Biological safety is applicable to persons who work with or in an area where biohazards exists such as, infectious agents or rDNA. Further definition of biohazards include an agent of biological origin that has the capacity to produce deleterious effects on humans. Biohazards also include bloodborne pathogens.
Persons working with infectious agents or potentially infected materials must be aware of potential hazards, and must be trained and proficient in the practices and techniques required for handling such material safely.
Institutional Biosafety Committee
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meets monthly. If you plan to submit a research proposal, please contact Amber Hood in the Office of Research to be sure your proposal is placed on the meeting agenda.
About the IBC -
An Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is required at all institutions that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research involving recombinant DNA molecules. All recombinant DNA research or instructional activities at OSU-CHS, regardless of funding source, must be conducted in accordance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules and must be registered with the IBC.
The university IBC is further charged with reviewing and approving research and instructional activities conducted with microorganisms pathogenic to humans, plants, or animals. This review is conducted pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/NIH publication, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (currently in 5th edition, February 2007).
The IBC in conjunction with the Office of Research will also provide guidance to the OSU-CHS research community regarding proper acquisition, handling, transfer, and disposal of potentially hazardous or regulated biological materials.
IBC members are required to take biological safety training. Refresher training is not required. The IBC is guided by Institutional Biosafety Committee Policies and Procedures Statements which can be found by clicking on “Manuals and Procedures” on the left side of the page.
Manuals, Policies and Procedures -
- OSU-CHS Biosafety Manual
- OSU-CHS Biosafety Spill Procedure
- Biosafety in Microbiological Laboratories (BMBL) (CDC and NIH)
- Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH)
- Laboratory Biosafety Manual (World Health Organization)
- Lab Specific Biosafety Plan (example)
For questions, reporting, and other communications contact: Institutional Biosafety Committee Chair, Franklin Champlin Ph.D. or Director, Regulatory Compliance & Research Facilities/Biosafety Officer, Amber Hood.
Regulations and Guidance -
- Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories
- Guidelines for Safe Work Practices in Human and Animal Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (pdf)
- NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities
- CDC Office of Health and Safety-Biosafety
- American Biological Safety Association
- The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
- Canadian MSDS's for Infectious Agents
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Biological Agents
- American Type Culture Collection
- Virus Databases Online
- Journal of Gene Medicine
- Knowing How to Practice Safe Science (Howard Hughes Institute)
- OIE - World Organization for Animal Health
- Argonne National Laboratory
All forms under this heading are in Microsoft Word format.
- Recombinant DNA Application Form
- Recombinant DNA Exemption Form
- Biological Agent Registration Form
- Protocol Modification Request Form
- Report of Laboratory Biosafety Incident (This report must be submitted to the Office of University Research Compliance within 48 hours of a laboratory biosafety incident.)
- Laboratory Biosafety Level 2 Registration and Inspection Report
- Animal Biosafety Level 2 Registration and Inspection Report
- Biohazardous Agents Inventory Form
Training is required initially for all those working with biohazards as determined by the principal investigator/supervisor. Refresher training is required every three years.