Biological

Biological safety begins with lab directors (faculty/lab managers/supervisors) providing lab-specific training regarding occupational risks associated with the research materials and procedures.  As lab director, you are required to write safety program manuals, and where necessary, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) pertaining to the biological substances, hazardous materials, and methods used in your lab.

Biosafety Manual

The Biosafety Manual identifies the potential hazards research staff may encounter when working with infectious biological agents, recombinant DNA (r-DNA), and infectious substances.  Following the Biosafety Manual will help to ensure that research staff who handle these substances receive the appropriate training and safety precautions required under the law.

You must prepare a lab-specific Biosafety Manual; and every person working with infectious biological agents, r-DNA, or infectious substances must be familiar with the manual before beginning work in the laboratory.  For more information, refer the Biosafety Manual.

Infectious Biological Agents and Recombinant DNA

Per University of Michigan (U-M) requirements, research with r-DNA must be registered with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), even if it is exempt from the NIH Guidelines for Research involving Recombinant DNA Molecules guidelines.

NOTE: All infectious agents or substances requiring handling at biosafety level 2 must be registered with the IBC.  Biosafety level 3 projects require coordination with the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Biological Safety Officer.

University of Michigan Policies

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals

The following documents may be required for your research operation, depending on what type of research you are performing, the potential hazards you and your staff will be exposed to, and the engineering controls you are implementing.  Some of these documents are in a downloadable “Word” format so that you can print them for your operation as is, or download and modify them to meet your unique needs.  When you click the link it will automatically go to the download file.

Supplemental Information

Bloodborne Pathogens

Occupational exposure to human-derived blood and other body substances constitutes potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  HIV and Hepatitis B and C are the most prevalent of these pathogens.  The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Standard and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Standard R 325.70001 – 325.70018 “Bloodborne Infectious Diseases,” requires all employees who may have occupational exposure to human blood, body fluids, or unfixed tissue; human cells or cell lines, or HIV or Hepatitis B Virus t0:

A U-M standard Exposure Control Plan has been developed and applies to all at-risk employees.  The ECP applies to all non-hospital U-M departments whose employees may reasonably anticipate contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) during the performance of their duties.  In compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, U-M requires all departments that fall within the scope of this policy to minimize employee risk from exposure and infection by implementing the U-M ECP.  Lab directors are required to implement this plan within their research operations that involve potential bloodborne pathogens.

For more information or guidance involving the ECP or Bloodborne Pathogens, refer to the following ECP documents or contact EHS at (734) 763-6973.

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals

The following documents may be required for your research operation, depending on what type of research you are performing, the potential hazards you and your staff will be exposed to, and the engineering controls you are implementing.  Some of these documents are in a downloadable “Word” format so that you can print them for your operation as is, or download and modify them to meet your unique needs.  When you click the link it will automatically go to the download file.

Training and Education

Research staff working with bloodborne pathogens must take bloodborne pathogen training each year.

Select Agents and Toxins

Federal law requires U-M to apply for and obtain a registration specific for each lab director who wants to obtain or transfer select agents and toxins as defined under Center for Disease Control and the US Department of Agriculture regulations.  Select agents and toxins are highly-regulated materials because they have the capacity to cause substantial harm to public health or the economy.  Contact the EHS Biosafety Officer at (734) 647-1142 for assistance if you use, plan to use, or discover any select agent materials in your research area.

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals

The following documents may be required for your research operation, depending on what type of research you are performing, the potential hazards you and your staff will be exposed to, and the engineering controls you are implementing.  Some of these documents are in a downloadable “Word” format so that you can print them for your operation as is, or download and modify them to meet your unique needs.  When you click the link it will automatically go to the download file.