Biosafety is a two way path - to be 'biosafe' implies creating a safe working environment for all personnel and ensuring that the work being done does not impact the environment. Biohazardous materials include any organism that can cause disease in humans, or cause significant environmental or agricultural impact, such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites
  • Prions and Prion-like Proteins
  • Fungi
  • Human or primate tissues, fluids, cells, or cell cultures/lines that are known to or are likely to contain infectious organisms
  • Human or animal tissues, fluids, cells, or cell cultures/lines that have been exposed to infectious organisms
  • Animals known to be reservoirs of zoonotic diseases

Recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecule use is also covered by the Biosafety program. This includes:

  • Recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules
  • Transgenic animals
  • Transgenic plants
  • Human gene transfer/studies using recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules

Written Program

Training Requirements

Any laboratory personnel working with or around biohazardous materials (Biosafety Levels 1, 2 and 3) must complete Biosafety Training in eNDeavor.  This is required initially and annually thereafter.

In addition to the training required above, personnel working in a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab, must complete additional BSL-3 training and hands on safety training provided by the BSL-3 Laboratory Manager.  Hands on training is required initially and annually thereafter.

Anyone shipping biological materials (Category B) must complete training in eNDeavor. Contact the Lab Safety Team for additional information.




Product Links

External Reference

IBC E-Protocol Form (url - E-Protocol)

Notice- Autoclave Guidance (47 kb, pdf)

Chair Covers for Fabric Chairs

ABSA Risk Group Database (url)

IBC E-Protocol How-To Guides (url - E-Protocol)

Autoclave - Out of Service (138 kb, pdf)

Red Bags CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories [BMBL 6th Ed] (4.34 mb, .pdf) 
Biosafety SOP Template (349 kb, word doc) Workplace Injury Flowchart

Red Bag Holders and Lids

NIH Guidelines for Recombinant DNA (url)

Biohazardous Waste Discard Form (url - OnBase) 

  Sharps Containers OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Autoclave Log Sheet (992 kb, .pdf)

  Waterseal Fabric Sealant for Chairs Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (url)
Hepatitis B Vaccination (Wellness Center Authorization) Form (122kb, pdf)     ViPR Virus Database

Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination Form (url - OnBase)


WHO Biological Safety Manual (url)