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Biosafety in Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratories-5th Edition Online addition of the CDC-NIH standard reference of the 5th Edition (April, 2007)

Biosafety Related SDS's   Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for chemical products have been available to workers for many years. However because many laboratory workers, whether in research, public health, teaching, etc., are exposed to not only chemicals but infectious substances as well, there was a large gap in the readily available safety literature for employees. These SDS are produced for personnel working in the life sciences as quick safety reference material relating to infectious microorganisms.

Laboratory Registration-Select Agent Transfer Program The CDC/USDA requires that laboratories using or shipping certain toxins or high risk microorganisms obtain prior approval for these activities. If you have any questions about compliance or applicability contact EH&S; a program is already in place to facilitate the approval process.

Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules  NIH guidelines that specify practices for constructing and handling: recombinant (DNA) molecule and organisms and viruses containing recombinant DNA molecules (May, 1999).

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Homepage for IACUC. Check here for useful forms, training, and documents pertaining to the use of laboratory animals.

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals  Online reference of the National Academy of Sciences reference (1996).

OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard  29CFR-1910.1030 listed here for your viewing pleasure.

Laboratory Security and Emergency Response Because of the growing concern about the possible use of biological, chemical, and radioactive materials as agents for terrorism, the CDC/NIH has added this section to the latest version of Biosafety in Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratories

Preparedness (Pandemic)

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Chemical Safety Links

SDS Links and Information  A great general information page regarding all things having to do with Safety Data Sheets.  If you have never encountered an SDS and want a great primer, then this is the place to start.  Maintained by Interactive Learning Paradigms, Incorporated.

SDS-Search   A compilation of SDS collections of various universities, manufacturers and government agencies with evaluations of each.  

Peroxide-forming chemicals  Check this page to see which of your chemicals will form dangerous peroxides upon aging.

Chemical Resistance Guide-Gloves  Wondering what sort of glove will do the job?  Here is a table that will give a general idea of the types of gloves recommended for work with certain classes of chemicals.

Protective Glove Standard  The University of Toronto's treatise on protective gloves.  The page includes when and wear gloves should be used, protective equipment terms, classification of hand hazards, etc.  A great place for general information on protective gloves.

NIOSH Latex Glove Alert Should you really be using those latex gloves? Check this out for information regarding allergies to latex.

Chemical Guide and Permeation Tables  Oklahoma's State University's guide to chemically resistant gloves and suits for individual chemicals with permeation rates.  There is also an downloadable spreadsheet of the same information.  Great site for finding out which gloves will be best for work with a specific chemical.

American Industrial Hygiene Association The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) provides an informative collection of technical links, safety resources, and incident reports at its Chemical Safety Links site


Ergonomics Guidelines Information from OSHA regarding ergonomics in the workplace

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Government and Other Safety-Related Agencies

ANSI Website for the American National Standards Institute

Center for Disease Control

Environmental Protection Agency   Web page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) Homepage Environmental Management Guide for Small Laboratories

US Government Printing Office Official Federal Government Information. A great place to look for Federal documents

HHMI Laboratory Safety Web Page Howard Hughes Medical Institute Laboratory Safety page

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regulatory information as will as educational resources for the State of New York.

New York City Department of Environmental Protection Information addressing New York City area Environmental concerns

New York City Department of Health For Issues concerning public health and safety in the New York City area, check this site out.

NIH Design Policy and Guidelines

NIH Extramural Research Facilities Construction Projects

NIOSH Homepage

OSHA  Occupational Safety and Health Administration

World Health Organization

General Interest Information

Columbia University Directory  Need to find that email address or phone number of a colleague? This is THE place to go.

Occupational Health Services

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Health Sciences Human Resources

NYPH Infonet Infonet

Radiation Safety

Virtual NYC

CPMCnet's collection of all things NYC including links to transportation, weather, culture, nightlife, and other general topics.

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