Site Visit Process
New Biological Labs & Labs Increasing Their Biosafety Level
All new biological labs, regardless of their Biosafety Level, and existing labs changing to Biosafety Level 2 need to complete a Biosafety Evaluation Form and schedule an appointment for an initial biosafety lab visit. To submit the form and make an appointment, contact:
Existing Biological Labs
Existing laboratories that use or store Risk Group 2 organisms and/or biologically derived toxins will be contacted annually to schedule a lab visit. Existing labs do not need to fill out the Biosafety Evaluation Form every year but may wish to use it to perform a self-audit in preparation for the site visit or as a lab-specific training tool.
The principal investigator and/or the lab manager or lab safety designee must be present during the lab visit. Other laboratory staff members are also encouraged to be present. The lab visit should be viewed as a training opportunity.
Topics that may be addressed during site visits include:
- Annual bloodborne pathogen and infectious material training status
- Written standard operating procedures (SOPs), see SOP Fact Sheet.
- IBC approval status
- Adherence to general lab safety procedures
- Biological material inventory update
- Storage and labeling of biological materials
- Biological Safety Cabinet use and certification