Environmental Health & Safety


What is Biosafety?

Biosafety is the application of knowledge, techniques and equipment to prevent personal, laboratory and environmental exposure to potentially infectious agents or biohazards. Biosafety defines the containment conditions under which infectious agents can be safely manipulated. We specify the responsibilities, practices, procedures, facility construction, and operational standards required for safe handling and use of biohazardous materials for research and teaching activities.


UC Presidential Directive on Biosafety, March 2015




Bloodborne Pathogens

For more information,
refer to the Training
Schedule of Classes

Biological Use Authorization (BUA)

BUA Functional Chart
Exposure Control Plan
Appendix A Vaccination Declination Form
Appendix B Biohazard Symbol
Appendix C HBV/HCV information
Appendix D HIV information
Appendix E Exposure Control Plan template
Vaccination Declination Form
Standard Operating Procedures [template]
for biological materials

Biohazardous Waste Pickup

Biological Safety Cabinets
Institutional Biosafety Committee
Medical Waste Management Plan
Responsibilities of PIs
Spill Cleanup
Biohazardous and Medical Waste Disposal Requirements

Our program provides regulatory oversight via the following:

Regulations are set forth by the federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Center for Disase Control (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH), and the university. Learn more about our services and areas of expertise.


Download new BSL signs:

  1. Biosafety Level BSL-2 biological agents
  2. Biosafety Level BSL-2+ biological agents
  3. Biosafety Level BSL-2P biological agents

How do I keep myself safe and healthy?

Principal Investigators should review their responsibilities regarding biohazard materials. Learn more about the proper use of equipment, such as autoclaves and Biological Safety Cabinets. Follow properspill cleanup procedures. Familiarize yourself with our Biosafety Glossary of Terms. Review quick one-page Biosafety Fast Facts.

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E-mail: ehs@ucr.edu