The primary objective of the Biosafety Program at the University of Tennessee is to ensure a safe working environment for faculty, staff and students.
In pursuit of this goal, our office ensures that laboratory facilities and operations conform to the regulatory requirements as set by: the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) of the University of Tennessee, the state of Tennessee and federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
To mitigate the inherent risks associated with the laboratory setting, we seek to build a culture of safe work practices at the university. To do so, we provide a variety of educational opportunities to those involved in the investigation of biological activities in the form of classroom and online training sessions as well as informational modules found within this website.
Our office also seeks to facilitate collaborative outreach between investigators at the University of Tennessee and the larger academic community. To this end, we provide support and training for all areas of shipping and permitting for the import and export of biological materials.
Finally, our office provides a route to properly dispose of both biologically hazardous and regulated medical wastes through our contracted disposal servicer.
The next Institutional Biosafety Committee meeting for March has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 3pm in the Plant Biotechnology Building, Room 223 on the Agriculture Campus. To ensure that renewals and new registration submissions are reviewed during this meeting, please have all submissions emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday, February 28, 2014.
For IBC Minutes and Annual Report Archives, please click here.
Initial Training Notice
The initial training of Biosafety Principles and Bloodborne Pathogens is done in a class setting. You must register for these classes by completing a registration form on that individual event listed on the events page. Contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 if there is a time conflict with your schedule. The Biosafety training is 60 minutes. Bloodborne Pathogen training immediately follows the Biosafety training, and will last about 30 minutes.
NOTE: If you are staff and require a temporary pass to park in Lot 66 for any of the trainings, contact the Biosafety Office at (865) 974-5547 to make arrangements prior to the training date.
Please see our Events page for a Biosafety Training Schedule.
Other UT Safety Resources
Radiation Safety Office — The use of radioisotopes in a research or clinical setting requires special consideration for the handling and storage of these materials.
Environmental Health & Safety Office — This office is the primary resource for OSHA-related information and support on the Knoxville campus. Programs include: chemical safety, hazardous waste, respiratory protection, emergency contingency plans and more.
Institute of Agriculture Safety Office — This office is the primary resource for OSHA-related information and support on the Institute of Agriculture campus. Programs include: chemical safety, hazardous waste, respiratory protection, emergency contingency plans and more.
Campus Safety — This website provides useful information in the event of an emergency and as a reminder about good safety habits.