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Biological Safety

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.



Training is required initially for all those working with biohazards as determined by the principal investigator/supervisor. Refresher training is required every three years. 

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Staff and Contact

Amber Hood, M.S., CPIA, CIP  Director, Regulatory Compliance and Research Facilities 
Rebecca Crandell, M.S. Assistant Director, Research Compliance