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It is the policy of The University of Minnesota Duluth, that all scientists, researchers and principal investigators, who are planning to undertake research projects involving the use of Hazardous Biological Microorganisms, Biological Toxins and Artificial Gene Transfer / Recombinant DNA, must submit Usage Forms and Written Experimental Protocols, to the university Bio-Safety Officer (BSO) for review and approval, prior to the start of any such experiments, as required by the University of Minnesota Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBC).

For experiments or work involving the use of Human Blood, Blood Products and Components, Human Secretion, Body Fluids, Human Tissues or Organs, compliance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29CFR 1910.1030) is required.  No IBC approval is necessary.  However, a submission of a Written Experimental Protocol is desired.

Written Experimental Protocols must at least,

  • provide a brief description of the pathogenicity and public health aspects of the agent used,
  • describe the safe methods to be used for handling, containing and storing the agent, including Bio-Safety Levels (BSL: 2,3),
  • describe the procedure to be used for decontaminating, area, material and objects during normal procedure and upon spill of the agent or material.
Also, to insure that safe and prudent work practices are followed; researchers may commence such experiments only if all personnel directly or indirectly involved in the handling, manipulation, containment, decontamination and disposal of known and potentially infectious bio-hazardous or pathogenic agents and materials, have had necessary and appropriate training, were made familiar with the requirements of this plan and will strictly adhere to the guidelines described herein.

Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) is not allowed at UMD.
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