Biological Safety

Providing support, in the form of risk assessment, review, consultation and training, for research at UC Berkeley that involves the use of recombinant DNA, biohazardous materials and biological toxins.

Resources and Guides

Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

A JSA describes job tasks in step-by-step fashion, identifies associated hazards at each step, and outlines proper hazard controls that minimize the risk of injury or illness to the individual(s) performing that task.

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Biological Safety

Providing support, in the form of risk assessment, review, consultation and training, for research at UC Berkeley that involves the use of recombinant DNA, biohazardous materials and biological toxins.

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New Biological Use Authorization (BUA) Submission Process

February 5, 2024

The Biological Use Authorization (BUA) submission process is moving to the Risk & Safety Solutions (RSS) software system, RSS BUA, in time for the April CLEB Meeting! EH&S will be transferring your existing BUA data into the new system.

What do I need to do?

Please rework your BUA scope of work narrative to fit the new format of RSS BUA. This is the biggest change and requires attention and preparation by...

Ingrid Castro Rodriguez

Associate Director for Health & Safety
Health & Safety
Controlled Substances
Administration

New labs

How do I set up a new lab?

Note: Your department's Department Safety Coordinator (DSC) may have their own practices and guidelines. It is strongly suggested that you contact them for guidance. Not sure who your DSC is? Use the "Who's your DSC?" tool to find out!

Getting Started Email labsafety@berkeley.edu to have your new lab set up in our database. If you are a new Principal Investigator,...

Recombinant Nucleic Acid Template(s)

2024

Complete this attachment and upload it into your BUA if your research includes:

Recombinant nucleic acid experiments involving cells, plants, animals, microorganisms, and viruses.

Transgenic organisms, viruses, or cells grown, used, or stored on campus.

Common Biosafety Practices

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2024

To address general biosafety and standard practices for BSL1, BSL2, and/or ABSL1 work, please download and use the following document:

Common Biosafety Practices Provides sample language for BSL1, BSL2, and/or ABSL1 research procedures Customize the text to fit your own research practices and paste the relevant language into the "Experimental Procedures and Risk Assessment" section of your BUA.

Biological Use Authorization (BUA) Attachments and Resources

Step 1: Experimental Procedures and Risk Assessment

To address general biosafety and standard practices for BSL1, BSL2, and/or ABSL1 work, please download and use the following document:

Common Biosafety Practices Provides sample language for BSL1, BSL2, and/or ABSL1 research procedures Customize the text to fit your own research practices and paste the relevant language into the "Experimental...

Dispose of Waste

Master list of waste types is displayed below. Note: If you cannot find the item that you are trying to get rid of in this list, please contact EH&S at ehs@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-3073. collapse all expand all Aerosol Cans

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Jim Baugh

Campus Biosafety Officer
Biosafety
BUA
Controlled Substances
Lab Safety