Biosafety Resource Links:
CDC/NIH web site provides information on Biosafety Levels 1-4 and the appropriate practices and equipment to use in order to work safely in the laboratory.
Responsibilities of the principal investigator can be found in Section IV-B-7. Appendix B contains the Classification of Human Etiologic Agents on the Basis of Hazard (Risk Group Classification).
This searchable database of international risk group classifications for bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites provide information to be used as a starting point for the risk assessment and the determination of the biosafety level to be used when working in the laboratory. Printable version of Risk Group Classification for Infectious Agents on the American Biological Safety Association website.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for Biological Materials, Public Health Agency of Canada
Health Canada provides these MSDS sheets for workers in the life sciences to use as a safety reference for work with infectious microorganisms. To be used in conjunction with the above risk group classifications to determine appropriate biosafety levels and safety precautions.
Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biosafety Cabinets (3rd Edition 9/2007)
CDC/NIH publication provides everything you need to know about biological safety cabinets. For information on how to use biological safety cabinets, go to Section 5.
- The World Health Organization Laboratory Biosafety Manual (2nd ed., 2003)
This document is a good resource for lab safety questions and procedures to incorporate into SOPs. Topics include risk assessment, biosafety cabinets, equipment designed to reduce biological hazards, good microbiological techniques and many more.
ABSA – American Biological Safety Association
Professional Organization of Biosafety Professionals. Provides timely information on issues related to biological safety.
Etiologic agents, vectors, and materials containing etiologic agents are recognized as hazardous materials. The CDC provides information on the packaging, labeling and permits necessary for import and export of materials
Disease Agent Information, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Other Biosafety and Public Health Resources
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
- American Biological Safety Association
- American Lung Association
- American Public Health Association (APHA)
- Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA)
- American Water Works Association
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Safety and Health Statistics Home Page
- California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- CDC Office of Health and Safety Information System
- CDC National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
- CDC WONDER(Guidelines and Reports)
- CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
- City of Madison Department of Public Health
- City of Milwaukee: Department of Neighborhood Services , or Health Department
- Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention
- Health Canada
- UBC Centre for Disease Control (Canada)
- Health and Human Services, and US Public Health Service
- Michigan State University: ORCBS Biological Safety Page
- National Association of County and City Health Officials
- National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
- Wisconsin Environmental Health Association (WEHA)
- National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National Cancer Institute
- National Library of Medicine, including MEDLINE publication search