Biosafety Training – Webnet and CITI

General Information

Biosafety training is required for all principal investigators, research staff, and lab instructors involved in research or teaching in their laboratories to ensure each person understands specific hazards associated with work in the lab and know how to protect themselves from such hazards in the areas specific to the research.

All research lab and teaching lab personnel must complete the below highlighted modules before the IBC provides approval. UMBC uses two sources of training, on two different training sites. Follow instructions below.  For more information, general UMBC safety information can be found on the UMBC Biosafety Page.  UMBC may accept evidence of training (e.g. certificate of completion) from another institution. Please forward these documents to for review.
 Questions or issues regarding training? Click this link: Research compliance feedback and reporting research concerns.
WEBNET Biosafety Training

First step:

Contact the Office of Research Protections and Compliance ( requesting access to Webnet. Please provide your full name and email. The ORPC will respond to your registration request with your login information within one (1) business day. Your login information will include:
Company ID = umbcecs
User name = first initial + last name
Password = safety

Second step:

  • Go to:
  • Login using the information ORPC will send you
  • After logging in – Click “Start Training” at top of screen.
  • Click “Training Topics”
  • Scroll through the list of topics and select each one of the below (and be sure to turn on your computer speakers):
UMBC Laboratory Safety
Hazard Communication Part 1
Hazard Communication Part 2
Bloodborne Pathogens
  • The ORPC will be electronically notified of your training completion. Your instructor/supervisor, though, may require evidence of training completion. Contact the ORPC for details. 


CITI Program Biosafety Training
  • Click on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Single Sign On (SSO) login link on the CITI Program’s website. You must use your myUMBC login credentials to access the training modules in CITI. Click here for more information.
  • Persons with a current CITI login will be directed to their current CITI course list.
  • If you do not have a current CITI login, you will see this screen. Click on the appropriate link and follow the below instructions
  • Click on Register link in top right.
  • Set up an account for yourself – in “Select Your Organization Affiliation” section, make sure to select “University of Maryland, Baltimore County” by typing it in box. Then follow the rest of the instructions to create your account.
  • When asked “Which courses do you plan to take”…
  • Scroll to “Question #6” and under “Biosafety/Biosecurity Course” and choose both of the below:
 NIH Recombinant DNA Guidelines
OSHA Personal Protective Equipment training
  • Once courses selected, click “Submit”
  • Then complete the courses
  • The ORPC will be electronically notified of your training completion. Your instructor/supervisor, though, may require evidence of training completion. Contact the ORPC for details. 

Additional Training Opportunities

The American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) offers resources to meet specific training needs of persons working with hazardous materials or situations. One example includes a training video or Working Safely with Animals in a BSL1 facility.

Personnel who are responsible for receiving and unpacking biohazadous agents, recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, or select agents or toxins MUST become knowledgeable regarding the risks related to the agent they are receiving, storage and handling requirements for the agent, and packaging requirements in case of receipt of damaged packages. UMBC’s subscription to CITI provides a Receiving Training/Education module personnel should complete prior to receiving any biohazardous materials. Using the instructions for the CITI login above, add the Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials module to your courses and become informed.

UMBC’s Office of Research Protections and Compliance provides a wide variety of training.  ORPC has presented to departments, labs and administrative groups on campus.  We would be more than happy to meet with you or your unit. Please feel free to contact us at

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