Biosafety

The Biosafety program at UAF covers research or teaching activities that involve use of:

  • Bloodborne pathogens (HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C)
  • Infectious agents
  • Recombinant DNA (rDNA)
  • Human or animal cell lines
  • Biological toxins
  • Human or animal tissues

Laboratories working with biological materials covered by the Biosafety program must have the appropriate procedures manual for their work.

Researchers working with infectious agents, recombinant DNA, or biological toxins must complete a Biosafety Registration with the UAF Institutional Biosafety Committee.  Contact Gretchen Hundertmark in the Office of Research Integrity for assistance.

Biological Safety Cabinets

Biological safety cabinets are used to protect researchers from exposure to infectious agents and toxins as well as to protect the cultures and materials with which they are working from contamination.  Biological safety cabinets must be certified annually.  Certification is coordinated by EHSRM, but individual departments assume the cost of certification and maintenance.

Training is available for UAF researchers using biological safety cabinets.  This 5-module training is provided through Blackboard and will help you learn how to properly conduct work in a biological safety cabinet so that the integrity of your samples is maintained.   Contact Gretchen Hundertmark, Jami Warrick, or Tracey Martinson for access.

Biosafety Level 1 or 2 Laboratory Designation

Laboratories working with Biosafety Level 1 or 2 agents must be inspected and approved by the UAF Biosafety Officer.  Self-audit check-lists of the requirements needed to meet either Biosafety Level 1 or Biosafety Level 2 designation are available here:  

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