Biological Safety

The goal of the EHS Biological Safety program is to protect laboratory workers, the environment, and the community from exposure to biohazardous materials while ensuring the integrity of experimental materials. EH&S assists researchers in conducting risk assessments and provides guidance to laboratory personnel on the microbiological practices, safety equipment and facilities under which biohazardous materials can be safely manipulated. In addition, the EH&S Office aims to ensure that laboratories are in compliance with all policies and regulatory requirements for working with biohazardous materials.

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Biosafety Information

pdf iconAutoclave Use Guidelines and info on Lead-Containing Autoclave Tape
White boxBiosafety Cabinet Use (UCIU) - Please use the external link found here.
pdf iconBiosafety Levels 1 and 2 - Standard Practices
pdf iconBiosafety Levels for Infectious Agents - Summary
pdf iconExposure Control Plan (Bloodborne Pathogen Policy)
img icon pdfHuman and Primate Cell Lines (DRI Policy)

pdf iconUNR Biosafety Manual


Biosafety Training

DRI Biosafety Modules on Moodle
HTML iconHantavirus Awareness
HTML iconBBP Review for Laboratory Researchers
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Training Resources - Please use the external links found here.
See the EH&S Links page for additional information, including the following:
CDC's page on Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (5th Ed.), 
Biosafety checklists, resources on infectious diseases and biohazards,
American Biological Safety Association site, as well as information from APHIS, NIH, OSHA, etc.

While the information and recommendations contained on the DRI EH&S web site have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable and is accurate to the best of our knowledge, the EH&S Department and the Desert Research Institute makes no guarantee as to, and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency, or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required depending on the situation/circumstances. For specific information regarding government regulations, please contact the official regulatory agency.

In addition, our pages contain links to many outside web pages. DRI EH&S is not responsible for the content of those sites. Links do not indicate endorsement, sponsorship, recommendation, or approval by DRI EH&S.

Our EH&S programs, policies and procedures are our own and they may or may not meet the approval of other authorities and regulatory agencies. While we make them freely available to the public by posting them, our material may not be used for the purpose of resale or profit. If you want to use our information verbatim, please send us an email telling how you will be using our materials and provide credit to DRI EH&S.

We also request that if you find broken links or any information posted on the DRI EH&S web pages you believe to be in error, that you let us know at EHS@DRI.EDU, so we can make the appropriate changes. 

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