The Biohazardous Agent Reference Document (BARD) is a guidance resource that reviews and summarizes the nature of a pathogen or biotoxin, and offers safety requirements for work with the agent in the laboratory. The document includes characteristics of the agent, laboratory and health hazards, precautions, containment and PPE requirements, spill and disinfection procedures, exposure procedures and required follow-up, and additional references. The BARDs provided here are general templates, and laboratory-specific BARDs may be created by the IBC to address any additional risks or requirements specific to the research in each individual laboratory.

The BARD is provided as an additional guidance tool, and is not a substitute for a risk assessment, biosafety training, lab-specific training, or a formal IBC master protocol registration. This document should be readily available in the laboratory, and it is the responsibility of the Laboratory Supervisor or Principal Investigator to ensure that all lab personnel have read, understood, and signed the document. The BARD is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult a health care provider for any medical questions or concerns.

Additional BARDs will be added to this list as necessary.