Biological Safety

Animal Handling

Biohazardous Agents (other than Bloodborne Pathogens)

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MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)

MRSA is one of the "superbugs" that has garnered much attention in the media.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) MRSA website
Printable CDC Poster on MRSA in Athletics
Printable CDC Poster on MRSA for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals

Recombinant DNA (rDNA) in Research

All activities involving rDNA must be registered with the Institutional Biosafety Council (the IBC).  The IBC Administrator is located in the Office of Research Protections.  Please see the Institutional Biosafety Council section of the Office of Research Protections' website for more information.

Select Agents & Toxins

Select Agents are biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety, animal health and safety, plant health and safety, or to the safety of animal or plant products.

The intent to obtain or use any Select Agents & Toxins must be reported to the University Industrial Hygienist.

For the most up-to-date list of Select Agents, click this link: http://www.selectagents.gov/Select%20Agents%20and%20Toxins.html

Bloodborne Pathogens(BBP)

Note: adding a job category requires the employee to obtain annual BBP training and the department to pay for Hepatitis B vaccinations if employee wants them.

Pandemic Disease

For details about the status of pandemic disease and Appalachian's response, including Novel H1N1 Flu ("Swine Flu") and Bird Flu, please go to the University's Emergency Response Website and select the link for Pandemic Disease.

For specific questions about workplace personal protective equipment or cleaning/disinfection of general (non-medical) items, please contact the University Industrial Hygienist.

Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety comprises both ionizing and non-ionizing such as LASERs and X-rays.

University policies and procedures regarding radiation safety can be found at the Office of Research Protections website, http://www.orsp.appstate.edu/protections/radiation

Shipping Biological Specimens, Agents, & Dry Ice

 

(Last updated August 11, 2011)

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P.O. Box 32112
Boone, NC, 28608 USA
(828) 262-4008

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1039 State Farm Road
Boone, NC

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