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Biological Safety

Background

There has long been an awareness of bacterial and viral hazards to the human body. Some of these can be highly contagious and deadly. Another concern, more recent, has been the recombinant DNA research which had caused fears that modified DNA could create new hazards. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established guidelines governing the experimentation with recombinant DNA in 1986. State and local governments in many cases have adopted these guidelines, with or without modifications, as law. In the case of our department , the City of Boston requires modified compliance under the NIH guidelines.

Informational Resources

The Boston College Biological Safety Manual is available for review on the web-site of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at the address: /bc_org/fvp/ehs/biosafetymanual.html

The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan is available for review on the web-site of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at the address: /bc_org/fvp/ehs/bloodborne.html

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