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High-Containment Laboratory Oversight Group

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The High-Containment Laboratory Oversight Group was established to coordinate laboratory operations and practices for the use of infectious agents and toxins, with an emphasis on Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facilities.

Activities to include:

  • Coordinate laboratory operations, including
    • Preventative maintenance
    • Testing and verification
    • Planning of modification to existing and proposed high-containment facilities
  • Emergency management planning
  • Implementation of training for all laboratory-associated personnel groups


Evaluate biohazardous material inventories and assess biosafety practices toward the goal of enhanced stewardship of biohazards and improved individual and public safety.    


The group includes expertise from a cross-section of campus divisions, including:

  • Research
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Police
  • Construction
  • Planning
  • Administration

In addition, representatives from the following enterprises should be part of the group.

  • Representatives from:
    • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
    • Environmental Health and Safety Biosafety Unit
    • School of Medicine

UCOP will establish and facilitate a systemwide committee composed of Chairs and representatives of each campus's High-Containment Laboratory Oversight Group to enable sharing of best practices and development of policies and guidance.  The intent is to strengthen consistency in practices within the high-containment facilities and to provide a conduit for addressing ongoing BSL-3 issues to the President's Office.



Official letter from President Napolitano

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Contact EH&S at (951) 827-5528.


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