Biosafety Training

Personnel working with biological agents at the University of Manitoba will need to complete Generic Biosafety Training (GBS) This training is designed to meet the requirements outlined in the Canadian Biosafety Standards 2nd Ed. (Chapter 4.3). Site-specific training is also required to be completed with your supervisor to go through the biological hazards specific to your scope of work. 

Any personnel who is new to the university or has out-of-date GBS will need to complete the current version of GBS to be compliant (instructions on how to access biosafety training in UMLearn is below).

As of April 2020, we have launched Biosafety Emergency Response Planning Training. The current version GBS (G20) includes this training in Module 4 and is also offered separately for those who have completed previous versions of GBS (i.e. completed before April 1st 2020)

 **As of April 2020**

All Biosafety Training at the University of Manitoba is completed through UM Learn.

Follow the instructions to access biosafety training
1. Login to UM Learn using your UMNet ID and password.

  • For personnel who are not eligible to claim a UMNetID (i.e. a volunteer, contract worker, visiting academic, or sessional who is engaged or supported by your department but who is not currently a U of  M employee), go to this page and complete the "Individual Sponsored Account" form. We suggest submitting the form at least 2 weeks before the person's start date so that the account is ready to use..
  • For personnel who previously had access with their UMNetID, go to this page and complete the "Individual Sponsored Account" form to reactivate your account for UMLearn.

2. Once logged in: along the top menu, click on “Self Registration”


3. Click on “EHS UManitoba Biosafety Training” or "EHS Biosafety Emergency Response Training"
4. A course description will appear. Click “Register”
5. Enter registration information as required. Click “Submit”.
6. Click “finish” on the Step3: Confirmation window
7. A registration Summary should appear with the option to “Go To course offering EHS Manitoba Biosafety Training” as an option. Click on this to begin your training.

  • The training can be completed at your own pace as UMLearn will save your progress (the course can be accessed at the bottom of the Daylight  home screen under "My Courses").
  • There are 4 modules to complete with 4 quizzes:
    •  80% or higher is required to release the subsequent quiz.
    • 100% on the last, critical questions quiz is required to pass the course. 
  • You have unlimited attempts to receive a passing grade.

To obtain your completion of training certificate: Click on Assessments >Awards. Click on the bio-spider to generate a PDF of the certificate that can be saved or printed.

To review your final grade: Assessments > Grades and User Progress. Scroll to the Quizzes section and you can view your overall score. This final score will be recorded in our database within a week of completion

Departmental and PI training responsibilities:
1. Departments are responsible for ensuring that the WHMIS requirements, including training, are implemented.
2. Permit Holders are additionally responsible for site-specific training. Discussion and template for site-specific training as it relates to biological agents can be found in the 2018 U of M Biosafety Manual and accompanying appendices
3. The Laboratory Safety Checklist for New Lab Personnel  is a tool that Permit holders can use to document site-specific training for their lab personnel.