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The primary objective of the UT Biosafety Program 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.

Biosafety Announcements


The Safety and Compliance departments are co-sponsoring “The Environmental Health & Safety Academy” with The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health for October 19th & 20th.

Reserve your spot today! 


IBC Announcements

The October meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 3 pm in the Plant Biotechnology Building, Room 410 on the Agriculture Campus. To ensure that renewals and new registration submissions are reviewed during this meeting, please have all submissions emailed to by no later than Friday, October 2, 2015.

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