Biological Safety is responsible for the control of health hazards related to biological agents within the University community. Programs implementing University policy have been established to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and meet regulatory requirements that are required by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. Biological safety programs have been established to provide a central registry of potentially hazardous microbial agents, animals and other hazardous biologicals, oversight of recombinant DNA activities, surveillance and certification of biological safety cabinets and laminar flow benches and to control exposures to bloodborne pathogens.
All work involving human blood and body fluids, bloodborne pathogens must be registered with EHS.
Clarkson's Biological Safety Program encompasses the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements for recombinant DNA (rDNA) research. The primary elements of our Biosafety program include written policies and procedures, training and periodic compliance inspections.
A copy of the Clarkson University Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan may be found here:
A copy of the OSHA BBP standard can be found below:
Another important aspect of biological safety is the disposal of biohazardous waste. Clarkson defines biohazardous waste as waste that contains infectious agents, blood or body fluids, including waste from research and teaching activities covered by biosafety levels 1 or 2. Clarkson's disposal policy is located below:
Environmental Health & Safety Manager
107 Graham Hall
8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699