Biological Safety

The UMass Amherst Biosafety Program mission is to support science in assuring the safety of the research, the scientist, the public and the environment by providing biosafety and research compliance guidance. We provide a wide range of services that include training on handling biohazardous agents and materials, laboratory assessments, protocol/SOP reviews, risk assessments for labs and vivariums, regulatory oversight and guidance for recombinant DNA research, registration reviews for rDNA, animal models, human source materials and infectious agents, etc. We manage various campus safety equipment including biological safety cabinets, fume hoods and autoclaves. We are responsible for the organization and are voting members of the following safety-related committees on campus:

  • Laboratory Safety Coordinator group
  • Occupational Health Committee
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Infection Control Committee
  • Institutional Chemical Safety Committee
  • Health Council

Biohazardous Materials

Biohazardous materials include any organism that can cause disease in humans, or cause significant environmental or agricultural impact such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites
  • Prions
  • Toxins
  • Fungi
  • Human or primate tissues, fluids, cells, or cell cultures/lines that are known to or are likely to contain infectious organisms
  • Human or animal tissues, fluids, cells, or cell cultures/lines that have been exposed to infectious organisms
  • Animals known to be reservoirs of zoonotic diseases
  • Animal model research involving rDNA, biological agents, toxins, nanomaterials, drugs and chemical hazards
  • Recombinant DNA use is also covered and includes: Recombinant DNA, Transgenic animals, Transgenic plants, Human gene transfer and studies using rDNA


File Title
download Accidental Biohazardous Material Spill Procedure
download Alternatives to Gas-Fired Bunsen Burners
download Animal Care and Use: Role and Responsibilities Organizational Chart
download Animal Handler Occupational Health Program
download Autoclave Bags Are Going Clear
download Autoclave Safety Fact Sheet
download Autoclave Verification Flowchart
download Autoclave Waste Fact Sheet
download Autoclave Waste Procedures Poster
download Biohazard Emergency Procedures
download Biohazardous Waste Packaging Guide
download Bioinventory Self Report Spreadsheet
download Biological Exposure Fact Sheet
download Biological Materials and Biohazardous/Medical Waste Disposal Program
download Biological Safety Cabinets vs. Laminar Flow Hoods
Biological Safety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
Biological Safety Manual
download Biological Safety Program Responsibilities
download Biological Safety Training
download Biological Spill Cleanup Fact Sheet
download Biological Waste Fact Sheet
download Biosafety BioHazard Level 2 Practices
download Biosafety Cabinet Management Program
download Biosafety Cabinets: Tips for Use
download Biosafety Manual Risk Appendix Examples
download Biosafety Manual Template for PI's in BSL-1 Laboratories
download Biosafety Manual Template for PI's of BSL-2 Laboratories
download Biosafety Manual Template for PI's of BSL-2 Laboratories - Appendix
download Biosafety Mission Statement
download Bloodborne Pathogens Fact Sheet
download Body Fluid Spill Cleanup Procedure
download Care for Individuals Exposed to Blood or other Potentially Infectious Materials
download CDC Biological Safety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
download Centrifuge Safety Fact Sheet
download Chemical Disinfectants and Their Use in Laboratories
download Disinfection
download Ethidium Bromide Handling and Disposal Practices
download First Aid Kits Fact Sheet
download Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Fact Sheet
download Human Cell Line Safety
download Institutional Biosafety Committee
download Lab Coat Management Program
download Lab Incidents and Lab Incident Report Form
download Lab Safety Trainings
download Lab Startup Compliance Procedures
download Laboratory Occupational Health Program For Human Source Material
download Laboratory Occupational Health Program For Pathogenic Agents
download MS-222 Handling and Disposal
NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
download No Gloves Beyond This Point Sign
download Occupational Health Program for Handling Non-Human Primates
OSHA Standards Bloodborne Pathogens 29 CFR 1910.1030
Pathogen Safety Data Sheets and Risk Assessment
download PPE: Personal Protective Equipment
download Protection of Vacuum Systems Used in Tissue Culture Work Fact Sheet
download Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecule Research Protocol Form
download Safety-Engineered Sharps
download Secondary Containment Devices Fact Sheet
Select Agents and Toxins List
download Serum Banking Guidelines
download Sharps Fact Sheet
download Sharps Policy
Shipping Biological Material
download Spore Testing for Autoclave Function
download Summary of Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents
download UMass Weekly Lab Self-Inspection Form
download Use of Biohazardous Materials in Research and Instruction
download Use of Ultraviolet Lights in Biological Safety Cabinets