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Biological Safety

The safety of all members of the campus community is a primary concern of the University of Houston. The purpose of this program is to promote safety through the proper management of potentially hazardous biological materials. In addition to policies, responsibilities and requirements for working with biological materials, this webpage contains helpful information for the day to day management of your laboratory. For additional information or clarification of the contents of the manual please contact the Biological Safety Manager.

Forms and Manuals

As there is significant overlap within the functional areas of EHLS, it is best to locate a form through the EHLS Forms page, or manual through the EHLS Manuals page. This insures that any and all necessary forms are easily available in one place. The manuals page also includes the laboratory construction and guidelines document to insure that any issues with laboratory construction are corrected in the design phase. 

3rd Annual NIH Biosafety Month

This October marks the NIH Office of Science Policy's 3rd Annual National Biosafety Month. National Biosafety Month is a period during which institutions are encouraged to refocus their attention on biosafety policies, practices and procedures. It is an opportunity to talk with investigators and research administrators about the importance of biosafety, raise awareness, and seek input on ways to strengthen institutional biosafety programs. UH Biosafety Office will focus on two subjects this year: Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in biological laboratories and Proper containment in biological laboratories. Below is a list of dates and locations where information will be available on the aforementioned subjects:

Science and Engineering Research Center: October 24, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Science and Research 2: October 25, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
J. D. Armistead: October 27, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Texas Medical Center: October 27, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Please feel free to come by and talk with UH Biosafety personnel during any of these dates/times as we continue our efforts to maintain high standards of biosafety practices and consistent, constructive oversight.  If you have any questions, please contact the Biosafety Office at or 713-743-5858.