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Biological Safety Program Information

The Mission of the Biosafety Program is to promote safe biosafety practices for all staff, students and researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi. One of the key goals of the program is minimizing the risk of potential occupational exposure to biological materials in research and teaching environments and to prevent the release of such materials into the environment. This mission is accomplished through continuous interaction and support of the research community, and by a training program on the principles of biosafety and biosafety lab inspections (separate inspection from the Institutional Biosafety Committee). By increasing awareness of basic principles and potential dangers associated with working with biological materials, the program creates a foundation for researchers to conduct their activities in a safe environment.

The program consists of a Biosafety Training Program and a Biological Commodities Procurement Program.

The IBC is a separate component of the University of Hawaiʻi Research Support Services and is responsible for overseeing all research activities involving infectious agents and recombinant materials in a research and/or teaching environment at the university of Hawaiʻi.

Official Communications from Dr. Gary Ostrander, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education:

Biosafety 101: Getting Started

This section will guide you through the procedures for starting your research at UH. Includes required trainings, processes for importing biological materials, and committees to register with.

Biosafety Training Program

Procurement of Biological Commodities

Select Agent Program

All activities involving select agents must be registered with the University of Hawaiʻi Biosafety Compliance Program. Contact the Research Compliance Officer.

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Office of Research
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Biosafety Compliance Program
1960 East-West Road, Biomed T110
Honolulu, HI 96822
808-956-0347