The biosafety program involves issues such as determining the proper biosafety level with which to perform research, making sure facilities and practices are in accordance with local, state and federal requirements, and consulting with investigators working with biological materials to make their lab a safer place to conduct research. The program has staff that can address most of your needs from laboratory ventilation questions to Occupational Medicine.

red flag icon Notice: Do you use toxins in your research? Regulations have changed!

Effective December 4, 2012, additional actions (toxin due diligence) will be required of principal investigators, physicians, veterinarians, commercial manufacturers, distributors and all who may currently possess or use select agent toxins in excluded amounts. Click here to see toxin list.

If you currently work with one of these toxins, view additional information on requirements and how EH&S will help you comply.

Top frequently asked questions:
  1. How do I dispose of broken glass?
    If the broken glass IS contaminated with biologicals then it must be disposed of as a sharp in a sharps container. If the broken glass is NOT contaminated with biologicals then place the glass in a heavy cardboard box, tape it securely and label the outside of the box "broken glass". Place the box for regular trash pickup via Environmental Services.
  2. Who picks up sharps containers?
    All medical waste is managed by Stericycle. If you have pick-up questions or are not sure what should be disposed of as a sharp you can contact Julie Gray in EH&S at or 205-975-4341.
  3. How often should I take the Bloodborne Pathogens class?
    The EHS_BIO500 Bloodborne Pathogens training class must be taken upon employment and then on an annual basis unless regulations change.