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Biological Safety

Merja Karwoski

Merja Karwoski
Safety Specialist (Biological)
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Work with hazardous biological agents in research laboratories has expanded as new infectious agents and diseases have emerged. It is crucial to provide safe methods, facilities and equipment for managing infectious materials in the microbiological and biomedical laboratories where they are being handled or maintained. The risk assessment of the work to be done with a specific biohazard helps to determine the appropriate combination of all above mentioned elements to reduce or eliminate exposure of the laboratory staff, the community, and the environment to potentially harmful biological agents.

Training is a key requisite to guarantee the fundamental objective of biological safety programs to provide a safe and healthy environment for the campus community. EH&S at UT Arlington offers training in general laboratory safety and in bloodborne pathogens and gives support in the effort to adequately protect UT Arlington employees from occupational exposure and to achieve regulatory compliance with the Texas Department of State Health Services regulations.

EH&S biological safety program also includes disposal of microbiological, pathological, animal, blood/blood product waste and sharps.

Police: 817-272-3003
Environmental Health & Safety: 817-272-2185
Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222

Newsletter Article: Reducing Bioburden in Biological Laboratories (expanded)


Minors in Laboratories or Similar Facilities

UT Arlington Biological Safety (8-10)

Glove Procedures
SOP: Steam Autoclaves
SOP: Performance Verification of Steam Autoclave Kill Cycle
SOP: Steam Chemical Integrators/ Sterilization Assurance/ Steam Autoclave Kill Cycle
SOP: Request for Biological Waste Removal
SOP: Ethidium Bromide Use and Disposal
SOP: Proper Use of Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) as a Chemical Disinfectant in Biolaboratories 


Manuals and Guidelines

UT Arlington Biosafety Manual

Biohazard Recognition & Control Manual

Biological Waste Management and Disposal Instructions

Biological Safety Cabinet Certification

Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens (Bloodborne Pathogen Manual)

Guidelines for Shipping/Transporting Non-Infectious Biological Materials

Lab Safety Manual

Tips & Information for Lab Personnel

NEW!!  Guidelines for Working with Vaccinia Virus and Other Orthopoxviruses

Employee Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Guidelines

Student Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Guidelines

Universal Precautions for Bloodborne Pathogens

Guidelines for Addressing Suspicious Mail

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets

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