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. 

UMass Amherst's Role in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Find the Biosafety Standard Operating Procedures to learn more.


Biosafety Trainings are required for all individuals working in a biological lab.  Biosafety classroom trainings are suspended due to COVID-19. Please take the biosafety training through OWL.

To comply with University guidance on social distancing, all EH&S classroom safety trainings are postponed until further notice.  Please complete initial classroom or online biosafety training through OWL in lieu of classroom training.

Specialized Biosafety Training

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.

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