High-Containment Facilities

If your research involves working in a BSL-3, ABSL-3, or BSL-3P you must be aware of the program requirements.

High-Containment or Biosafety Level 3 “is applicable to clinical, diagnostic, teaching, research, or production facilities where work is performed with indigenous or exotic agents that may cause serious or potentially lethal disease through the inhalation route of exposure. Laboratory personnel must receive specific training in handling pathogenic and potentially lethal agents, and must be supervised by scientists competent in handling infectious agents and associated procedures. All procedures involving the manipulation of infectious materials must be conducted within BSCs or other physical containment devices” (BMBL 5th edition).

New and Continuing users of High-Containment Spaces:

  • You must comply with the BSL-3 Training Policy (.pdf)
  • New users should submit their Background Skills document (.doc) to the High-Containment Facility Officer and arrange for a meeting early in the training process.
  • Proficiency checklists (.doc) should be edited to include your specific activities. No person shall be granted independent access to High-Containment spaces without a proficiency checklist on-file with the High-Containment Facility Officer. 
We highly recommended that new High-Containment laboratory personnel attend training at the UC Irvine Center of Excellence.