Policy identification number:
File: Safety & Health Policies
To ensure safe planning for the handling of biological agents, safe research behavior, safe disposal of infectious laboratory wastes and compliance with College policies and procedures, state laws and national regulatory standards.
June 6, 2018
June 6, 2018
biosafety vpfa b
Scheduled for Review
I. Policy Statement
All College research and instructional activities involving biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the Biosafety Committee prior to the use of any such materials. The Biosafety Committee has the responsibility to protect faculty, staff, students, visitors, and the local community and environment in regards to all research activities. Projects submitted for external review must be submitted for review by the Biosafety Committee prior to acceptance of funding.
II. Reason for Policy
To insure faculty, staff and students are cognizant of this policy and to insure compliance with federal and state regulations, following national best practices and mitigation of risk in work areas where biohazardous materials are used.
For following the policy: All employees and students
For enforcement of the policy: Biosafety Committee, Biological Safety Officer
For oversight of the policy: Provost and Vice President for Finance and Administration
For notification of policy: Policy Librarian
For procedures implementing the policy: Department Chairs of Biology and Physics/Engineering
IV. Consequences of Non-Compliance
The department chair in consultation with the dean will determine appropriate consequences for non-compliance according to the provisions in the Faculty Handbook, Part II, Section 17, “Dismissal and other Disciplinary Actions.” Disciplinary action up to and including termination as described in the Classified Employees Handbook, Exempt Employees Handbook.
VI. Cross-Referenced Policies
A. Fort Lewis College Biosafety Program
B. National References
a. CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL)
b. NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines)