Biosafety Links

Agencies

General Regulatory Agency Links
Government and Other Technical Agencies
State Government Web Sites
International
Pertinent Government Agency Alerts
Rumor Management
ABSA/OSHA Fact Sheets

Rules/Regulations/Guidelines

Import and Export Permits for
Pathogens and Infectious Agents

Biosafety Guidelines
BMBL Change Matrix
Infectious Shipping

Biosecurity

Bioterrorism
State Bioterrorism Bills/Laws/Regulations

Technical Links & Papers

More technical web links
More CDC articles

Also, See Training Tools/Resources

 

Pertinent Government Agency Alerts

NIOSH Needlestick Alert

NIOSH Latex Safety Alert

NIOSH Animal Asthma Alert

 

Rumor Management

Urban Myths
http://www.urbanmyths.com/

CDC Rumors and Hoaxes
http://www.cdc.gov/hoax_rumors.htm

 

Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

 

General Regulatory Agency Links

OSHA Home Page
http://www.osha.gov/

Environmental Protection Agency Home Page
http://www.epa.gov/

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Home Page
http://www.nrc.gov/

Food and Drug Administration Home Page
http://www.fda.gov/

Research and Special Projects Administration (RSPA)
http://www.rita.dot.gov/

Federal Register Search Engine
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/search.html

Code of Federal Regulations Search Engine
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html

 

Government and Other Technical Agencies

These are agencies with references to EHS in general and biological safety in particular.

WHO Home Page
http://www.who.int/

Belgian Biosafety Server (This site has tons of references for all of Europe!)
http://www.biosafety.be/

Health and Safety Executive UK
http://www.hse.gov.uk/

NIOSH Home Page
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html

ORDA Home Page
http://www4.od.nih.gov/oba/

NIH rDNA Guidelines (new format)
http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/nih_guidelines_oba.html

CDC Home Page
http://www.cdc.gov/

International Air Transport Association
http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Pages/index.aspx

National Sanitation Foundation Internal Home Page
http://www.nsf.org/

 

State Government Web Sites

State Workers' Compensation Officials
http://www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec/regs/compliance/wc.htm

50 State's Regulatory Agencies Web Sites
http://www.clay.net/statag.html

State and Local Government on the Net
http://www.statelocalgov.net

 

International

CEN Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard

Belgian Biosafety Server (European Biosafety Topics)

Office of Biosafety, LCDC (Canada)

OHASIS, Office of Health and Safety Information Systems (CDC)

Select Agent Website

International Veterinary Biosafety Workgroup

European Biosafety Association



 

Rules / Regulations / Guidelines

NAPPO APPROVED RSPM 22 "Guidelines for Construction and Operation of a Containment Facilityfor Insect and Mite Biological Control Agents"

Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Biosafety Guidelines for Laboratory Workers

HHS security guidelines for synthetic DNA manufacturers

Bloodborne Pathogens
29 CFR 1910.1030 (OSHA)

Bloodborne Pathogens Compliance Directive (PDF)

Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 100-185)

HazMat Safety

Select Agent Final Rule
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
(PDF 247KB)

CDC Correspondence to ABSA
regarding Final Rule
(MSWord 48k)

Select Agent Final Rule
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) (PDF 333KB)

Hazardous Waste (EPA)

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

IBC Resources

Microbiology (EPA)

IAQ (EPA)

Needlestick Standard (OSHA)

Respirator (NIOSH)

Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
29 CFR 1910.1450 (OSHA)

Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

Personal Protective Equipment
(29 CFR 1910.132-139)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

WHO Laboratory Biosecurity Guidance

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets and Risk Assessment(Public Health Agency of Canada)

 

Import and Export Permits for Pathogens and Infectious Agents

CDC import permit applications are available from the following site:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/imprtper.htm

US Department of Commerce provides information on the export of infectious substances and other biological materials:
[link broken make a suggestion]

Both the BMBL and Etiologic Agent permits pages and other biosafety reference information can be reached through the CDC Office of Health and Safety biosafety page:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/biosfty.htm

USDA Veterinary Services National Center for Import and Export
[link broken make a suggestion]

APHIS web site for import and shipment permits for animal and plant pathogens as well as biotechnology (plant and agricultural microorganism) permits:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import.html

Draft FDA guidance document on selection of disposable gloves
http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/comp/guidance/1141.pdf

