Biosafety is the application of preventive methods to reduce the risk of exposure to biological agents or biohazards, which can affect the health of laboratory personnel, the community and the environment.
These Biosafety goals can be achieved by risk assessment, best work practices, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), containment and training.
UMass Lowell and the Department of Environmental Emergency Management/Environmental Health and Safety are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors by developing biosafety programs and providing training to all members of the UMass Lowell community.
At the present there is no biosafety level-3 containment at the university.
At UMass Lowell, all researchers using biological agents are required to be registered with the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Read more:
The Biosafety Officer, as part of the EEM-EHS team, provides technical support to faculty and staff, assists faculty when arriving and leaving UMass Lowell during commissioning/decommissioning of biological labs and aids with the application process for registering work with the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
Working with Specialized Equipment in Biological Labs
Ability to work safely with such equipment should be demonstrated to the principal investigator or lab manager in charge of the work.
In compliance with the OSHA Standard, all employees who are considered at risk of occupational exposure to BBP should be identified, receive training, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and be offered the Hepatitis B vaccination at no cost to themselves.
BBP/Biosafety Training is valid for one year and workers at risk must attend training annually.
Training classes in BBP/Biosafety are offered monthly from January to December at different locations in the university. The training class lasts one hour and fifteen minutes. No pre-registration is required.
If you have any questions related to the BBP program or Biosafety, please contact the Biosafety Officer, Ruth Medina, Ph.D. at the EEM office at 978-934-2628 or by email: Biosafety@uml.edu.