The Biosafety group provides a full range of services to UMass Amherst's biological laboratories, farms, crop research zones, fisheries and agricultural research areas where potentially hazardous materials are in use.  We work in a collaborative fashion with the academic community to foster an environment of safety and compliance where research and creativity can thrive. 

Quick Links


Arthropod Research


Biosafety Manual

Biosafety Cabinets

Bloodborne Pathogens

Lab Incident Report Form

IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee)

Permits (USDA/CDC, etc.)

Plant Research

Sharps Safety


Training (Note: Biosafety Trainings are required for all individuals working in a biological lab.  Contact Judy LaDuc to schedule specialized safety trainings (Calf Management Safety, Livestock and Poultry Safety, and Field Research Safety training).  Biosafety Classroom training is required initially and every five years thereafter.  Annual refresher training is required, but this can be completed either online through OWL or through classroom training.) 

Waste (biological)


File Title
download Accidental Exposure
download Aerosol Generating Equipment
download Aerosol Generating Equipment
download Arthropod Research
download Arthropod Research
download Aspiration Vacuum Flask Set up
download Autoclave Log Book
download Autoclave Waste Poster
download Autoclave Waste Procedures Poster
download Autoclaves
download Biohazardous Waste Packaging Guide
download Biological Waste
download Biological Materials and Biohazardous/Medical Waste Disposal Program
download Biological Waste
download Biosafety Cabinet Management Program
download Biosafety Cabinets (BSC)
download Biosafety Manual
download Biosafety Training handout
download Biowaste Program
download Bloodborne Pathogens
download BSC Use
download Centrifugation
download Cold Room Maintenance
download Cold Room Maintenance
Disinfectants used at Umass Amherst that are EPA approved for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 Illness)
download Disinfection
download Disposal of Sharps
download Donning and Doffing PPE
download ELISA Safety
download Genefect One Step
download Hand Sanitation
download IBC - Institutional Biosafety Committee
download Imaging Live Cells
download Lab Incidents and Lab Incident Report Form
New Lab and P.I. Start-Up
download Permits (USDA/CDC)
download Plant Research
download Sharps Safety
download Sharps Use
Shipping Biological Material
download Transportation of Biological Materials
download Waste Biological
Waste Management (Biological)
download Waste Storage and Packaging Guide