Training of research personnel is required in order to comply with the standards and guidelines of some or all of the following entities based on the type and nature of the research.
- Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)
- Medical Research Center, Hamad Medical Corporation (MRC/HMC)
- Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Additional training may be required by other compliance entities as appropriate to the research. All requisite training must be completed before research activities can begin.
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Online training is available and is required for investigators and research staff involved in research including human subjects, animals and biohazards. Relevant CITI training certifications must be completed before research begins.
Environmental Health & Safety Training (EHS)
The following trainings are administered by EHS and are based on the Research Risk Assessment Checklist submitted for the proposed research.
All trainings must be completed at the time of initial assignment where exposure exists, and usually needs to be renewed annually unless otherwise indicated.
Trainings may include any of the following:
- Laboratory Safety Training
All research personnel working in WCM-Q laboratories are required to complete safety training prior to the initiation of any laboratory work in compliance with OSHA Laboratory Safety Standard (1910.1450). The training covers procedures for general lab safety, emergencies, hazardous waste disposal, and accident awareness and prevention.
- Biological Safety Training
Research personnel handling biological hazards in Risk Category 2 and above must complete Biological Safety Training to help ensure compliance with NIH guidelines.
Research personnel conducting rDNA research not exempt from NIH guidelines** must also complete Biological Safety Training to help ensure compliance with NIH guidelines.
** This applies to research supported by NIH funds, research that receives any support for rDNA research from NIH, research that involves testing in humans of rDNA materials developed with NIH funds, or if the institution that developed these rDNA materials sponsors or participates in the research
- Bloodborne Pathogen Training
Research personnel handling clinical samples (e.g., blood and unfixed tissue) must take bloodborne Pathogen Training in compliance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (1910.1030).
- Radiation Safety Training
Research personnel handling radioisotopes must complete Radiation Safety Training per Qatar Ministry of Environment and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations.
Other trainings may apply to researchers working with specific materials or funding sources.