Biological SafetyNets

Biological Safety





Sharps Safety Guidelines Guidelines on how to safely handle and dispose of sharps (i.e. scapels, needles, syringes, and laboratory glass, or pipette tips). 


Why Didn't the Custodian Pick Up My Trash? List of materials that custodians will not pick up, and that need to be properly disposed of. 


Effective Use of Autoclaves Review of proper use of autoclaves to ensure that they are used safely, effectively, and in compliance with applicable regulations.


Bloodborne Pathogen Standard List of pathogens and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).


Selecting Chemical Disinfectants List of disinfectants most commonly used in laboratories, some commercially available products, general use parameters, and more information that will assist you in selecting chemical disinfectants. 


Emergency Medical Care List of urgent care facilities in Davis.


Compressed Gas Safety General guidelines for use, transport, and storage of gas cylinders. 


Use of Chlorine Compounds as Disinfectants  General information about chlorine compounds as disinfectants. 


Antimicrobials are Pesticides  Guidelines to follow when using antimicrobials.


The Respiratory Protection Program Information regarding the respiratory protection program. 


Hazards of Ultraviolet Radiation General information regarding ultraviolet radiation coming from equipment such as biological safety cabinets, germicidal lamps, transluminators (UV light boxes), and Woods Lamps. This includes biological effects of UV and precautions to take when exposed to UV light.


Pregnancy and Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace: Physical and Biological Hazards General information regarding the physical and biological hazards that can affect pregnancy and reproductive ability; these hazards include ionizing radiation, radiofrequency/microwave radiation, magnetic fields, video display terminals, ultrasound, noise, hot/cold climate, and ergonomic consideration. 


Power Outages List of actions to take when the power goes out as a result of a planned "rolling blackout" or any other unexpected blackout. The list includes what actions to take in buildings including laboratories with emergency generators. 


Release of Equipment Guidelines to follow to properly decommission and decontaminate laboratory and analytical equipment which was used in conjunction with chemical, biological or radiological material prior to the release of equipment under their control or use. 


Laboratory Security Tips for Hazardous Materials Users  List of security recommendations to increase lab security including developing a written security plan and properly managing access to areas that contain hazardous materials. 


Reporting Work-related Fatalities and Serious Injuries or Illness  Steps to follow when reporting work-related fatalities and serious injuries or illness. 


Safety Management Program Guidelines for Department Safety Coordinators (DSCs)  Description of DSCs responsibilities including being safety representatives, organizing, and maintaining safety programs within their department or work unit. 


Biological and Biohazardous Spill Response An outline of the steps to take after a spill of any infectious agent or recombinant DNA material has occurred in your laboratory or in nearby areas such as in a corridor.


Safety Management Program Guidelines for Supervisors A brief summary, including helpful resources, of the supervisor specific elements of the Safety Management Program is included. Supervisors play a vital role in communications and enforcing the safety management and injury & illness prevention program to their employees. 


Safety Program Guidelines for Principal Investigators A checklist of the Principal Investigators responsibilities under campus policy. A brief summary of the elements of the Safety Management program is also included.