Information for People Who Enter Biosafety Laboratories

For any questions related to the following information, please contact us at biosafety@tamu.edu or 979.862.4549.

Every biosafety laboratory is required to have a sign posted at each entry. The biosafety sign will provide information about the specific agents in use, the entry requirements, emergency contact information, and the biosafety level.

For People Entering Only BL1 Laboratories

There are no Biosafety Occupational Health Program (BOHP) or institutional-level biosafety training requirements for people entering BL1 laboratories and working with Risk Group 1 agents. If an individual needs to enter a BL2 laboratory, that person must now meet all BL2 training and BOHP requirements listed below. Please notify the Office of Research Compliance and Biosafety if such a situation arises.

For People Entering BL2 Laboratories

Any person entering a BL2 laboratory needs to be enrolled in the Biosafety Occupational Health Program and attend BL2 training. This includes all students (paid, unpaid, REU, etc.) and any personnel associated with the University such as technicians, facilities staff, or others who need to enter the laboratory. Additionally, any person who may be exposed to materials potentially containing human pathogens (including human blood, tissue, and cell lines; non-human primate blood, tissue, and cell lines) needs to attend annual Bloodborne Pathogen Training. For occasional visitors, the Institutional Biosafety Committee offers guidance on visitor's information for BL2 laboratories.

For People Entering BL3 Laboratories

Only authorized personnel may enter a BL3 laboratory. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance and Biosafety for more information.