Biosafety has developed guidance documents for specific organisms. The purpose of the safety sheets are to provide investigators with sufficient information to conduct informed risk assessments when working with biologcal agents in the lab. Such information includes the virology of the agent, suggested biosafety containment level, appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), required containment procedures, appropriate disinfection practices, and the risks associated with its use in animal models.

The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for including guidance documents, such as, safety sheets and standard operating procedures (SOPs) that address specific biohazards used in their lab. Moreover, all research personnel working with viruses classified as risk group 2 or above, must develop and incorporate safety sheets into their lab-specific biosafety manuals (LSBM). Examples are listed below. PIs conducting activities with any of these materials should print out the provided document(s) and include them into your LSBM, if they apply to your laboratory or use them as a guide to create your own. For questions on developing SOPs or safety sheet, please contact Biosafety.

Animal Work Involving Biohazards:

All animal activities involving biohazards must be registered with the University Animal Welfare Committee (UAWC). Animal research utilizing recombinant materials must be registered with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Personnel must be listed on the IBC and UAWC approved protocols and all relevant training must be completed before beginning research.