The development of a university biological safety program is undertaken for essentially the same reasons as you would develop any safety program. Protection of the laboratory personnel and the environment is critical to all research and classroom activities involving biological agents. Increasing awareness and knowledge of biosafety issues and providing applicable training opportunities will develop and maintain safe work practices and promote exemplary laboratory operations.
The biosafety program at CMU has been designed to comply with federal, state and local regulations. Although aseptic techniques have long been established, the administration of biosafety programs are evolving along with cutting edge molecular techniques and protocols involving recombinant DNA technology. Institutional policies must be risk based, carefully assessed, and critically reviewed on a case by case basis. Principal Investigators must work closely with biosafety professionals to provide key information for novel research projects and to monitor changes that could potentially increase the risks. After the biological risks have been evaluated, approval is granted by the CMU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Composed of diverse, knowledgeable and interested members within the university and surrounding community, the IBC members collectively evaluate the research to be sure the work can be conducted in the safest manner possible.
Thomas E. Schultz
Biology Department/132 Brooks Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Telephone: 989 774-3279 Fax: 989 774-3462