Biological Safety


Introduction to Biological Safety

Biological safety or biosafety is the application of knowledge, techniques and equipment to prevent personal, laboratory and environmental exposure to potentially infectious agents or biohazards. Biosafety defines the containment conditions and work practices under which infectious agents can be safely manipulated.


Infectious or etiologic (disease causing) agents, potentially infectious materials, certain toxins and other hazardous biological materials are included in the definition of a biohazard.

Biohazardous agents may include but are not limited to: Certain bacteria, fungi, viruses, rickettsiae, chlamydiae, parasites, recombinant products, allergens, cultured human or animal cells.

The links below will take you to webpages containing detailed information on specific biological safety issues:

Biological Safety Cabinets

Biowaste Management

Bloodborne Pathogens and Exposure Control Plan


Work with Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acids

Sharps Safety

Transporting Biological Materials

New CITI Training Requirements for Labs Using Biological Material

Biohazardous Agent Reference Documents

Biological Toxins

Decontamination and Disinfection

Permits for Biological Materials

Biohazard Spill Response


Last Updated: March 23, 2018