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Biosafety Links

Biosafety in Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratories-5th Edition Online addition of the CDC-NIH’s standard reference on Biological Safety (June, 2008) 

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

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. TheseSDS are produced for personnel working in the life sciences as quick safety reference material relating to infectious microorganisms. 

The National Select Agents Registry Program The CDC and USDA requires that laboratories using or shipping certain toxins and high-hazard microorganisms obtain prior CDC/USDA approval for these activities. If you have any questions about compliance or applicability, contact EHS; 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 (January, 2011). The Guidelines are administered and enforced by the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities. See also Investigator responsibilities under the NIH guidelines” brochure.

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

Institute of Comparative Medicine Homepage for the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine. Check here for useful forms, training, and documents pertaining to the use of laboratory animals.

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.

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Ergonomics Guidelines Information from OSHA regarding ergonomics in the workplace

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.

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

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

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.

New York Presbyterian Hospital

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