The UCSC biological safety program is administered through the Institutional Biosafety Committee and the campus Bloodborne Pathogens Program.

Campus Biosafety Officer

General Information

A Researchers Guide to Biosafety at UCSC, Frequently Asked Questions

UCSC has adopted the CDC publication entitled Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories as the general campus biosafety manual. A copy is available at:
CDC/NIH: Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories 

Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Institutional Biosafety Committee provides oversight for use of biological materials in teaching and research activities at UCSC. Individuals working with recombinant DNA, infectious agents, Select Agents, biological toxins or other listed material must contact the Campus Biosafety Officer to discuss completion of a Biological Use Authorization and steps for receiving institutional approval of their research proposal.

IBC Charge

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

IBC Meetings & Meeting Minutes

UCSC rDNA Registration Form  (Word version)

UCSC Transgenic Animal Registration Form (Word version)

NIH FAQs About Exempt rDNA Research

NIH rDNA Summary of Requirements 

Bloodborne Pathogens Program

The Campus Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) program is designed to protect individuals from occupational exposure to human blood, tissues, cell lines and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). UCSC researchers working with human blood, human cell lines or OPIM must contact the Campus Biosafety Officer to discuss development of a laboratory specific BBP plan.

UCSC Bloodborne Pathogens Program (PDF version)

Appendix A Exposure Control Plan (PDF version) (Word version)

Human Cell Line Exposure Control Plan (PDF version - 4 page specific ECP for human cell line use)

Appendix B Sharps Injury Log Form

Appendix C - Risk Services Forms

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Vaccination Information

BBP New Worker Training Form

Human Cell Line Guidance Document

Cal-OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Aerosol Transmissible Disease Program

The State of California adopted the Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) standard to protect health care workers, researchers, emergency first responders and others at risk of contracting aerosol transmissible diseases due to their work activities. UCSC researchers working with any of the listed agents must contact the Campus Biosafety Officer to discuss development of a laboratory specific ATD plan.

UCSC Aerosol Transmissible Disease Program (PDF version)

UCSC Aerosol Transmissible Disease Program (Word version)

Cal-OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Standard (8 CCR 5199)

Cal-OSHA Laboratories Fact Sheet - quick reference guide (PDF version)

Biohazardous & Medical Waste

UCSC Biohazardous & Medical Waste Disposal Site

Autoclave Procedures

Sample Autoclave Log Sheet

Glassware & Sharps Disposal Matrix

Disposal Guidelines and FAQ for Sharps


American Biological Safety Association (ABSA)

Biological Material Safety Data Sheets (Health Canada)

California Medical Waste Management Act

Cal-OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) home page

CDC Primary Containment for Biohazards; Biological Safety Cabinets

NIH Guidelines on Recombinant DNA Molecules

World Health Organization (WHO) Biosafety Manual