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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.

October is Biosafety Month

October is the 6th Annual ABSA Biosafety and Biosecurity Month: an opportunity for us all to consider the important roles that we serve in fostering an understanding of biosafety and biosecurity. Environmental Health and Safety along with Campus Safety Systems will be hosting two open Q & A sessions on October 23, 2019.

The goals of this year’s theme include the following:

  • Promote visibility of biosafety and biosecurity professionals in our workplace and community.
  • Highlight the multidimensional nature of the biosafety and biosecurity profession;
  • Define how biosafety and biosecurity professionals are more than compliance people.
  • Advocate for the education, training, and support of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields;
  • Recognize biosafety as a scientific discipline;
  • Support STEM students’ awareness and interest in the profession through outreach and interactions at all educational levels.
  • Foster dialogue, transparency, and education in work involving biological materials with all stakeholders.

Time and locations where you can meet biosafety and biosecurity professionals are as follows:

  • The Health 2 Building, First Floor (In front of the elevator banks): October 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Science and Engineering Research Center, Frist Floor Lobby: October 23, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

You can obtain a printable flyer with details on this event.

If you have any questions, please contact the Biosafety Office at or 713-743-5858.

We hope to see you there!



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.