AIHA Biosafety web link
http://www.aiha.org/insideaiha/volunteergroups/labHandScommittee/LabHSTechnicalTopics/Pages/Biosafety.aspx

NIH Division of Safety Publications web site
http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/ds/pubs/index.html

Dictionary of Safety Terms - Spanish to English
http://www.orosha.org/pdf/dictionary/spanish-english.pdf

Dictionary of Safety Terms - English to Spanish
http://www.orosha.org/pdf/dictionary/english-spanish.pdf

 

BMBL Change Matrix

Applied Biosafety Journal Article - Comparative Analysis of the Fourth and Fifth Editions of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, Vertebrate Animal Biosafety Level Criteria (ABSL1-4)(PDF 116KB)

Download the ABSL1-4 Matrix(XLS 312KB)

Applied Biosafety Journal Article - Comparative Analysis of the Fourth and Fifth Editions of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories Section IV (BSL2-4)(PDF 176KB)

Download the BSL2-4 Matrix(XLS 300KB)

UPDATED--Letter to the Editors as published in (Vol. 13, No. 3, 2008)

 

Infectious Substances Shipping Guidelines

Everything you need to know about shipping infectious substances safely. Learn how to ship infectious substances by any mode of transport anywhere in the world. The Infectious Substances Shipping Guidelines are outlined in a convenient, easy-to-read manual with up-to-date information on the regulations. This time saving handbook features easy-to-follow transportation guidelines for road, air and courier, sets out national and international regulations and provides training requirements and examples of actual documentation. The how-to checklists cover every step of the shipping process including classification, identification, packaging, marking, labelling and handling. Published annually only in English.

Link for IATA online store: https://www.iataonline.com/Store/default.htm



 

Biosecurity


ABSA Biosecurity Task Force White Paper: Understanding Biosecurity (January 2003)

Security Considerations for Microbiological and Biomedical Facilities, Anthology of Biosafety V - BSL4 Laboratories, Chapter 6 (2002)

Understanding, Assessing, and Communicating Topics Related to Risk in Biomedical Research Facilities, Anthology of Biosafety IV - Issues in Public Health, Chapter 10 (2001)

FAQs for New Select Agent Regulation (42 CFR 73)

Interim Final Rule: CDC; Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins; 42 CFR Part 73

Interim Rule: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Possession, Use, and Transfer of Biological Agents and Toxins [link broken make a suggestion]

Laboratory Security and Emergency Response Guidance for Laboratories Working with Select Agents -MMWR 51(RR19)

USA PATRIOT Act: Expansion of the Biological Weapons Statute (PDF 64k)

"Does Your Research Have Dual Use Potential?". Brochure available in PDF form on the Web site of the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (PDF 420k)

 

Bioterrorism

AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy
http://cstsp.aaas.org

Bioterorism Resources, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
http://www.apic.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PracticeGuidance/Topics/Bioterrorism/Bioterrorism.htm

CDC's Bioterrrorism web site
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/

U.S.Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USARMRIID), Fort Detrick, MD
http://www.usamriid.army.mil/

Health Canada/ Office of Biosafety : Bioterrorism Statement
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/01vol27/dr2704ea.html

Bioterrorism Readiness Plan - A Template for Health Care Facilities, APIC
http://www.apic.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PracticeGuidance/Topics/Bioterrorism/Bioterrorism.htm#Readiness_Planning

Bioterrorism and Public Health Summary (Health Canada)
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/01vol27/dr2704ea.html

Biological and Chemical Terrorism: Strategic Plan for Preparedness and Response. Recommendations of the CDC Strategic Planning Workgroup. MMWR 49 (RR04):1-14. April 21,2000
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4904a1.htm

Chemical and Biological Arms Control Report - Bioterrorism in the United States : The Threat, Preparedness and Response
http://www.cbaci.org/

Center for the Study of Bioterrorism and Emerging Infections (St. Louis University)
http://bioterrorism.slu.edu/

Center for Biodefense Studies (John Hopkins University)
http://www.hopkins-biodefense.org/

Hawley, Robert J., PhD. "Biological Weapons - A Primer for Microbiologists", Annual Review of Microbiology and Human Genetics, 55:235-253. 2001.
http://micro.annualreviews.org/cgi/content/full/55/1/235?ijkey=enEHjLfv2n34o&keytype=ref

Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Defense Information Analysis Center
https://www.cbrniac.apgea.army.mil

FM3-3 Chemical and Biological Contamination Avoidance, Chapter 4, Biological Agents, U. S. Army
http://library.enlisted.info/field-manuals/series-3/FM3-3/CH4.PDF

Chemical and Biological Weapons Non-proliferation Project
http://cns.miis.edu/programs/cbwnp/

Federation of American Scientists, Non Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
http://www.fas.org/

Title 32 CFR 627, Subpart H.200, DA Pamphlet 385-69. The Biological Defense Program. Technical Safety Requirements
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_00/32cfr627_00.html

Medscape - Bioterrorism: Preparing for the Future (Accessible from CDC Bioterrorism web site, you must register to access information through Medscape)
http://www.medscape.com/

National Symposium on Medical and Public Health Response to Bioterrrorism, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Volume 5, No. 4, July - August 1999
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol5no4/pdf/v5n4.pdf

NATO Handbook on the Medical Aspects of Defensive Operations AmedP-6(B), Part II -Biological
http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/doctrine/dod/fm8-9/2toc.htm

Investigating Disease Outbreaks under a Protocol to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Mark Wheelis, University of California, Davis, California USA . Emerging Infectious Diseases 6 (6) 2000 CDC
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2640916/

 

State Bioterrorism Bills/Laws/Regulations

North Carolina Bioterrorism Agent Registry
http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/bioagent/



 

Technical Links & Papers

NIH Genetic Modification Clinical Research Information System (GeMCRIS)
http://www.gemcris.od.nih.gov/

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
http://www.acgih.org

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
http://www.aiha.org

From the CDC web site: CDC Hospital Infection Programs http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/hip/

January 17, 1997 CDC Needle Safety Device Study
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00045648.htm

RTECS - Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/rtecs.html

The BMBL is available directly from:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/bmbl5/bmbl5toc.htm

CDC Prevention Guidelines Database
http://aepo-xdv-www.epo.cdc.gov/wonder/PrevGuid/PrevGuid.htm

Consolidated CDC Post- Exposure Recommendations (June 29,2001)
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5011a1.htm

DHHS/PHS National Toxicology Program, 10th Report on Carcinogens
http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/index.cfm?objectid=72016262-BDB7-CEBA-FA60E922B18C2540

From the OSHA web site: Latex Allergy folder
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/latexallergy/index.html

Needlestick Prevention Folder, including the revised OSHA bloodborne pathogen compliance directive
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/needlestick/index.html

The above OSHA needlestick folder includes links to the following sites: University of Virginia Health Care Worker Safety Center
http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/epinet/

Emergency Care Research Institute
http://www.ecri.org/

Training for Development of Innovative Control Technologies
http://www.tdict.org/

California SHARPS Program
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/cal_vpp/eagle.html

 

More technical web links

Occupational & Environmental Medicine
http://www.acoem.org/welcome.htm

National Pesticide Information Center
http://npic.orst.edu/

Canadian Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDS)
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/index-eng.php

American Type Culture Collection
http://www.atcc.org/

Virus Databases on Line
http://www.ictvdb.org/

Journal of Gene Medicine
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291521-2254

Knowing How to Practice Safe Science (Howard Hughes Institute)
http://www.practicingsafescience.org/

OIE - World Organization for Animal Health
http://www.oie.int/eng/en_index.htm

 

More CDC articles

Update: Investigation of Anthrax Associated with Intentional Exposure and Interim Public Health Guidelines, October, 2001
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5041a1.htm

Recognition of Illness Associated with the Intentional Release of a Biologic Agent
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5041a2.htm

Investigation of case of anthrax in Texas Laboratory Worker
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5113a4.htm

Investigation of case of anthrax in Texas Laboratory Worker
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5122a4.htm

State of Alaska Department of Human Services : Bugwars (Community Tabletop Bioterrorism Exercise)
http://www.ci.anchorage.ak.us/healthchd/bugwars.cfm

ASHRAE Report: "Risk Management Guidance for Health and Safety Under Extraordinary Circumstances" - January 12, 2002 (PDF. file, under "News and Events")
http://www.ashrae.org/

Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
http://securebuildings.lbl.gov/

CDC/NIH: Guidance for Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological and Radiological Attacks
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/bldvent/2002-139.html

Office of Homeland Security
http://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/


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