CSU IBC Policy

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CSU Biosafety Manual

CSU Biosafety Policy

To ensure that activities of a potentially biologically hazardous nature are safely conducted, Colorado State University adopts this Biosafety Policy.


The University, being committed to exemplary performance involving biological activities, shall pursue biosafety through prudent practices necessary to protect people andthe environment from biological hazards and by conformance with biosafety directives and guidelines of our State and nation. The University’s concern is for allbiosafety efforts but in particular it is most concerned with activities involving:

  • Infectious agents
  • Recombinant DNA research
  • Bioengineering research
  • Disposal of potentially biologically hazardous materials


Administrative heads of colleges, departments and other units have primary responsibility for the biosafety of people, animals and the environmentwithin their jurisdiction. Appropriate planning, equipment, and trained personnel are essential in all potentially biologically hazardous activities. No activity of apotentially biologically hazardous nature is to be permitted unless there is a commitment of effort and expense to insure that it can be safely accomplished.

Principal investigators, instructors, clinical supervisors and others in charge of potentially biologically hazardous activities are key persons in thisbiosafety effort. They are expected to set a proper example by their own actions and to ensure compliance with the intent of the University’s Biosafety policy,directives and guidelines regarding work supervised. Each must promptly report biologically hazardous incidents to the Biological Safety Officer and assist in anyresulting decontamination, investigations and/or reporting which may be required.

All persons involved in a potentially biologically hazardous activity must share biosafety responsibility by mindful conduct and reporting of incidentsand biologically hazardous circumstances. They must also keep the supervisor informed of any personal condition such as an illness, use of medication, pregnancy, orreduced immunity which could make the work more hazardous to themselves or others.

The Biological Safety Officer: The University will appoint a Biological Safety Officer (BSO) who will be responsible for: advising the BiosafetyCommittee, faculty and staff concerning biologically hazardous materials and their control, performance of surveys, reviews and inspections of biologically hazardousactivities; those specific duties required of the BSO in Federal and State directives; coordination of biosafety efforts with Environmental Health Services and otherapplicable University agencies; and the day-to-day administration of activities for the Biosafety Committee. The BSO resides within Environmental Health Services, whichorganizationally reports to the Vice President for Administrative Services.

Institutional Biosafety Committee The Institutional Biosafety Committee shall analyze University operations and facilities involving, or proposed to beinvolved in activities of a potentially biologically hazardous nature. The Committee is appointed by and responsible to the Vice President of Research and willrecommend actions necessary to maintain and/or improve biosafety. Tasks of the Committee shall include:

  • Ensure maintenance of a current inventory of all potentially biologically hazardous activities including their nature, location and Principal Investigators involved.
  • Review of policies, programs and directives regarding biological hazards in academic, research, and clinical activities. It shall also develop such policies and directives as are required to conform with needs and this policy.
  • Review of facility operation and maintenance procedures. Recommended changes to those procedures shall, when necessary, be submitted to the Director of Facilities Management through the Vice President for Research. Changes are not to be made without approval by both the Committee and the Director of Facilities Management.
  • Surveillance of activities for conformance with laws, directives, and guidelines of regulatory and funding agencies, through building and laboratory audits.
  • Maintenance of a biosafety reference library and dissemination of information to all who may need such knowledge regarding potential biologically hazardous materials and their control.
  • Review and approval of proposed activities, facilities and containment features when required by University, State or Federal directives.
  • Emergency planning and the oversight of any decontamination, investigations and reporting of incidents which may be required.
  • Advising the Administration regarding problems of a biologically hazardous nature and of actions recommended. Such recommendations may include denial of proposed activities where suitable facilities, equipment or personnel are not available; modifications to facilities or equipment beyond the capability of those involved to attain biosafety; and/or sanctions against individuals who are non-cooperative in biosafety matters concerning their work. Under defined circumstances, the committee may temporarily suspend any biohazardous activity judged to pose a significant danger to health or safety.
  • Advising the Administration regarding commendation for exemplary handling of a biologically hazardous project.

Constitution of the Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Biosafety Committee shall be constituted of a minimum of five (5) voting members. Collectively the membership shall have experience and expertise in recombinant DNAtechnology and the capability to assess the safety of recombinant DNA research and to identify any potential risk to public health and the environment. The IBC shallinclude at least one individual with expertise in plant, plant pathogen or plant pest containment principles and one scientist with expertise in animal containmentprinciples. At least two members shall not be affiliated with the institution (apart from their membership on the committee) and shall represent the interest of thesurrounding community with respect to health and protection of the environment. The Institutional BSO and at least one technical laboratory staff person are mandatorymembers of the IBC. The Director of Environmental Health Services shall be a permanent, nonvoting member of the Committee. All appointments to the Committee shall befor a three-year term. Members shall be appointed, or reappointed, by the Vice President for Research and qualified successors shall be nominated as required.


A quorum will consist of a simple majority. A passing vote will be a simple majority of members present; minority views will be recorded in the minutes.

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