EH&S Bio-Safety

 The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is charged with the responsibility for review, approval and surveillance of all research protocols at The University of Southern Mississippi involving the use of bio hazardous materials including recombinant DNA, agents infectious to humans, animals or plants, and other genetically altered organisms and agents. EHS serves as an Ad Hoc member of the committee and is tasked with:

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ensuring the safety of Southern Miss employees and students who work with hazardous biological materials

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ensuring that the university complies with all regulations regarding biohazards

Any research or testing activity that involves the use of potentially hazardous agents (biological, chemical or rDNA) or the construction or use of genetically engineered organisms requires review by the IBC before beginning the project. The Bio Safety Review Check List must be completed and submitted to EHS to determine whether IBC approval is required.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) was established under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules to provide local review and oversight of nearly all forms of research utilizing recombinant DNA. The University of Southern Mississippi has assigned the IBC the responsibility of reviewing and approving a variety of experimentation that involves biological materials (e.g., infectious agents) and other potentially hazardous agents (e.g., carcinogens). EHS is responsible for maintaining oversight and regulatory compliance for the IBC.

Any research or testing activity that involves the use of potentially hazardous agents (biological, chemical or rDNA) or the construction or use of genetically engineered organisms requires review by the IBC. The Bio Safety Review Check List  must be reviewed prior to beginning the project. It should be completed and submitted to EHS to determine whether IBC approval is required. 

*Note: A copy of any application, permit, license, etc. must be provided to EHS for documentation retention at the time of submission or receipt.

Biosafety Training: All researchers working with biological agents are strongly recommended to take the CITI course module called “Risk Assessment Work Practices”. This module is designed to supplement the curriculum of CHE 410/510 and PSC 410/510. Other helpful CITI courses are available are the Biosafety Overview, Safe Sharp Devices and Universal Precautions and Work Practices.

*Note: Any researchers working in a BSL3 lab must demonstrate proficiency to EHS in a mock work through (without select agent). Passing researchers will receive a Certificate of Proficiency from EHS that should be placed in the Lab Management Plan. Only researchers with a certificate of Proficiency are allowed to work with select agent.