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Biological Safety

Biological Research / Campus Biosafety Stewardship

Biological Research at Stony Brook University must be carried out in a way as to ensure the safe and proper use of all biologically hazardous materials and to maintain the safety and welfare of the University Community, the public and the environment. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) will assist you in your efforts to carry out this responsibility by providing information, guidance, and training in Biosafety fundamentals and regulatory affairs at the federal, state and local levels. In addition, members of EH&S work closely with various University committees that oversee research and safety at Stony Brook such as the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the University Laboratory Safety Council (ULSC).

What do you need to do?

Principal Investigators and lab groups are asked to take the following actions.

  • Register your lab(s) in the Laboratory Registration System.
  • Establish and maintain laboratory-specific risk assessments, policies, and procedures, and update them as necessary to optimize effectiveness.
  • Ensure that all laboratory personnel have completed the required training prior to begining work in the lab (Once you have registered your lab you will be able to review the training records of all personnel registered to the lab). 
    • Reinforce any new, annual or refresher training that may be necessary (Lab registration will indicate when refresher training is due).
  • Conduct an inventory of all infectious agents and toxins.
    • Properly dispose of all legacy cultures and samples.
    • Maintain a record of all infectious agents and update information in the Laboratory Registration System.
    • Mark all storage units/areas that have been inventoried with a Biosafety Stewardship Label.

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is continualy working to review and update policies and procedures, training programs, website information and guidance documents. If you have any questions please email, or contact the Lab Safety group