Biological and Environmental Safety

The University is committed to ensuring the safe handling, storage, and disposal of potentially hazardous agents and recombinant DNA used in University research and instruction. University policies are designed to ensure that employees, students and visitors follow safe practices for both people and the environment when working with or near hazardous agents, and that the University is in compliance with all relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations. The Biological and Environmental Safety Compliance Program is overseen by the Office of Research Compliance.

Three University committees provide oversight for the use of hazardous agents and report to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement.  These committees are a liaison between safety programs in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and the research community. 

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety operates a comprehensive environmental health and safety program using a multi-disciplinary approach, organized by program area, including Biological Safety and Research Specific Laboratory Trainings.

Controlled Substances

Biological Safety Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecule Research Protocol Form

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