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 Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews rDNA registrations and use of biohazardous agents.
- The Institutional Chemical Safety Committee advises EHS in the effective implementation of policies and practices to ensure the safe use of chemical hazards.
- The Radiation Safety Committee reviews proposed use of radioisotopes in research and other use of radiation sources.
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.
- Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
- Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - Drug Applications
- Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
- International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use
- Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biological Safety Cabinets
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- World Medical Association