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Laboratory Biosafety Level Criteria
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


A.  Principal Investigator/User/Researcher
  1. Submit appropriate Usage Forms and Written Experimental Protocol, per project or planned research to the university Biosafety Officer (BSO).
  2. Obtain IBC approval, prior to the start of such research or project. (download copies of Usage Forms and Experimental Protocols directly from this page)
  3. Insure necessary biological containments are available for proposed research, and that manipulation of infectious agent and material is safely done in appropriate area.
  4. Insure all personnel directly associated with the project understand the need of, and obtain any necessary immunizations.
  5. Provide and ensure all employees, directly or indirectly involved in the proposed research, have had necessary training as it relates to the project.
  6. Inform employees of, and make sure they understand potential risk associated with infectious agent manipulation in general, and proposed research in particular.
  7. Make sure employees use appropriate protective equipment when necessary, and follow guidelines and procedures dealing with accidental spills of infectious agent and material.
  8. Make sure that proper management; laboratory security, storage and disposition of all infectious agents and resulting wastes are followed.
  9. Maintain all training and immunization records.

B.  Employees
  1. Strictly adhere to all safe work practices and procedures described herein, and to responsible investigator's safety instructions, regarding the use/manipulation, storage, generation and disposition of infectious and bio-hazardous wastes.
  2. Attend all required safety training.
  3. Report all potentially hazardous situations and/or accidents including spills to supervisor. (See Emergency response section)
  4. Use recommended protective equipment.

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