Biohazards and Lab Safety
The Biohazards and Laboratory Safety Committee is made up of staff from
the hospital community with specific expertise in a variety of fields
regarding the use of potentially hazardous agents in the laboratory
Laboratories are required to adhere to the hospital's Chemical Hygiene
Plan (RIH, TMH)
and applicable OSHA regulations.
In addition, any protocol which utilizes potentially hazardous
biological or chemical agents must be reviewed and approved for safety
by the Biohazards and Laboratory Safety Committee (BLSC) or the
Recombinant DNA Committee (RDC) as appropriate before being implemented.
For the purposes of Biohazards and Laboratory Safety Committee review;
Hazardous Agents are defined as:
Chemical and biological agents that have been assigned a safety
rating of 3 or greater in any category on the MSDS sheet
Any compound listed as a carcinogen, mutagen or teratogen in the
Chemical Hygiene Plan
Any toxin including such proteins as ricin, cholera toxin and
Any organism included in the list of Risk Group 2 (RG2) and Risk
Group 3 (RG3) organisms in appendix B of the NIH Guidelines [http://www4.od.nih.gov/oba/rac/guidelines_02/APPENDIX_B.htm]
or organisms that require Biosafety Level Containment Level 2 or
greater (BSL2, BSL3, BSL4) as defined by the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) manual Biosafety
in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
Please note if the organisms to be used in conjunction with
recombinant DNA experiments, then Recombinant DNA Committee
(RDC) review is required. Please contact the committee
coordinator for additional instructions.
Any organism that will be administered to live animals.
(Please note, separate IACUC submission for any work using
animals is also required.)
Lifespan Biohazards and Laboratory Safety Committee
Chairperson: Loren Fast, PhD
Director: Patricia E. Houser, RN, MSJ
Coordinator: Roland Lariviere, MS
For information, please call 401-444-2093.
Send all correspondence to Rhode Island Hospital, Aldrich 503.