Laboratory Worker Biosafety Primer introduces the biosafety guidelines that keep workers, the environment, and the public safe. It uses the World Health Organization (WHO) process and framework to explain how to identify and assess infectious agent risk, so this content is appropriate for science workspaces worldwide. This class focuses on the hierarchy of controls, including the elimination/substitution of dangerous protocols and equipment, engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Proper laboratory design is also crucial in ensuring containment and control measures are in place, so a bonus section on facility design is included. The Laboratory Worker Biosafety Primer is a need-to-have course for all who work in a science space- register today and stay safe!

Section 1: Infectious Agent Identification

Learn about biosafety guidelines, infectious agents, risk levels, and disease-causing organisms to enhance your understanding about infectious agent identification.

Section 2: Risk Assessment of Infectious Agents

Gain insights into risk factor considerations, assessment tools, infectious agent risk groups, facility assessment levels, and human risk assessment following the WHO process. 

Section 3: Engineering Controls

Explore the five levels of hierarchy of controls, including elimination, substitution, engineering control, administrative control, and personal protective equipment (PPE), along with laboratory design principles.

Section 4: Administrative Controls

Learn about the essentials of occupational health programs, emergency response procedures, laboratory biosecurity, and training, along with job rotations, sanitary requirements, and risk control measures. Understand primary biosafety regulations, both in the US and internationally, and gain access to regulatory agency reference lists.

Section 5: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Discover the importance of selecting appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) based on hazard assessments. Explore commonly used and specialized PPE options, and learn how to differentiate between low-risk and high-risk situations

Five Takeaways


  1. Explain the WHO risk assessment frameworks and processes for identifying and assessing infectious agents.
  2. Discuss ways to lower exposure to infectious biological agents through engineering controls.
  3. State the administrative controls used in lab safety regulations and the role each plays.
  4. Identify the most common personal protective equipment (PPE) and explain the rationale for each.
  5. Provide examples of facility design elements that protect workers, the environment, and the public from accidental exposure or unintentional release of infectious biological agents and toxins.


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  • How long do I have to complete an on-demand course?  You have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course. During that year, you may watch the class an unlimited number of times.
  • What happens if I don’t complete the course in one year?  There are no time extensions. If you want to complete the course, you must purchase it again.
  • How long are the on-demand classes?  Our longest course has a running time of 90 minutes. However, most have a running time of 45 minutes.  The running time is listed for each class on its registration page. The assessment at the end of each course takes between 10-20 minutes to complete.
  • Are there any downloadable class materials? No. All course slides and transcripts remain on your Biotech Primer dashboard, but they are always available for review.
  • What is the format of the on-demand classes?  The online class begins with the class objectives and the course itself and ends with a summary of what you learned. The course is a series of images and text accompanied by a professional voice-over and subtitles. Subtitles are available in 9 languages. The course ends with a quiz to assess your understanding.
  • Can I repeat the course?  You can repeat the course as often as you like within your one-year access.
  • How many times can I take the course quiz?  You have three chances to pass the quiz. A passing score is 75% or higher. You must pass the quiz to receive the class certificate. Your quiz score will be shown on your class certificate.
  • May I share a course I purchased with others?  Each course is to be taken by one individual. If you want to learn as a group, please contact us at for group pricing.

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