Biological Safety Lab Outreach
The Office of Biological Safety conducts “Outreach Visits” to all campus labs conducting research covered in a biosafety protocol, in an effort to improve the service we provide to the campus community and to ensure we remain compliant with the NIH Guidelines.
PIs or designated lab members should complete the Biosafety Laboratory Inspection Guide form and return by email using the address listed below prior to a scheduled outreach visit by OBS. The Biosafety Lab Inspection Guidance Form can assist with filling out the the inspection form.
To request and schedule an outreach visit at your convenience, please call or email our office:
Visits to facilities are conducted to ensure safe and compliant conduct of biological research.
Our goals include
- meet the needs of researchers for guidance on biosafety and regulatory issues;
- facilitate communication between staff and OBS;
- discuss facility issues;
- ensure that our records accurately reflect ongoing research activities;
- visit each laboratory every 1–2 years
These visits are designed to be informational, instructional and collegial. Here at the OBS it is important for us to develop a relationship with our laboratory PIs, graduate students, technicians and laboratory staff and support staff.
Through this relationship the OBS can be a resource for biosafety protocols, lab safety practices, regulatory information and updates, training and guidance. These elements are essential to foster growth in our exemplary research institution.