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Table1: Summary of  Recommended Biosafety  Levels for Infectious Agents
Table1a: Summary of Vertebrate Animal Biosafety Levels (ABSL)
Biological Emergencies
Biosafety Cabinets (BSC's)
Types of BSC's
Comparison of BSC's Characteristics
Selection of a BSC Through Risk Assessment
IBC Application Forms


The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Biological Safety Program consists of guidelines on the procurement, handling, storage, containment of hazardous biological microorganisms, and laboratory security. Specifically, for research involving the use of Biologically Derived Toxins, Artificial Gene Transfer, Recombinant DNA and Human Blood, Blood Products or Human Tissue and Organs.  The Purpose of this Program is to:
  1. Assure employee understanding of the factors involved in disease transmission in the laboratory.
  2. Insure that appropriate protocols, proper laboratory facilities, equipment and containment levels are used when handling infectious organisms.
  3. Reduce the risk of occupational infections to employees.
  4. Insure that CDC/NIH (centers for Disease Control / National Institutes of Health) and University Guidelines for Handling Pathogenic Microorganisms are being followed.
  5. Insure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29CFR 1910.1030).
  6. Prevent the spread of disease and contamination of the environment.
  7. Insure the proper management, storage, disposition of all infectious agents and resulting wastes, in compliance with pertinent state and federal regulations, governing the management of infectious and pathological wastes, and the development of generator management plan.
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