Pathogens - Infectious Agents
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the lab certification process.
EH&S’s Biosafety Lab Evaluation Form
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.
To register use of potentially infectious/pathogenic material, please complete the Human Pathogen Registration Document (HPRD) and submit to EH&S:
Mail: Environmental Health & Safety, Box #19257
Drop-Off: Environmental Health & Safety Bldg., 500 Summit Ave.