Research Communications

University releases updated Biosafety Manual 

March 24, 2010

Ohio University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, has released an update of the university’s Biosafety Manual, which outlines mandatory policy and procedures for all faculty, staff and students who use biological materials in research.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee is a group of faculty research experts and community representatives that works to ensure safe research protocols, labs and equipment. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for compliance with guidelines issued by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

Regulated biological materials include infectious or disease-containing organisms, recombinant DNA technologies, bloodborne pathogens, human tissues, vectors of disease and zoonotic agents, among others.

The committee revised the Biosafety Manual to clarify responsibilities and expectations, simplify language and provide information directly useful in the laboratory. The updates include a step-by-step procedure for handling and disposal of infectious waste, a listing of Standard Microbiological Practices, basic spill response procedures and basic personnel exposure procedures. 

Additionally, the manual includes a printable overview of spill response, a list of information on common disinfectants and a laboratory information sheet designed to organize and distribute specific procedures to lab workers.

The university’s policy on biohazards (http://www.ohio.edu/policy/44-107.html) requires compliance with the manual.
 
The Biosafety Manual and related forms can be accessed on the EHS biosafety web site, http://www.ohio.edu/ehs/biosafety/index.htm. Hard copies can be requested from Adriane Mohlenkamp at 593-1662 or mohlena1@ohio.edu.

For more information about the manual updates or biosafety requirements at Ohio University, please contact Mohlenkamp or Bonita Biegalke, chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, at biegalke@ohio.edu.