Biological Safety

NOTE: The University of Kansas Medical Center launched an intranet on June 20, 2016 to provide easier access to information and tools used by our faculty and staff. Valid KU Medical Center network credentials are required to access the intranet.

Many of the forms and procedures for EHS have been relocated to the intranet. If you are affiliated with another institution and are interested in collaborating or learning more about our procedures, please contact Ryan Lickteig.

This page is an overview of the basic daily procedures and requirements for the use and handling of biohazardous materials at KUMC. Biohazardous materials include all biological materials in a laboratory or medical setting and present a potential risk to human health.  Please refer to the KUMC Biosafety Plan for a more detailed discussion on biosafety.

Some common categories of biohazardous materials are:

  • Tissue/cell culture products
  • Bacterial cultures
  • Virus
  • Antibodies
  • Most proteins that have been produced in a laboratory.
  • Bodily fluids (animal or human)
  • Animal or human tissues

Biohazardous materials are common to most labs on the KUMC campus.  All researchers should be trained in proper handling techniques, personal decontamination, and basic equipment decontamination appropriate for the materials being used in their labs. 

Biosafety cabinets must be certified for use with BSL (Bio-Safety Level) of the materials you are using, and must have up-to-date inspections.  Individual laboratories arrange for inspections by contacting the EHS office at

Personal protective garments must be worn properly, and must be suitable to the level of risk.

Decontamination solutions must be easily accessible in all areas in which biohazardous materials are used, and must be suitable to the materials being used in that area.

Select Agent & Toxins

Research that is conducted using materials that are considered Select Agents and/or Toxins must be approved through the EHS office prior to study initiation and obtaining the agent of toxin. Please contact the EHS immediately if you plan to work with such material or are currently working with this material. Although there are some Select Toxins that are exempt from the Select Agent Regulations, they must still be monitored. For information about Select Toxins that may be exempt, please follow the link: Select Toxins 

Biohazardous Waste

Please consult the Biological Waste Disposal Instructions for more information about the disposal of biohazardous waste.

Last modified: Apr 23, 2018
Contact Us

Biological Safety Officer

Jerry Spring
Biohazard Technician

The Biological Safety Program and Officer within the Office of Environmental Health & Safety works with the Institutional Biosafety Committee to establish, monitor, and enforce policies. Contact EHS for information about the use and safe handling of biohazardous materials, select agents and toxins, and disposal of biohazardous waste.