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Biological Safety

Biological Safety is responsible for providing guidance on practices to minimize health and environmental hazards related to biological agents used in research and teaching within the university community. Programs implementing university policy and recognized best practices have been established to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff; to protect managed and natural ecosystems; and to meet regulatory requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health.  Biological Safety supports the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and the Institutional Review Board as appropriate.  Programs have been established to provide a central registry of potentially hazardous microbial agents and other hazardous biologicals, oversight of recombinant DNA activities, and control exposures to bloodborne pathogens and zoonotic agents of human disease.

National Biosafety Stewardship Inventory Form

Biological Activities Requiring Oversight

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Forms

Animal Rooms Posting Form (Word Document)
Sharps Injury Log
IBC Forms:
     IBC Project Registration of Biohazard / Recombinant DNA Research
     IBC Program Registration of Biohazard / Recombinant DNA Research
     IBC Program Registration of Transgenic Plant Research
     IBC Amendment Form - use to amend existing approved registrations
     Section D - supplement for infectious agent registration

Information Resources and Policies

Bloodborne Pathogen Program
Biological Waste Management Page
Animal Handlers Safety Page and Resources
Animal Handlers Policy
IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee)
Biological Response Guide
Sharps Safety

EH&S Biosafety Services

Autoclave testing
Biosafety consulting
Decontamination Services

Training

Animal Handler Safety Training is required for persons who will work with animals or have significant contact with animals. Hazard awareness topics covered include zoonotic diseases, animal allergies, research hazards, physical injuries and sharps hazards. Other topics are methods to minimize personal risks of injury or disease when working with animals and medical monitoring. Session length is 1ΒΌ hours.A risk assessment questionnaire is distributed and persons who are at risk for rabies exposure will be asked to remain for an additional 15 minutes to cover rabies awareness training. See the Safety Training Calendar for the class schedule and registration information.

Lab Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogen Training is required for personnel work with blood, body fluids, unfixed tissues or cell lines of human origin and for all personnel who work with Risk Group 2 pathogens. The session combines the requirements for Bloodborne Pathogen training with an overview of best practices for working in a biological laboratory at BSL-2. Topics covered include hazard recognition, methods of minimizing risks to personnel, safe work practices, infectious waste and sharps management and what to do in the event of an exposure. Session length is 1.5 hours. See the Safety Training Calendar for scheduling and registration information.

Training for Researchers using Recombinant DNA is required for personnel who work with recombinant DNA.  This training covers the essential requirements for conducting recombinant DNA research detailed in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules.  The training is an online module that is reviewed.  Training is documented when participants complete the accompanying Acknowledgement Form.  The training can be accessed from the main IBC web page.

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