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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.

IBC Announcements

The June IBC meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 21, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in the Plant Biotechnology Bldg, Room 410. To ensure that renewals and new registration submissions are reviewed during this meeting, please have all submissions emailed to by no later than Friday, June 3, 2017 for the June Meeting.

The IBC Annual Report for FY2016 is available here.


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