Additional Info - Biosafety

Additional Information

Biohazard Risk Assessment

Biohazardous Materials Risk Assessment: Information and resources regarding handling and working with biohazardous materials during research.

Biological Spill Response

These guidelines are intended to assist the principal investigator, laboratory supervisor, and other responsible individuals who may be involved in the cleanup of biological spills.

Biological Toxins / DURC

Working with biological toxins and Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC), which is life sciences research that can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.

Biosafety Laboratory Space

Laboratory Inspections and Close-out or Relocation of Lab Space: Procedures to clean up/decontamination and disposition of biohazardous materials when a lab is closing or you are relocating to another lab space.

DOD Certificate of Environmental Compliance

Assistance to verify that research conducted is compliant with all applicable national, state and local environmental laws and regulations (U.S. DOD and U.S. EPA).

Exposures, Incidents and Near Misses

Emergency response procedures, reporting procedures, and accident/incident investigations for exposures, incidents and near misses. Safety Hazard / Near Miss Report Form.

Human Gene Transfer Protocols

"HGT" is used to describe research involving the transfer of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, or DNA or RNA derived from recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules into human subjects. It is also sometimes referred to as “Gene Therapy.”

More Tools and Resources

Biosafety Program contact information, BiosafetyNet applications for faculty, researchers and staff to electronically complete and submit IBC protocols online, USF Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Sharepoint tools, Applications for Research Compliance (ARC) portal, and suggestion box for submitting ideas to improve our process.

Protection of Vacuum Systems

Protection of Vacuum System when Filtering Biohazardous Materials:Proper set-up and maintenance of laboratory vacuum lines are important to protect the central vacuum system as well as facility maintenance staff who service this equipment.

Shipping & Permits

If you intend to ship and/or receive biological materials as part of your reach endeavor, there are several items for you to be aware of so that you materials are shipped in a safe, secure and timely manner.