How often does the biosafety cabinet in my laboratory need to be certified?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:37 am

Annually After relocation EHS coordinates the certification and you will be notified to ensure it does not interfere with your schedule.

What training do I need to work in a laboratory that has biological materials?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:36 am

Biological Safety for BSL-2 Laboratories, One-Time* Laboratory Safety Orientation, One-Time BSL-2 Biosafety Refresher, Annually thereafter* * Biological Safety for BSL-2 Laboratories and BSL-2 Biosafety Refresher fulfill a BSL-2 laboratory worker’s annual Bloodborne Pathogens training requirement. For more information or to register for training, click here.

What is Regulated Medical Waste (RMW)?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:35 am

Any waste perceived to contain materials that may be infectious to humans. Human materials such as: Blood, Body fluids, Tissues, Organs, Body parts. Items contaminated with human materials. Discarded materials such as cultures, stocks, specimens, or vaccines. Discarded infectious agents. Sharps (including needles, syringes, etc.) Animal materials intentionally infected with pathogens or potentially infectious human […]

How do I dispose of infectious waste or regulated medical waste?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:34 am

Any waste that has come in contact with potentially-infectious materials should be placed in a red bag with the biohazard symbol. Regulated medical waste should be autoclaved. If the waste cannot be autoclaved (e.g., mixed with a chemical, is an animal carcass, or is from a clinical space), it should be placed in a burn […]

What do I do if I need to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:33 am

The Hepatitis B vaccine is offered at no cost to employees determined to be at risk for occupational exposure to human blood, blood products, tissues, cells or other potentially infectious material. The vaccination series must be started within ten working days of initial assignment to a position involving potential exposure. To obtain the Hepatitis B […]

How do I dispose of biological waste that is not Regulated Medical Waste (RMW)?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:32 am, Last Updated: April 3, 2020 at 9:33 am

Biological waste that is non-infectious should be autoclaved. If the waste cannot be autoclaved (e.g., mixed with a chemical or is an animal carcass), it should be placed in a burn box for incineration offsite. Autoclave Place waste in a clear autoclave bag Run the autoclave cycle. Fill in the logbook with date, time, your […]

Can I transport biological materials in my personal vehicle?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:31 am

The transport of biological materials may be regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT). If you would like to transport any biological material, please contact EHS to ensure that your transport complies with DOT regulation.

What is the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and how does it affect me?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:30 am, Last Updated: April 8, 2020 at 10:52 am

The IBC: Provides oversight of recombinant DNA research. Ensures research is in compliance with NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines). Reviews and approves all research subject to the NIH Guidelines. Also reviews all projects that involve: Biological materials Infectious materials Other potentially infectious materials Biologically-derived toxins In order to conduct work […]