Texas Tech University

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It is recognized that use of certain potentially infectious materials is necessary in many university research and teaching applications.  Work with microorganisms, recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids, human and animal materials, insect and animal vectors, and other agents of environmental concern requires special practices and procedures (and in some cases special equipment) to protect personnel, the environment, and the materials contained.  

Texas Tech University is actively committed to preserving the health and safety of its students, staff, and faculty and to protecting the environment and surrounding community; EHS provides guidance regarding the assessment, containment, and security of biological materials that complement the institutional operating policies which support compliance with the guidelines, recommendations, and regulations applicable to such work.

Resources & Links

TTU Laboratory Safety Manual

Centers for Disease Control

CDC-Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories 6th ed.

NIH-OSP Division of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Emerging Biotechnology

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets - Health Canada

American Biological Safety Association - ABSA International

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Texas Department of State Health Services - Bloodborne Pathogens

Model Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan

How to Work in a Biosafety Cabinet - instructional video

Safely doffing gloves - "Beaking" Method