Biological Materials Inventory and Registration-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Biological Materials Inventory

To fulfill the requirements of Carnegie Mellon University’s Safety Plan for the Use of Biological Materials and Associated Devices as well as federal regulations, all researchers who use or possess biological materials must submit an accurate and up-to-date biological materials inventory to EH&S.

Please use the "Biological Inventory Checklist," found in the box on your right, to enter your inventory. This should be done when your work begins and then when any significant changes are made to the materials being used.  EH&S suggests checking on the correctness of your inventory annually at minimum.  It is recommended you update your inventory after your lab's "Spring cleaning," as this is usually when things differ the most.  Annual updates should be submitted by the end of June, while significant updates should be submitted as they occur.  Please email your completed inventory to Angela Reid or Andrew Lawson.

Additional requirements related to certain biological materials:

  • Additional requirements, such as biological safety training, may be necessary, depending upon the type of materials being used and the procedures performed.  EH&S will perform a risk assessment to determine containment measures and training requirements.
  • Any work involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid materials or their products must be submitted to the Institutional Biosafety Committee for review.  Please complete the appropriate form for your work and submit to Andrew Lawson.
  • Work involving the use of human bloodborne pathogens, blood, blood components, or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) falls under OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard and requires BSL-2 containment measures and annual BBP trainingHuman cell lines, such as HeLa cells, are classified as OPIM and fall under OSHA's BBP standard.
  • Work with Select Agents must follow the university's guidelines for security, handling, disposal, training, etc.  Please speak with Andrew Lawson (412-268-8405) for further details.
  • Buffers, dyes, and other chemicals do not need to be included in the biological inventory, but must be noted in the ChemTracker inventory, if they are considered to be hazardous substances.

Office: MI 313
Phone: (412) 268-8405
Contact: Andrew Lawson

Office: MI 313
Phone: (412) 268-7502
Contact: Angela Reid

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