Animal Work Oversight
Animal work can present unique hazards not found in standard biological laboratories. The co-application of BSL and ABSL are determined by a protocol-specific risk assessment. Field work with animals may also carry a biological component. For this reason, the Biological Safety Officer is an active member on TTU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Work involving animals in conjunction with potentially infectious materials or work involving animal pathogens must be approved by both the IACUC and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC); IBC approval should be sought first as it is required for IACUC approval. Please see the respective Institutional Compliance Committee websites of additional details and forms.
Animal Facilities and Containment
Four biosafety levels are also described in the BMBL for activities involving infectious disease work with experimental vertebrates - ABSL1, ABSL2, ABSL3, and ABSL4. As with general biosafety and containment, they provide increasing levels of protection to personnel and the environment. In addition to ABSL levels described by the BMBL, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed facility parameters and work practices for handling agricultural pathogens (BSL3-Ag). Currently TTU only has ABSL1 and ABSL2 containment facilities.
The links below provide specific information about the BioSafety & BioSecurity Program at Texas Tech.Animal Materials
Arthropods & Vectors
Biological Risk Assessment
BioSafety & BioSecurity Home Page
BioSafety PI Responsibilities
Human & Non-Human Primate Materials
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
IBC Protocol Registration
Occupational Health Program (OHP)
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Transporting Biological Materials
Working Safely with Biological Materials