Use of Biohazardous Materials in Research and Instruction

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (the University) is committed to ensuring the safe handling, storage, and disposal of potentially biohazardous materials used in University research or instructional projects. This policy is designed to ensure that employees, students and visitors follow safe practices when working with or near potentially biologically hazardous materials or recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. The University will pursue biological safety through ensuring prudent practices to protect people and the environment from biological hazards and will conform to state and federal biosafety directives and guidelines. Implementation of this policy by the University is intended to provide a safe working atmosphere and a well-controlled research environment. The University’s concern is for all biosafety issues, but in particular it is concerned with activities involving:

  • Infectious agents
  • Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule research
  • Agents on the list of Select Agents
  • Potentially biologically hazardous materials


Go to Biological Safety Manual