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 Alternatives to Gas-Fired Bunsen Burners
download Autoclave Safety Fact Sheet
download Autoclave Verification Flowchart
download Autoclave Waste Fact Sheet
download Autoclave Waste Procedures Poster
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 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 Biosafety Training handout
download Bloodborne Pathogens Fact Sheet
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
Domestic Animals on Campus
download First Aid Kits Fact Sheet
download Freezer Defrosting
download Guidelines For Children And Unauthorized Persons In Labs And Other Potentially Hazardous Areas
Lab Coat Management Program
download Lab Incidents and Lab Incident Report Form
download Lab Safety Trainings
download Laboratory Occupational Health Program For Human Source Material
download MS-222 Handling and Disposal
NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
download No Gloves Beyond This Point Sign
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
Respiratory Protection Program
download Safety-Engineered Sharps
Secondary Containment Devices Fact Sheet
Select Agents and Toxins List
download Sharps Fact Sheet
Shipping Biological Material
download Spore Testing for Autoclave Function
Tissue Request Form - Acquiring Tissue from Another Investigator
download Use of Ultraviolet Lights in Biological Safety Cabinets