Biology Safety and Ethics Training

 Welcome to research in the Biology Department!

  • All faculty, staff, laboratory TAs, and students working in a laboratory are required to take annual regulatory safety training. For your convenience, this training is now available online via Moodle.

  • All Biology staff, students, post-baccalaureate fellows, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows conducting research must also complete ethics training before beginning their research.

1. Required Safety Training:

Basic Regulatory Safety Training   Please follow the Instructions below to access the training. After reading the safety training you need to complete a short multiple-choice quiz. The safety training is the same general training everyone in the science center completes but the quiz is specific to the Biology Department. Once your quiz is submitted both Karen Racz, the Biology Academic Departmental Coordinator, and I will receive notification that you have completed the safety training. You will need to complete the safety training before key card access is issued.



  1. Click the "Proceed to Biology Safety Training" link below.

  2. This will bring you to the Moodle home page. Log in with your Amherst College credentials. If this is your first time taking safety training in Moodle, you will need to click the "Enroll me" button.

  3. Click on the "Proceed to Training" button.

  4. Click the View Laboratory Safety Training PowerPoint link. The training will open in a new tab. Feel free save the training for future reference.

  5. Please view the entire General Safety PowerPoint training and read the Safety FAQs, see menu to left. Many of these FAQs are specific to the Biology Department.
  6. Please complete the quiz! To access the quiz, click on the "Next page" button in the original tab.

Proceed to Biology Safety Training

                         Please speak to your Lab Supervisor regarding safety precautions specific to your lab. 

                                            *****Always ask when you are the least bit unsure!******

2. Required Ethics Training:

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is an overarching philosophy for every aspect of the College's research and scholarly activity.  Its goal is to create and maintain a research environment that conforms to the highest ethical principles, fosters intellectual honesty and integrity, and encourages scientific advances of the highest quality.

Some important shared values for the responsible conduct of research that bind all researchers together include: honesty conveying information truthfully and honoring commitments; accuracy reporting findings precisely and taking care to avoid errors; efficiency— using resources wisely and avoiding waste; and objectivity— letting the facts speak for themselves and avoiding improper bias.

All Biology students, post-baccalaureate fellows, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows conducting research must complete the training before beginning their research.

Please go to to access the training. Complete the training specific to your research:

  • Life Sciences Responsible Conduct of Research (Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics research that does not involve vertebrate animals) or 

  •  Neuroscience and Biology, animal research, Responsible Conduct of Research (Neuroscience, Biology research with vertebrate animals)

Once you have completed the training, you will receive an email from CITI with a CITI Program Completion Record. I will be copied on this email for my record keeping. Please retain a copy of your CITI Completion Record as your faculty mentor may request it.

Click here for registration instructions.

Click here for more information on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) at Amherst College.


Thank you and have a safe day!

Maureen Manning

Biology Safety  & RCR/CITI Coordinator