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Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Exposure Control Plan (ECP) which has been developed and implemented to meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030).

This 2014-15 edition of the Exposure Control Plan will be valid through September 30, 2015.  There are no substantial changes relative to the 2013-14 edition.

For more information, visit biosafety.utk.edu.


White House asked federally funded labs studying infectious agents to take “immediate steps” to inventory samples and review safety and security procedures in light of several well-publicized incidents, exposures and disturbing discoveries occurring in high-profile, high-containment government laboratories. In response, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has called for a month-long review of policies and procedures, inventory of infectious agents and toxins, and training of all relevant staff. Although federal facilities/laboratories and associated agencies are the primary targets of the “Safety Stand-Down,” institutions receiving funding from federal agencies (e.g. NIH, as does UT) are strongly encouraged to participate in a similar way. 

For more information, please visit the Biosafety Program website.


Institutional Biosafety Committee reviewed and approved 40 registrations for using and handling biological agents in FY 2013 for four university units in Knoxville. Registrations included 24 for rDNA, nine for infectious agents, three for biological toxins, and four for human materials. Training programs in biosafety served almost 1,400 individuals with either initial or annual refresher courses. Training is provided for procedures involving blood-borne pathogens, animal hazard control, Level 2 biosafety, biosafety awareness, animal biosafety, and biological materials shipping.

The Biosafety Office serves laboratories at the UT Knoxville, AgResearch, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate School of Medicine.

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