Biological Safety

What is Biosafety?

Biosafety is the maintenance of safe conditions in biological research to prevent harm to workers, non-laboratory organisms, or the environment.

Our Program

The Biological Safety Officer at the Marine Biological Laboratory serves as a resource to investigators, staff, and students by providing safety training and guidance to laboratories working with hazardous biological materials.

Our staff works closely with the divisions of Research, Education as well as Veterinary Services to assist in minimizing risk to both laboratory personnel and the surrounding environment.

Services and Responsibilities

  • Participates in reviews and risk assessments of all Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) protocols upon submission
  • Assists Principal Investigators in performing risk assessments and completing IBC protocol forms (upon request)
  • Advises laboratory personnel on biosafety matters
  • Provides appropriate biohazard signage for posting in laboratories using biological agents
  • Provides for disposing of biohazardous materials
  • Through laboratory inspections, provides assistance with lab-specific research safety risk assessment, recommends safe laboratory procedures, advises regarding containment devices and equipment, and confirms regulatory compliance.
  • Prepares and provides basic biosafety training via classroom and web-based formats.
  • Responsible for overseeing testing and certifying equipment – including autoclaves and biosafety cabinets.

Contact Marie Russell, Director of Facilities and Services, 508-289-7641, with any questions related to biological safety.