Biological Safety Work and Responsibilities
Biological Safety Work and Responsibilities

Starting Sept 2011, the Environmental Protection and Safety Center will manage the safety of biological related work of laboratories including planning, setting up, and promotion of all types of biology safety, and set short, medium, and long term targets to ensure the safety and health of lab personnel working on related biological experiments and handling biomaterials.

One.  The current status

  1. Conduct biological safety educational training.
  2. Conduct full scale investigation into the current status of university lab’s biology related experiments.
  3. Establish self checking for safety within biological labs and the classification and inspection system of biological labs.
  4. Establish a reporting system for infectious materials in labs above Class 2.
  5. Establish a reporting and cleanup system of biohazard disposal materials.

Two. Future plans

  1. Short term objectives
  • Establish the checklist of infectious materials in Class 2 or high labs and complete the reporting operations.
  • Establish the safety review system and process for biological labs and related facilities.
  • Implement comprehensive safety inspection for all biological labs, and to coach biological labs to do self checking.
  • Invite expertise to assist in the assessment and review of biosafety in Class 2 labs.
  • Complete labeling operations for biological labs and related locations.
  • Establish annual plans and implement regular and irregular safety checks on biological labs.
  • Research and designate biosafety emergency response plans. 
  1.  Medium term objectives
  • Establish biological information computer management system:
  • 1) Biomaterial waste operational and management system
  • 2) Biomaterials operational and management system
  • 3) The bringing in or out the NSC Genomic Plan’s biomaterials and infectious materials safety review operations or applications for changes.
  • 4) The operation system for application and review of animal experiment projects
  • Coaching the improvement of software and hardware of Class 2 labs, and to help the improvement of hardware and software facilities of Class 1 labs conducting and handling E.coli, so that their safety rank can improve to conform to related operation rules and regulations.
  • Form expert groups to review the safety classification of biological labs, to initiate use of or close down  labs, and the management, investigation, and reporting of biological safety incidents.
  • To conform with and conduct regular environmental safety emergency drills.
  • Long term objectives: To include the university’s animal experiments into the center’s biological safety management.

Managed Laboratories – safety and health items to be aware of 

  1. Having 3 hours of training each in both general safety and health educational training and special operational safety and health education training before being allowed to perform experiments in labs.
  2. To follow lab safety and health work rules upon entering the lab and doing the experiment.
  3. Following the SOP safety operational standards when performing experiments.  If no SOP exists, it must be established, after discussion with and getting approval from the guiding professor, and signed by all and publicly announced for implementation.
  4. Wearing lab coats and safety protection gear when conducting experiments, returning objects to their original place after completion, and tightening containers containing chemicals or medicine.
  5. No eating or drinking within the labs.
  6. To register upon entering or leaving the lab, and getting approval to enter the labs during holidays or vacations.
  7. During emergencies, to follow emergency response measures and to contact the emergency phone posted within the lab containing the emergency contact poster.