EH&S Policies & Compliance
The University of Southern Mississippi will comply with all applicable environmental, health, and safety regulations and standards. Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) is a Department of the Office of the Vice President for Research and is responsible for the campus EH&S programs. The Administration of the University of Southern Mississippi is committed to protecting its students, faculty, staff, the surrounding communities and the environment.
The Director of EH&S has been delegated the responsibility to generate EH&S policies and procedures to maintain compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations. EH&S is responsible for developing and maintaining programs and guidance which promote health, safety, and sound environmental management.
Refer to the links for guidance documents that support regulatory compliance at the University of Southern Mississippi campuses.
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 biohazardous materials including recombinant DNA, agents infectious to humans, animals or plants, and other genetically altered organisms and agents.
The purpose of the IBC is to:
|1.||ensure the safety of Southern Miss employees and students who work with hazardous biological materials|
|2.||ensure 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. Complete the Biosafety Review Checklist to to determine whether IBC approval is warranted.
Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) were 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. Over time, many institutions have chosen to assign their IBCs the responsibility of reviewing a variety of experimentation that involves biological materials (e.g., infectious agents) and other potentially hazardous agents (e.g., carcinogens). This additional responsibility is assigned entirely at the discretion of the institution.
Biosafety Review Checklist
Regulations and Compliance Information:
|National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules|
|Select Agent Program Final Rules|
|Select Agent Regulations: Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins (42 CFR Part 73)|
|Centers for Disease Control Select Agent List|
A direct report to the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Export Control Officer is responsible for assisting the principal investigator (PI) to ensure research work is not being conducted in violation of federal rules, regulations, and/or laws that govern the release of certain information, materials and/or technical data to foreign nationals.
Penalties for the university and the PI can be severe, so compliance is essential.
Effective immediately, PIs will be required to become familiar with the applicable governing documents before any research proposal submitted through Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) can be released to the request for proposal (RFP) sponsoring agencies.
PIs will also complete and sign the export control review document (PDF) certifying whether the proposed project requires any licensing under the Export Control rules, regulations and/or laws.
If you have any questions about Export Control procedures, please contact Lynn Landrum, University Export Control Officer, at 601.266.6912 or Lynn.Landrum@usm.edu.