September is Biosafety Stewardship Month
Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director, issued a memo to all NIH grantee institutions announcing September is National Biosafety Stewardship Month.
During the month of September, institutions have been encouraged to:
- Reexamine current biosafety policies and procedures
- Conduct inventories of infectious agents and toxins in all laboratories and ensure appropriate containment and documentation exists
- 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:
- Completing the new online UCLA IBC Compliance Training module. This can be taken here.
- Reviewing and updating SOPs.
- Conducting inventories of their infectious agents and of communal spaces within buildings.
- Ensuring all materials, even within communal storage spaces, are well-labeled
- Updating IBC protocols to reflect all infectious agents and all use and storage locations.
- Reviewing the training of all laboratory members and ensuring correct documentation including EH&S and laboratory-specific training.
- For Institutional Biosafety Committee policies, procedures or oversight, email OIBC@research.ucla.edu.
- For training and SOPs, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
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.