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Lab Biosafety

Research with a variety of biological materials presents potential hazards of exposure that need to be carefully considered. Guidelines for safe use of rDNA, viruses, bacteria, select agents and toxins, blood and human tissue, and other biological materials require that safe practices and procedures be in place to reduce or eliminate these exposure risks. All research with biological materials also requires review and approval through the University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

Biosafety Manual

The Biosafety Manual provides information and references regarding all laboratory activities that may involve exposure to biohazardous agents or materials and that come under the purview of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

Activities which are specifically addressed are those involving:

  • various bacterial, fungal, and parasitic agents
  • Live viruses
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Exposure to research animals
  • Human blood and tissues
  • Receipt, handling, and disposal of biological materials

Sections III & IV of the Biosafety Manual provide guidelines for working safely with these materials. Section II provides information on the review and approval process for planned work with biological materials.


In addition to the Laboratory Safety Training mandatory for all laboratory workers, the following training is required for individuals working with certain biological materials:

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