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.

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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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...

Jim Baugh

Campus Biosafety Officer
Biosafety
BUA
Controlled Substances
Lab Safety

Campus Committees

Certain high-hazard activities and equipment require additional safety training and written pre-approval. Faculty-led committees issue use authorizations for high hazard activities to ensure the work is safe and monitored appropriately. These include:

collapse all expand all Laboratory Operations & Safety Committee

Summary of Charges

The campus Laboratory Operations...

Ingrid Castro Rodriguez

Health & Safety Manager
Health & Safety
Controlled Substances
Administration

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.

JSAs Listed by Topic: Body Mechanics ...

Lab Decommissioning

Lab Equipment Decontamination Protocol Departments must identify equipment desired for release by creating a list for Equipment Management (contact: betshelp@berkeley.edu). Department equipment listings must provide a BETS #, Serial #, building and room number of the equipment intended for release. Departments must also include: equipment history, associated chemical use, biological use or radiation use authorizations - where applicable. Verify and update equipment building, room and description to...

Lentivirus Exposure Control Plan with Assessment Questionnaire - Non UHS

2024

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

Lentiviral vector use by entities that do not access University Health Services.