Updated On November 21, 2016 - 3:21pm

September is Biosafety Stewardship Month

national biosafety stewardship monthDr. Francis Collins, NIH Director, issued a memo to all NIH grantee institutions announcing September is National Biosafety Stewardship Month.

Institutional Directives

During the month of September, institutions have been encouraged to:

  1. Reexamine current biosafety policies and procedures
  2. Conduct inventories of infectious agents and toxins in all laboratories and ensure appropriate containment and documentation exists
  3. Evaluate biosafety training of investigators, laboratory staff, and members of IBCs to include:
  • Reexamining training materials and practices;
  • Updating materials as appropriate; and
  • Ascertaining the appropriate frequency of training

UCLA researchers are strongly encouraged to participate by:

  1. Completing the new online UCLA IBC Compliance Training module. This can be taken here.
  2. Reviewing and updating SOPs.
  3. Conducting inventories of their infectious agents and of communal spaces within buildings.
  4. Ensuring all materials, even within communal storage spaces, are well-labeled
  5. Updating IBC protocols to reflect all infectious agents and all use and storage locations.
  6. Reviewing the training of all laboratory members and ensuring correct documentation including EH&S and laboratory-specific training.

Input/feedback?

  • For Institutional Biosafety Committee policies, procedures or oversight, email OIBC@research.ucla.edu.
  • For training and SOPs, email biosafety@ehs.ucla.edu.
  • Questions about Dr. Collins’ memo or National Biosafety Stewardship month, contact the NIH Program on Biosecurity and Biosafety Policy (PBBP) by email at PBBP@mail.nih.gov or by telephone at (301) 496-9838.

References

Here is a link to the Francis Collins memo.

Here is a link to the White House memo.

Here is a link to the updated notice to the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

Here is an FAQ published by the NIH regarding National Biosafety Stewardship month.