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Institutional Biosafety Committee - IBC



The UVM Laboratory Health and Safety Policy states that  "The University of Vermont is committed to providing a healthy and safe working and learning environment, and to supporting environmentally sound practices in the conduct of University activities. It is University policy to comply with all applicable regulations and requirements related to research and teaching in laboratories. All University activities are to be conducted in a manner that ensures the protection of students, faculty, staff, visitors and the environment."

In support of this policy, the IBC Researcher Manual Section 7.A. Proper Training and Oversight of the Research Team states:

"The principal investigator is responsible for ensuring that the research team has appropriate training prior to and during the conduct of the study...

  • Faculty members, principal investigators and others responsible for directly, or indirectly, supervising labs will support and encourage a culture of safety and the use of best practices in laboratory protocols and procedures. This includes communicating safety and health as a core value, understanding the risks and requirements associated with the laboratories they oversee, assuring that appropriate precautions are taken against hazards and unsafe practices, that proper personal protective equipment is made available to all personnel, that workplace equipment and machinery is routinely maintained, that required medical surveillance of impacted employees is conducted, that regular safety inspections are performed and documented, and that students and employees receive job and hazard-specific safety training. (NOTE: This excerpt is taken from the UVM Laboratory Health and Safety Policy)

  • If laboratory work requires a containment level of BSL-2 or greater, the PI needs to ensure that key personnel have completed the IBC required “Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment” in-class training (NOTE: The IBC Committee will not approve key personnel until this requirement has been met.)

All of the on-line trainings as well as information about signing up for in-class training is located on the Environmental Health and Safety at UVM training website.

Last modified January 23 2015 03:20 PM

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