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New Policy Establishes Framework for Safety in Teaching Laboratories

The UT Knoxville Biosafety Program approved a Teaching Laboratory Policy last fall that establishes a new framework for the use of biological hazards in teaching laboratories or other experiential learning environments as recommended by an appointed task force of instructional faculty and staff.

It was vetted by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), UT Laboratory Safety Committee, UT Safety Committee, Associate Deans of Research, Associate Deans of Academic Affairs, Research Council, Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, and Institutional Compliance Committee. 

The framework, which follows the guidance of the American Society for Microbiology’s Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories (2012), outlines the applicability and scope, administrative roles and responsibilities, and covers:

  • Hazard awareness/communication
  • Training
  • Medical evaluation considerations
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Emergency response and notification procedures spills and exposures
  • Laboratory/site inspections
  • Documentation

Please contact Brian Ranger (branger@utk.edu), director of the Biosafety Program, with any questions regarding this policy. To see other policies related to the Biosafety Program at UT Knoxville, please see biosafety.utk.edu/policies/.