Biological Safety

The purpose of this Biological Safety Manual is to serve as a resource for researchers and staff as well as to support and encourage their activities in a manner that:

  • Protects all personnel and visitors from laboratory-acquired infections
  • Maintains the security and integrity of specimens and other research materials
  • Provides environmental protection to minimize risks to those outside the laboratory and beyond the confines of the campus
  • Ensures compliance with existing Federal, State, and local health, safety, and environmental regulations and guidelines

This document covers general biosafety information. When additional activity- or agent-specific information is required, the EH&S Office will assist investigators in developing and implementing appropriate practices to minimize the risk of laboratory infection or environmental contamination. When indicated, the expertise of the Institutional Biosafety Committee or other resources may be called upon for additional input. Principal Investigators (PI) are responsible for seeking out these and other resources. They must also ensure that all personnel under their supervision are appropriately trained, informed of applicable regulations and guidelines and that they are capable, based on academic background and hands-on experience, of working within these regulations and guidelines.

One of the primary methods of protecting personnel, product and the environment is using the biosafety cabinet (BSC). All employees, visitors and students must be familiar and knowledgeable about operating a biosafety cabinet safely and to ensure appropriate containment of biological materials.