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Biosafety Overview

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Promoting safe laboratory practices, procedures, and proper use of containment equipment by laboratory workers to prevent occupational exposures to infectious materials or release of organisms to the environment. 

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Umbrella/Piggy Back or Broad Scope Protocols
Last fall, the Institutional Biosafety Committee endorsed the concept of each investigator submitting an application to cover their use of any biologicals, including use of human cells, specific to their research.  This endorsement eliminates the use of umbrella protocols.  Such broad applications are not in keeping with the spirit or intent of the NIH Guidelines for use of Recombinant DNA.  If you have questions as to whether your application might be categorized as a broad or umbrella application, please contact Bernie Menuey at 6-6440 or Eric Steelman at 6-4254.

Committee Authority Statement
Committee Meeting Dates
Committee Roster
Investigator's Responsibilities  NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

Equipment SOP's and Programs

Biological Waste Program Management  
Autoclave Safety Basics
Autoclave SOP
Biological Safety Cabinets
Fume Hood vs. Biosafety Cabinet      

Shipping & Transportation of Hazardous Materials

Select Agent Program

CDC Select Agent Program
Select Agent Overview
Select Agents List


A new Biosafety Application is being trialed.  The application and the standard operating procedure documents are now combined into one form.  This new form should be used for both new applications and resubmissions.


Biosafety Related Links / Resources

BMBL (5th Edition)
Risk Group Classification for Infectious Agents

CDC Select Agent Program

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

CDC Importation Permits for Etiologic Agents

USA Patriot Act of 2002

NIAID Biodefense For Researchers: SA  Rule

American Type Culture Collection

Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies

Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines
Lentivirus Systems Resources

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

National Institutes of Health

rDNA Guidelines
Recombinant DNA Review Elements
eIACUC: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
eIRB: Institutional Review Board 


Last Updated: 02-13-2016
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