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Biological and Laboratory Safety

The Biological and Laboratory Safety Group’s mission is to prevent occupational biological exposures to employees and to deter the release of potentially hazardous materials and other biological hazards to the laboratory environment. The Biological Safety Program achieves these objectives through the promotion of safe laboratory practices and procedures, in combination with facility infrastructure requirements to include the proper use of engineering controls and other containment equipment. The biological safety program also provides assistance and oversight for the development and implementation of standard operating procedures combined with specialized training programs.

For additional information or assistance, please contact:

Biological Safety Officer Ms. Theresa Bell       301-846-5038  belltd@mail.nih.gov
Senior Occupational Safety Specialist Ms. Dana Young   301-846-7655  youngdl@mail.nih.gov
Assistant Biosafety Officer Ms. Karen Barber 301-846-1832 barberkd@mail.nih.gov

IBC: http://web.ncifcrf.gov/ehs/ibc/


Learn more about Biosafety and our programs below:

Training Programs


OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen/Medical Surveillance

Tax-Free Alcohol

  • P&P 727


Laboratory Equipment, Practice and Procedures


Department of Transportation/International Air Transport Association (Shipping)

  • Shipping Requests http://web.ncifcrf.gov/campus/safety/wizard/
  • Import/Export Permits - Who needs an Import Permit?
    • This Permit is required for animal-derived material or biological material that came in contact with materials of animal origin.
    • Specifically restricted biological material including animal tissues, blood, cells, cell lines, RNA/DNA extracts, hormones, enzymes, proteins, monoclonal and poluclonal, antisera, immunoglobins, recombinant products, immunoassay components, immunoassay kits, microorganisms, such as fungi, bacteria, viruses and other products derived from animal-derived materials.
    • Certain biologic specimens imported for human diagnostic purposes are not restricted by the USDA. These materials include human bone marrow cells and amniocentesis samples that were not grown or transported in tissue culture media containing animal-derived supplements. However, each shipment of patient specimens must be accompanied by a written description accurately explaining the contents. This description must be available for inspection at the port of entry and should be sent with the Customs declarations.
    • Website address http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ncie/pdf/vs16.3.pdf
    • Etiologic Agent, Biological material (infectious) and Vectors all require a CDC permit. This is handled by NIH import permit office 301-451-3295, fax 301-480-0691.
    • Select Agents information contact the EHS office 301-846-5038, Theresa Bell.

USDA/CDC Select Agents


Other Useful Links:

Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association http://www.chabsa.org/
American Biological Safety Association http://www.absa.org/
OSHA http://www.osha.gov
World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov
NIH Safety Office http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/ds/index.htm
EPA's registered antimicrobial products http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/chemregindex.htm
Office of Biosafety, Health Protection Branch, LCDC, Health Canada


NIH Guidelines for Research Involving rDNA Molecules  http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/nih_guidelines_oba.html
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