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Biological Safety

Biological Safety is responsible for providing guidance on practices to minimize health and environmental hazards related to biological agents used in research and teaching within the university community. Programs implementing university policy and recognized best practices have been established to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff; to protect managed and natural ecosystems; and to meet regulatory requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health.  Biological Safety supports the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and the Institutional Review Board as appropriate.  Programs have been established to provide a central registry of potentially hazardous microbial agents and other hazardous biologicals, oversight of recombinant DNA activities, and control exposures to bloodborne pathogens and zoonotic agents of human disease.

National Biosafety Stewardship Inventory Form

Biological Activities Requiring Oversight

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)


Animal Rooms Posting Form (Word Document; to be posted by investigators on the animal room door)
Sharps Injury Log

IBC Forms:

    IBC Registration Form
    IBC Amendment Form - use to amend existing approved registrations

Request to Transfer Infectious Agents from OSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Information Resources and Policies

Bloodborne Pathogen Program
Biological Waste Management Page
Animal Handlers Safety Page and Resources

Rabies Program and Information

Animal Handlers Policy

Infection Control Instructions

IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee)
Biological Response Guide
Sharps Safety

EH&S Biosafety Services

Autoclave testing
Biosafety consulting
Decontamination Services


Animal Handler Safety Training is required one time only for persons who will work with animals or have significant contact with animals. Hazard awareness topics covered include zoonotic diseases, animal allergies, research hazards, physical injuries and sharps hazards. Other topics are methods to minimize personal risks of injury or disease when working with animals and medical monitoring. Session length is 1ΒΌ hours.A risk assessment questionnaire is distributed and persons who are at risk for rabies exposure will be asked to remain for an additional 15 minutes to cover rabies awareness training. View the on-line training video.

Lab Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogen Training is required annually for personnel work with blood, body fluids, unfixed tissues or cell lines of human origin and every three years for all personnel who work with Risk Group 2 pathogens. The session combines the requirements for Bloodborne Pathogen training with an overview of best practices for working in a biological laboratory at BSL-2. Topics covered include hazard recognition, methods of minimizing risks to personnel, safe work practices, infectious waste and sharps management and what to do in the event of an exposure. Session length is 50 minutes. See the Safety Training Calendar for scheduling and registration information.

Training for Researchers using Recombinant DNA is required for personnel who work with recombinant DNA. The training is an online module that is reviewed and then documented by completion of the Acknowledgement Form. (More detailed information is available in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.)

Federal and State Information