Institutions that receive NIH funding for any research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids must comply with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH r/s NA Guidelines). Here at UCH, we commonly abbreviate this title to NIH r/s NA Guidelines. You can read the full document or The Guidelines Explained.
The Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), published by the CDC’s Office of Safety, Health, and Environment in conjuction with the NIH, is considered the national standard to promote the safety and health of laboratory workers. It covers the basic principles of biosafety, biocontainment, and provides detailed information on working safely with various pathogens, toxins, and other biohazards. Please take the time to review the BMBL and promote a culture of safety in your laboratory.
For those who may be in contact with human blood, body fluids or tissues, Bloodborne Pathogen training is a legal requirement (OSHA). For those interested in the specifics:
- OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Regulations
- Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
- OSHA Directive on Bloodborne Pathogens
- OSHA Interpretation about Human Cells in Culture