Environmental Health and Safety
Emergency Procedures


Biohazard Symbol

The university through the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews and authorizes research with recombinant DNA and hazardous biological materials. EHS also reviews and assists researchers by inspecting laboratories with compliance with federal and state requirements for biological research including the NIH rDNA Guidelines and the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL). EHS provides biosafety training and also manages the university’s biological waste disposal program.

Researchers conducting biological research are required to:

Questions or more information: Contact the Biosafety Officer at 512-471-3511


Bloodborne Pathogens

Researchers and other personnel who work with human and non-human primate’s fluids, tissues or cells (including cell lines) are required to take Bloodborne Pathogen training (OH 218) anually and be offered Hepatitis B vaccination free of charge by the University. Contact OHP for information on the Hepatitis B vaccination.

Review the University's Exposure Control Plan (ECP) (PDF).

Review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard: 29CFR 1910.030

Review the Texas Department of State Health Services Bloodborne Pathogens Standard: TAC Title 25 Chapter 96


Select Agents and Toxins

Research involving select agents and toxins is regulated by the CDC and USDA. A list of these agents can be found here. Researchers must notify EHS (Responsible Official) before working with Select Agent or Toxins. Work with exempt quantities of select toxins is overseen by the IBC. Researchers that work with exempt quantities of select toxins must complete an annual self-evaluation.

Equipment and Materials

Training Modules for Biological Research

All training is online except for OH 102, which is taught by the Principal Investigator.
Researchers must complete OH 101, 102, 201, 202 and 207 at a minimum.

Additional Training/Presentations

Biological Waste


Researchers shipping infectious substances or shipping biological material with dry ice must be certified to ship by EHS. Certification requires training by EHS. If you are shipping an infectious substance and are not trained, contact EHS for training or assistance with shipping. If you are shipping biological materials with dry ice, you can take our online training class to become certified.


Laboratory Acquired Infections