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Health & Safety: Biosecurity

Facilities handling infectious agents need not only a biosafety program but also a biosecurity plan in place. While biosafety deals with all aspects of containment to prevent any exposure to and accidental release of pathogens, biosecurity is implemented to prevent the theft, misuse or intentional release of pathogens. Whether it is for the advancement of science or the diagnosis of agents causing disease or the misuse of these technologies, there is unfortunately a dual use potential in the nature of the work (i.e., procedures, equipment, etc.) that takes place with these agents.

All laboratories should adopt biosecurity practices to minimize opportunities for unauthorized entry into laboratories, animal and chemical storage areas, as well as the unauthorized removal of infectious materials from their facility. Similarly, information security for data and electronic technology need to be addressed.

The greatest threat is posed during out of hours. At these times keep the lab locked at all times. Do not prop open doors. If you are suspicious of anyone entering the lab or anyone in the vicinity of the lab then contact Campus Security immediately, extension 52000. Do not challenge the person directly.

During normal working hours authorized personnel only are to be permitted in the lab.