IBC Decisions

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Guidance from the Texas A&M Institutional Biosafety Committee

  • Biosafety Level 1 spill procedure (PDF)
    • Approved by the IBC on July 28, 2010
    • As required by the NIH Guidelines Section IV-B-2-b-(6)
  • Biosafety Level 2 spill procedure (PDF)
    • Approved by the IBC on December 15, 2010
    • As required by the NIH Guidelines Section IV-B-2-b-(6)
  • Sample training documentation for visitors (PDF) or (Word)
    • Approved as an example for PI use on December 15, 2010
    • This document is available for PIs to utilize as a guide to train guests and occasional visitors to the lab and to document training. It is the PI's responsibility to provide agent-specific and lab-specific training to all visitors entering a lab to perform research, teaching, or testing activities with biohazards.
  • Use of chemical disinfectants, appropriate to the agent (e.g., bleach), for decontamination of liquid waste generated in the BL1 and BL2 laboratories.
    • Approved by the IBC on April 27, 2011
  • IBC updates to laboratory inspections and personal protective equipment
  • Researchers Who Work with Pregnant Sheep Inside Facilities
  • IBC adopted a standard set of guidelines covering the disposal of recombinant and non-recombinant Drosophila melanogaster at Texas A&M University.
    • Approved by the IBC April 23, 2014
    • The IBC accepts the following means of disposal as meeting the letter, spirit, and intent of the NIH Guidelines and the BMBL:
      1. Flies, larvae, and eggs contained in vials or bottles will be killed (100% lethality at all life stages) by continuous exposure to -20°C for periods of no less than 24 hours followed by disposal as solid, non-hazardous, waste. Each bag/container of disposed fly waste should be labeled with the date and time it was placed in the -20oC freezer. The containers must be kept at -20oC for a minimum of 24 hours and the freezing process must be validated bi-annually by placing a fly vial filled with water in the center of a full bag/container to ensure the 24-hour freezing process was successful.
      2. Flies, larvae, and eggs contained in vials or bottles may also be killed by autoclaving and disposed of as solid, non-hazardous waste.