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.

Required Safety Training:

Basic Regulatory Safety Training   Please follow the Instructions below to access the training. After reading the safety training (pdf) you need to complete a short multiple-choice quiz. 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.  Please see Karen Racz, in the Biology Main Office, Rm. 328, to pick up your key. You will need $10.00 cash for the key deposit.

  • Instructions

  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 credentials.

  3. On the following page, look for and click the blue “Enroll Me" button. It's towards the bottom.

  4. You will come to the quiz page, download the safety training, and click the proceed to the quiz button!

  •    Feel free to save the safety training pdf for future reference.

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!******

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 animals) or 

  •  Neuroscience and Biology, animal research, Responsible Conduct of Research (Neuroscience, Biology research with 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.


Thank you and have a safe day!

Maureen Manning

Biology Safety  & RCR/CITI Coordinator