Wellesley College's Biosafety Program serves 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 DNA studies, pathogenic organisms, and bloodborne pathogens must be registered with the IBC.
Wellesley College Information:
- 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
- CDC's Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition
- CDC's Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biological Safety Cabinets - 3rd Edition
- CDC's Online Lab Safety Training
- NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleir Acid Molecules
- Public Health Agency of Canada - MSDS for Infectious Substances
- World Health Organization 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 Pratices in the Laboratory: Handling and Disposal of Chemicals by the National Research Council in 1995.
The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible for ensuring that all 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 and solid wastes in compliance with applicable regulations. It is Wellesley’s goal to (a) reduce these wastes; (b) reuse or recycle them, when possible, and (c) manage them safely, and in accordance with the law. Waste is managed by the EHS Office and the Science Center Safety Officer. Information on disposal can be found on the EHS website.
Provided by the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2)
- American Chemical Society Less is Better - for waste minimization concepts for labs
- American Chemical Society - Laboratory Waste Management: A Guidebook
Other Important Information: