Biological Safety is applicable to persons who work with or in an area where biohazards exists such as, infectious agents or rDNA. Further definition of biohazards include an agent of biological origin that has the capacity to produce deleterious effects on humans, i.e. microorganisms, toxins and allergens derived from those organisms; and allergens and toxins derived from higher plants and animals. Biohazards also include bloodborne pathogens which are discussed in a separate module found at OSU-CHS Bloodborne Pathogen Safety.
Persons working with infectious agents or potentially infected materials must be aware of potential hazards, and must be trained and proficient in the practices and techniques required for handling such material safely.
Training is required initially for all those working with biohazards as determined by the Principal Investigator/Supervisor. Refresher training is required every three years and as policy/procedure/equipment changes occur and/or the Principal Investigator/Supervisor determines there is a need.