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


Last Updated: September 25, 2015