10.07 / Biohazards

  1. Policy

    Biohazardous materials include all agents or processes which pose a risk of immediate or delayed harm to any living organisms. Project associated hazards include radionuclides, chemical hazards (controlled substances); health hazards such as carcinogens, teratogens, mutagens, nephrotoxins, neurotoxins, hepatotoxins and hematopoetic toxins; physical hazards such as flammables, reactives, oxidizers, and corrosives, recombinant DNA, human tissues or fluids, cancer viruses, etiological agents and animals. The guidelines for use of biohazards are intended to complement but not replace guidelines established by the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The use of any biohazardous material requires review and authorization by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The IBC chair and members are appointed by the Provost and Senior Vice President. Institutional Biosafety Report Forms are available from the Environmental Health and Safety Office.