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Biological Safety

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Biological safety programs have been established at Clarkson University to provide a central registry of potentially hazardous microbial agents, animals and other hazardous biologicals, oversight of recombinant DNA activities, surveillance and certification of biological safety cabinets and laminar flow benches and to control exposures to bloodborne pathogens.


Clarkson University maintains a mandated Biosafety Committee consisting of 5 members, one of which must be the University Safety Officer. Other members are faculty and staff who have expertise in safe handling and use of recombinant DNA and infectious agents technology; two members must be unaffiliated with Clarkson and represent the interests of the surrounding community with respect to health and protection of the environment. The Chair of the Committee on Biosafety is a tenured faculty member.

If you intend to use recombinant DNA, infectious agents, or other biohazards in your research or teaching, you must prepare and submit an application to the Biosafety Committee.

Bloodborne Pathogens


  • BSL 1 and BSL 2 biosafety training is covered in the General Laboratory Safety training.
  • Bloodborne pathogen training (initial and annual refresher) must be scheduled seperately with the EHS Manager.
  • Human subjects training is a required online training through CITI for all research involving human subjects.

Regulatory Resources & Guidance

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)