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Biosafety Manual

The URI Biosafety Manual provides a brief overview of the requirements for regulatory compliance with laws and guidelines governing proper use, containment, and disposal of biological hazards. Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) for laboratory activities that involve the use of biological materials are included as appendices to the manual.  SOPs are meant to provide practical guidance on proper work practices to ensure safety. Be Safe – Use Your URI Biosafety Manual

URI Biosafety Manual rev. 08-2015 (Complete PDF including appendices)

Biosafety Manual Appendices

Appendix A – Exposure Control Plan for Researchers (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix B – Standard and Special Microbiological Practices SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix C – Safe Use of Biosafety Cabinets SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix D – Safe Use of Centrifuges SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix E – Avoiding the Production of Biological Aerosols SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix F – Transporting Biohazardous Materials SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix G – Sharps Handling and Disposal SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix H – Managing Biohazardous Waste SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix I – Disinfectants for Biohazardous Materials SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix J – Biohazard Spill Management Plan SOP (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix K – Centrifuge Safety Poster (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix L – OSHA Definitions

Appendix M – Exposure Determination

Appendix N – Universal Biohazard Symbol

Appendix O – Equipment Decontamination Label (rev. 08-2015)

Appendix P – Biological Risk Assessment Worksheet

Appendix Q – Guidance on the Use of Human, Primate, and Mammalian Cell Lines

Appendix R – Animal Biosafety Level (ABSL) Determination Matrix

Appendix S – Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles and Fish (11-2014)

Appendix T – Hand Care SOP for Researchers (08-2015)


Additional References

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Risk Group Classification for Infectious Agents

Agricultural Biotechnology/USDA

A Practical Guide to Containment-Greenhouse Research with Transgenic Plants and Microbes

Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB)-A National Resource in Agribiotech Information

University of Rhode Island Safety and Risk Management

Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories — American Society for Microbiology

Appendix to the Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories

WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual – Third Edition (Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Serbian, and Vietnamese)



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