Wellesley College's Biosafety Program puts forth programs to protect faculty, staff and students from exposure to biohazardous materials, to guard against the release of biohazardous materials that may harm humans, animals, plants or the environment, and to protect the integrity of experimental materials. Responsibility for oversight of the program resides with the Environmental Health and Safety Office, the Science Center Office and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). All recombinant or synthetic DNA studies, pathogenic organisms, and bloodborne pathogens must be registered with the IBC.
Wellesley College Information:
- Biosafety Manual (includes info on risk assessment, roles and responsibilities, biosafety cabinets, PPE, autoclave use, and waste disposal)
- Registration Form for Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and Infectious Agent Research
- Amendment Form for Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and Infectious Agent Research
- American Biological Safety Assocation (ABSA) - Video - Working at Animal Biosafety Levels 1, 2, and 3
- ABSA - Risk Group Classification for Infectious Agents: Risk Group Database
- Biosafety Links from ABSA
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition
- CDC Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biological Safety Cabinets - 3rd Edition
- CDC's Online Lab Safety Training
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
- Public Health Agency of Canada - MSDS for Infectious Substances
- World Health Organization (WHO) Laboratory Biosafety Manual
The OSHA Lab standard applies to all employees working with hazardous chemicals in the laboratory. The Chemical Hygiene Plan addresses how to safely work with hazardous chemicals to prevent occupational exposure in the laboratory.
- Standard Operating Procedures for Hazardous Chemicals
- OSHA Laboratory Standard - Safety & Health Topics Page and Lab Safety Fact Sheets
- OSHA Hazardous & Toxic Substances - Safety and Health Topics Page
- American Chemical Society - Committee on Chemical Safety - Booklet "Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, 7th Edition Volume 1 Accident Prevention for College and University Students"
- American Chemical Society - Committee on Chemical Safety - Booklet "Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, 7th Edition Volume 2 Accident Prevention for Faculty and Administrators"
- American Chemical Society - Committee on Chemical Safety - Brochure "Safety for Introductory Chemistry Students Brochure"
- Chemical Safety Board - Video on Lab Accidents entitled "Experimenting with Danger” is now available. See here for the news release by the CSB
- Laboratory Chemicals Safety Summaries from Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Disposal of Chemicals by the National Research Council in 1995.
The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible for ensuring that users of ionizing radiation are in compliance with existing regulatory requirements, such that any resultant radiation exposures are as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). These objectives are accomplished through a radiation safety program that includes protocol review, continuous accountability of materials and devices, radiation safety training, laboratory waste processing and personnel dosimetry. Responsibility for oversight of the program resides with the Science Center Office.
Wellesley College is committed to pollution prevention and the management of hazardous chemical waste in compliance with applicable regulations. It is Wellesley’s goal to reduce, reuse or recycle, when possible. Hazardous chemical waste is managed by the EHS Office and the Science Center.
Other types of waste in the laboratory include biological, spill clean-up material, universal and medical wastes. Information on disposal practices can be found on the EHS website under Waste Management
- American Chemical Society Less is Better - for waste minimization concepts for labs
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