University Safety and Assurances

Biological Safety Program

"Protecting Researchers and the University Community"

The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is committed to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, vistors and the environment by adequately identifying and managing biohazardous materials and recombinant DNA. The campus Biological Safety Program and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) provide support, review and oversite of campus activities involving biohazardous materials and recombinant DNA molecules. 

The UWM Biological Safety Program incorporates federal and state regulations that govern the use , storage, transport and disposal of all biological materials. The program provides resources to support faculty and staff in implementing safety and compliant laboratory practices as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) . In addition to supporting the  activities of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the program provides the following services and resources to the research community:

  • Biosafety Guidelines
  • Waste Handling Information
  • Training
  • Shipment of Biological Materials

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for assessing risks and potential environmental impacts associated with activities involving biohazardous materials and making recommendations for the safe conduct of such studies. It also functions on behalf of the institution to ensure that campus activities involving biohazardous materials are performed in compliance with current pollicies and guidelines promulgated by the government granting and regulatory agencies.

If you would like additional information on the campus biological safety program please contact the Biological Safety Officer at 229-4275 or email Sharron Daly

Biohazard Disposal Information