Biological Safety

The Biological Safety Program provides services related to the use of biological agents. Biological agents include bacteria, viruses, fungi, other microorganisms and their associated toxins.  They may adversely affect human health in a variety of ways, ranging from relatively mild, allergic reactions to serious medical conditions, even death.

Types of regulated biological agents include

  • human, animal, and plant pathogens;
  • human blood and blood components;
  • recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids;
  • cell and tissue cultures; and
  • biological toxins.

Program services include

  • oversight of the receipt, possession, use, and transfer of biological materials;
  • select agent registration;
  • oversight of the University’s Bloodborne Pathogens Program;
  • safe laboratory practices;
  • Laboratory Biological Safety Level (BSL) assignment;
  • safety training;
  • waste disposal;
  • surveillance and certification of biological safety cabinets; and
  • review of recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids applications