Important Notice about Working with SARS-CoV-2 derived
Nucleic Acids/Products

Laboratories using PCR to amplify SARS-CoV-2 genes or those working with amplified antigen (e.g., cloning in non-pathogenic organisms) must adhere to strict procedures for preventing contamination of lab space and personnel with these materials that may trigger a laboratory-associated positive COVID-19 test result. Please review these guidelines for best practices to prevent contamination of laboratories and research personnel with SARS-CoV-2 genomic fragments.


Achieving a positive safety culture is a team effort, involving the research community, university services, other organizations, as well as students.  The mission of the Biosafety Section is consistent with the EH&S mission to provide useful tools and applications to aid faculty and staff in their efforts to maintain a safe and compliant workplace.  The links from this page are designed to help workers safely manage biological agents or substances present in or arising from the work environment that present or may present a hazard to the health or well-being of the worker, university, community, or the environment.



Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Find forms and instructions on registering biological materials

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Plan

Guidance information on occupational exposure to human blood, blood products, tissues, or cells

Exposure Response to Infectious Disease 

Information on the appropriate steps to initiate if a concern arises regarding exposure to biological material on campus

Shipping Biological Material

Requirements for those shipping biological materials

Biosafety program FAQ’s and resources

Get detailed information about regulations, policies and forms

New Principal Investigators & Lab Managers

Review guidelines and application materials for leadership roles related to use of biological materials


Find guidance material for the use of Autoclaves