Biosafety Manual

57 Biosafety Manual H. Biological Material Inventory and Biohazardous Materials Security Bioinventory As outlined in Iowa State University Policy, all biological materials that are used or stored must be inventoried annually and a copy shared with Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). The Biological Materials Inventory serves as a confidential, off-site record to help select university personnel (Department of Public Safety, emergency responders, EH&S) prepare necessary reports and to determine the risks that are present in research laboratories on campus in case of an emergency or accident. Federal regulations, along with public concern over security of biohazardous materials, make it necessary for the university to maintain an up-to-date inventory of biological materials. The inventory will enable universitywide compliance with federal regulations and guidelines. Biosecurity Althoughmostmicrobiology laboratories containavarietyof dangerous biological, chemical, and radioactive materials, these materials serve as necessary tools and have rarely been used to intentionally injure anyone. In recent years, however, concern has increased regarding the potential use of certain biological, chemical, and radioactive materials by terrorists. In response to these concerns, the CDC has developed guidelines to address laboratory security issues in the current edition of BMBL. All laboratory personnel are responsible for: • controlling access to areas where hazardous materials are used and stored • knowing who is in the laboratory • knowing what materials are brought into the laboratory • knowing what materials are removed from the laboratory Federal laws that became effective in 2003 mandate specific security measures for all laboratories possessing Select Agents. The university Biological Research Security Plan reflects these requirements. If you currently possess or plan to possess any Select Agents, contact EH&S at (515) 294-5359 for specific security requirements.