UW Biosafety Manual

The March 2013 update to the UW Biosafety Manual (BSM) is now available.

Please prominently bookmark this site on your lab's computer desktop or print a copy of this manual, and make it available to laboratory staff. The revised UW Biosafety Manual contains regulatory and procedure updates based on the revised March 2013 NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules. The new manual replaces the previous 2003 version.

Staff working with biohazards in UW laboratories (BSL-1 and higher) must review and have access to this manual and any supplemental laboratory-specific information. BSL-2 laboratories with BSL-3 practices and BSL-3 laboratories must also have their laboratory-specific safety procedures reviewed by an EH&S biosafety officer.

Download or view the manual by selecting the desired section below or the complete manual. All documents are in PDF format.

Title Page
Emergency Information
Section 1 - Introduction
Section 2 - Review Procedures for Research at the University of Washington
Section 3 - Risk Assessment
Section 4 - Procedures for Biohazard Control
Section 5 - Employee Occupational Health Programs
Section 6 - Emergency Preparedness and Response
Appendix A - Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
Appendix B - Posting Biohazard Signs and Labels
Appendix C - Transporting and Shipping Biohazardous Agents (Including Laboratory Specimens)
Appendix D - Current Records Maintained in Biosafety Manual
Appendix E - Website Links

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