Programs and Services

Biosafety Inspections

Biosafety Risk Assessments, Permits and Consultations 

  • Biosafety performs research, site risk assessments, and consultation(s) for new Principal Investigator(s) working with biological materials, or for current Principal Investigators, as needed, for renovation(s) to facilities or modification(s) to existing experimental procedures that may pose an increased risk. Contact for more information or a consultation.  
  • Biosafety provides guidance and technical expertise on regulations, guidelines, and best practices pertaining to hazardous biological materials to the NU community including: NIH Guidelines, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, CDC BMBL, Boston Public Health Commission. 
  • Biosafety can assist in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for biological material(s), Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan (BBP-ECP) or other compliance or report documentation(s) as needed. 
  • Biosafety provides assistance with authorizations, regulatory permits, material transfer agreement(s) and other documentation(s) and report(s) for biological material(s).


  • Training is assigned as per the job activities in your research laboratory. Visit the OARS Training page for more info. Minimum Biosafety training(s) for work at Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) include: 
      • Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety (and its annual refresher)
      • Biosafety I
      • Biosafety II
      • Regulated Medical Waste  
  • Other safety training(s) may be required depending on research procedures and should be listed on your approved biological research registration(s). Specialized trainings may include shipping biologicals, select agents, viral vectors, animal research etc.  
  • Hands-on training(s) for biological material procedure(s) are required by the PI or delegated experienced staff for new laboratory workers, new procedure(s), and at least annually. Supervision by experienced staff is required for students. Proficiency in research procedures should be evaluated by PI or delegated staff.    
  • Specialized agent-specific training, spill response training or other training(s) are available upon request from our team. 

Incident Response

  • Biosafety responds to any reports of incidents or injuries involving biological materials, research animals, sharps, or recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid materials. Reporting may be required to NIH, CDC, BPHC or other regulatory agencies and the Biosafety team will assist researchers in that process. 
  • All injuries, incidents, or near-misses should be reported to the PI and OARS for safety and further investigation. The IBC reviews all incidents or injuries involving biological material(s).  
  • This lab exposure response sticker jpeg must be prominently displayed in every lab.
  • Call OEHN for guidance on occupational exposure response or post exposure guidance – 866-360-8100.

Contact Biosafety

Phone:     617.373.2769 

Northeastern University

Office of Academic and Research Safety/OARS
320 Renaissance Park
1135 Tremont Street

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