Technical Topics - Biosafety

Animals in Research 
Biological Safety Cabinets
Biological Sampling
Biosafety Levels and Checklists
Biosafety Levels and Risk Groups for Specific Microorganisms
Bloodborne Pathogens
Canada Office of Laboratory Security
CDC-NIH Guidelines
Cell Culture
Cell Sorters (Biosafety Issues)
Containment Facilities
  • Antimicrobial Chemical/Registration Indexes This US Environmental Protection Agency site has listings of EPA's registered antimicrobial products effective against certain blood borne/body fluid pathogens, Mycobacteria spp (tubercle bacteria), human HIV-1 virus, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C virus as well as products classified as sterilizers and products used for medical wastes. The lists are organized alphabetically by product names and by numerical order of their EPA Reg#. Information is current as of December 2, 2002. 

  • CDC References: Inactivation of HIV​

  • Liquid Disinfection Comparison Guide, from the University of Virginia Office of Environmental Health and Safety

  • WA Rutala & DJ Weber, New Disinfection and Sterilization Methods, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Volume 7, No. 2., CDC, March-April 2001

Equipment - Containment
  • The equipment listed in this section is provided for information purposes and is not endorsed by the AIHA Laboratory Health and Safety Committee.

  • Omni aerosol-sealed homogenizers

  • Freezing/Thawing Specimens

  • Cryogenic Materials, East Carolina University Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Importation Permits for Etiologic Agents, Cell Lines and Live Animals
International Agencies
Listserv - Biosafety
  • Biosafety, A Biosafety Discussion Group, is an excellent resource for exchanging biosafety information with colleagues all over the world. For information about subscribing, go to the following link
Material Safety Data Sheets for Infectious Substances
  • Material Safety Data Sheets for Infectious Substances from Canada's Health Protection Branch - Laboratory Centre for Disease Control. The MSDSs are organized to contain health hazard information such as infectious dose, viability (including decontamination), medical information, laboratory hazard, recommended precautions, handling information and spill procedures.  
Meningococcal Disease
Program Content Examples
Q Fever
Recombinant DNA Guidelines
Regulated Medical Waste
Sampling Methods
Select Agents
Shipping of Specimens/IATA
Synthetic Biology
Training Content Examples
  • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis:   Assessing your Laboratory, The Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors and Public Health Practice Program Office, CDC, 1995
Vacuum System Protection
Virus-Specific Information


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