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Pathogens - Infectious Agents

General Information

All projects involving potentially infectious or pathogenic material, regardless of funding, must be registered with the Environmental Health & Safety Office (EH&S) prior to initiation of work.

The University of Texas at Arlington follows the biological safety guidance found in Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, CDC/NIH, Fifth Edition, February 2007.  Safety procedures for the University are outlined in UT Arlington’s Biohazard Recognition and Control Manual.

APPLICABILITY

Materials considered potentially infectious/pathogenic may include: bacterial agents, fungal agents, viruses, parasites, toxin agents, prions, and human tissue or body fluid.   

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC’s) Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th edition (the “BMBL”) categorizes biological agents/material into containment levels referred to as Biosafety Level 1, 2, 3, or 4.  These classifications are based on infectivity, severity of disease, transmissibility, and the nature of the work being conducted.

Currently, there are no research projects on the UTA campus classified above Biosafety Levels 1 or 2.  Use of pathogenic agents classified as Biosafety Levels 3 or 4 will require involvement and approval by UTA Administration.  If you are considering using any of the agents classified as BSL 3 or BSL 4, please notify Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S).

BMBL’s Agent Summary Statements:
Human Cells, Tissues, Blood, Body Fluid
Bacterial Agents
Fungal Agents
Parasitic Agents
Rickettsial Agents
Viral Agents
Toxin Agents

TRAINING PROCEDURES

In addition to registration of work involving potentially pathogenic agents/material, training is required for research personnel.  The training is available online.  For the training modules listed below, log-in using your UTA net ID and password: https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/loginscreen.php?view=7.

Hazard Communication Training - Required for employees and research personnel who work with or have the potential to be exposed to hazardous chemicals and/or materials.  

Bloodborne Pathogen Training - Required for employees and research personnel who work with or have the potential to be exposed to human blood, body fluids, or tissue. 

Vaccinia Training - Required for employees and research personnel who work in a laboratory with the vaccinia virus.

LAB CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Labs conducting work with pathogenic agents must be inspected by EH&S prior to initiation.  EH&S will certify the laboratory, assess training needs, and provide the appropriate lab signage.  Please contact EH&S at 817-272-2185 or ehsafety@uta.edu to begin the lab certification process.

EH&S’s Biosafety Lab Evaluation Form 

Additional Resources: 
UT-Arlington Lab Safety Manual
Hazard Communication Program
Biohazard Recognition and Control Manual
Exposure Control Plan 
Request for Disposal – Biological 
Request for Disposal – Chemical

For questions or assistance, please contact Environmental Health & Safety.

REVIEW PROCEDURES

To register use of potentially infectious/pathogenic material, please complete the Human Pathogen Registration Document (HPRD) and submit to EH&S:

E-mail: ehsafety@uta.edu 
Mail: Environmental Health & Safety, Box #19257
Fax: 817-272-2144
Drop-Off: Environmental Health & Safety Bldg., 500 Summit Ave.
Phone: 817-272-2185
Web: http://policy.uta.edu/index.php?navid=13459