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Biosafety 101: Getting Started (Click for Biosafety Flyer)

Before jumping into your research at UH Mānoa, there are a few things you should know about required trainings and procedures. The following sections will guide you through what you need to do to get started.

If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us.


The following online trainings are required and include a quiz which you must pass in order to conduct research at UH.

  • General Biosafety Training
    UH policies regarding biological safety, principals of safe lab practices, appropriate storage, transport and disposal, and decontamination of biological substances. UH researchers and laboratory staff working with biological commodities are required to complete an initial training, as well as an annual refresher.
  • Transportation of Biological Commodities
    Classification, Packaging, Marking, Labeling and Documentation requirements for proper shipping of biological commodities. Training is required for anyone who transports, ships, or receives infectious and biological substances. Recertification is required every two years.
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Standards and Sharps Hazard Prevention
    Bloodborne pathogens training is required when there is an occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Importing Biological Materials

Committees to Register With

You may be required to register with one or more of the following committees, depending on the type of research you conduct.

Biosafety Inspections

Biosafety inspections are typically conducted once a year, along with occasional unscheduled inspections from State and Federal agencies. Click here for information on what these inspections involve and how to keep your lab prepared for when the inspections occur.

Biosafety Flyer





Contact Us

Office of Research
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Biosafety Compliance Program
1960 East-West Road, Biomed T110
Honolulu, HI 96822