Policy Number: 95

Research Training

Subject:

Mandatory training related to research activities

Scope:

Employees, students, trainees, and visiting scholars

Date Reviewed: October 2013

Responsible Office: Office of Academic and Research Affairs

Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs (EVPARA)

I.     POLICY AND GENERAL STATEMENT

This policy identifies mandatory research training for faculty, staff, students, trainees, and visiting scholars and includes training for:

The training programs described in this policy are not intended to set forth all of the substantive laws and regulations applicable to research. Faculty, staff, students, trainees, and visiting scholars involved in research are required to comply with all laws and regulations pertaining to their research. The Office of Academic and Research Affairs is available to assist upon request.

This policy applies to all individuals performing research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (the “university”) regardless of the sources of funding for the research.

II.     PROCEDURE

A. Research Compliance and Regulatory Issues

The university promotes high ethical and professional standards for the conduct of its research activities and supports adherence to relevant compliance and regulatory requirements and best practices, including research training requirements.  This is achieved through a number of mechanisms including the following. 

B. Effort Reporting

University faculty with effort on sponsored projects and other employees involved in the effort certification process may complete training on effort reporting on the Effort Reporting website

C. Protection of Human Subjects

Individuals conducting research involving human subjects must complete approved training on the protection of human subjects regardless of the funding source for their research. See NIH Guide: Required Education in the Protection of Human Research Participants, NOTICE: 0D-00-039 (June 5, 2001) and NOT-OD-01-061 (September 5, 2001).

Training must be approved by the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS). CPHS maintains a list of approved online and instructor-led courses on its website. The training must be completed prior to the approval of protocols by the CPHS. Re-certification through continuing education is required every three years. 

D. Care and Use of Animals in Research

Animal welfare regulations and Public Health Service policy require institutions to ensure that all people caring for or using animals are qualified/trained to do so. See 9 CFR, Subchapter A, Animal Welfare, Part I (Animal Welfare Act implementing regulations); Public Health Service Policy (PHS Policy) for the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, NCR, 2011. Investigators, technical personnel, trainees and visiting scholars who perform anesthesia, surgery or other experimental manipulations must be qualified through training or experience to accomplish these tasks in a humane and scientifically acceptable manner.

The university provides formal or on-the-job training to facilitate effective implementation of the program and humane care and use of animals. Faculty with approved animal use protocols must assure the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) --- also known as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) --- that personnel will be or are adequately trained. Training must be completed prior to the approval of animal protocols by the AWC.  The university frequently offers the required courses in basic methodologies and aseptic surgical techniques. Individualized training may also be arranged through the university's Center for Laboratory Medicine Animal and Care.  The current course schedule and registration information are available at https://inside.uthouston.edu/animal-research/training/schedule.htm

E. Environmental Health & Safety

1. Potentially Infectious Agents & Potentially Hazardous Chemicals

Individuals working with potentially infectious agents, such as human blood, body fluids, and known infectious agents, and all individuals working with potentially hazardous chemicals, such as toxins, pyrophorics, carcinogens, explosives, and nanoparticles, must receive training in basic hazard communication. This information is provided in the university Laboratory Safety Course and Bloodborne Pathogens Training which is offered at new employee orientation, regularly throughout the academic year, and online. PIs and personnel working in or overseeing a laboratory are required by the Chemical Safety Committee to complete an on-line Annual Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher training. PIs are responsible for verifying that all laboratory personnel have completed the training as required. 

2. Sources of Radiation

Individuals conducting work with sources of radioactive materials must complete a required six (6) hour radiation safety training class. Individuals able to provide documentation of previous equivalent training and experience in the areas covered by this mandatory training may be exempted from completing this course. See the UTHealth Radiation Safety Manual for additional information. Individuals conducting work with radiation-producing devices, such as x-ray machines, must document their review of the Operating and Safety Procedures for the machine use(s) they utilize and any applicable training based on use, and must provide appropriate documentation of credentials for human use.

Individuals working with non-ionizing sources of radiation (such as lasers) are required to receive training in the safe handling of such devices. Individuals may also be exempted from the university training course if previous training documentation is provided that is sufficient to address the content of the university course.

Information on all of these courses can be obtained from the Environmental Health and Safety website. Customized courses for individuals and small groups are also available.

III.     CONTACTS

ContactTelephoneEmail/Web Address
Office of Academic and Research Affairs 713-500-3082

research@uth.tmc.edu

http://www.uthouston.edu/index/research.htm

http://www.uthouston.edu/evpara/investigator-briefing.htm

Office of Sponsored Projects (Effort Reporting) 713-500-3392

effort@uth.tmc.edu

http://www.uthouston.edu/effort-reporting/

Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects 713-500-7943

cphs@uth.tmc.edu 

http://www.uth.edu/cphs/index.htm

Animal Welfare Committee  713-500-3041

http://www.uthouston.edu/animal-research/awc.htm

Environmental Health & Safety 713-500-8100

http://www.uthouston.edu/safety/