EH&S focuses on providing resources and expertise regarding the assessment and control of biological hazards including recombinant and synthetic DNA, infectious agents, and human materials. Our biosafety services include: biosafety and bloodborne pathogen program development and implementation, training, emergency response, assisting Principal Investigators (PIs) to register their biological projects, containment facility design review, and guidance on safe handling of biological agents, proper biological waste disposal, and decontamination procedures.

Department Contact


Angie Birnbaum
Senior Biosafety Program Manager

Department Update

e-COMS has launched! All new registrations and amendments must be submitted through the new online system starting June 2014. Quick reference guides are available at

Did You Know?

Biological Safety Levels (BL) define the containment and work practices based on the pathogenicity of the materials. BL1 is designated for materials not known to cause disease in healthy adults, BL2 materials can cause disease in a healthy adult, and BL3 level agents cause serious or potentially lethal disease. Specific procedures with these materials may increase the containment and include additional work practices to safely manipulate a material.