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Biological Safety


 Institutional Biosafety Committee  


All experiments involving recombinant DNA, biological toxins, and other biohazards must be approved by the Biological Safety Committee.

  • Purpose

  • Review and approved proposed research involving biohazards to ensure compliance with NIH Guidelines
  • Providing guidance to UHD safety functions
  • Collaborate with other UH System components to facilitate protocol review and approval
  • Imposing necessary actions to assure regulatory compliance with biological safety requirements

  • Composition

  • Current list found at - Biosafety Committee (

Laboratory Biosafety Guidance

  • UHD Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) -  Biological Safety in Laboratories


Required Training

  • Lab training with Principal Investigator on operations/techniques/equipment specific to that group
  • Online CITI Training
  • Required for all Biosafety Level 2 laboratory-based faculty, staff and students, valid for 1 year
  • CITI Program Homepage:
  • CITI Access Guidance. pdf - use this guide to register quickly and to add the appropriate course


  • Faculty working with biological hazards must complete:
  • Project Hazard Assessment Form (PHA)

  • Depending on the responses given in the PHA and the assessment by the IBC, it may be necessary to complete a Memorandum of Understanding with UH (provided by IBC) 


  • UHD Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) - Biological Safety in Laboratories page