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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. UT Arlington EH&S offers training in general laboratory safety in bloodborne pathogens, in biosafety level 2 special practices, and gives support in the effort to adequately protect UTA employees from occupational exposure and to achieve regulatory compliance with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

EH&S biological safety program also includes disposal of microbiological, animal, blood/other potentially infected materials 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)


UTA Biological Safety (8-10)

Minors in Laboratories or Similar Facilities

Biological Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Manuals and Guidelines

UTA Biosafety Manual

NEW! Class II Biosafety Cabinets: Part 1 - Introduction & Type A2

NEW! Class II Biosafety Cabinets: Part 2 - Proper Use

NEW! Class II Biosafety Cabinets: Part 3 - Spills & Decontamination Guidelines

Biological Safety Cabinet Certification

UTA Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens

Guidelines for Shipping/Transporting Non-Infectious Biological Materials

Laboratory Safety Manual (Chemical Hygiene Plan)

Tips and Information for Laboratory Personnel

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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