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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

  • 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

  • Approved by the IBC November 16, 2011
  • IBC Update

 

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.