1. Read the SIUE “Policy on Biohazardous Material Use”
2. If you believe that you may intend to do the types of activities covered by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), read the IBC Definition of Biohazardous Material and compare to your planned use of biological materials.
3. If your planned activity type is covered by the IBC AND it includes the use of Biohazardous Materials, then you must do a professional Risk Assessment and complete an IBC Risk Assessment form according to both its referenced, and its explicit guidance. For all activities with biohazardous materials whether covered by the IBC or not, please consult the Emergency Management & Safety Department for other requirements.
Note that it may be useful to consult the “Agent Summary Statements” in Appendix VIII of the Centers for Disease Control manual “Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories.” Keep in mind however that these agent summaries, while useful, are NOT a complete listing of biohazardous materials, nor the definitive word on risk assessment for those biohazardous materials.
Submit the completed IBC Risk Assessment form to the Linda Skelton, Coordinator of the IBC.
If at this point you are sure that your activity will be classified as Biosafety Level 2 or higher, complete both the Risk Assessment and the full Application to Use Biohazardous Material. Submit both together to the full IBC via Linda Skelton, the IBC Coordinator.
4. If you submit only the Risk Assessment form, the chair of the IBC will advise you as to whether you may proceed immediately, or whether you must submit a full Application to Use Biohazardous Material. Submit to the full IBC via Coordinator, Linda Skelton.
5. For all activities with biohazardous materials whether covered by the IBC or not, please consult the SIUE Emergency Management & Safety Department for other requirements.