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Laboratory Biosafety Inspections

Laboratory biosafety inspections are performed annually. A report will be sent to the Principal Investigator or lab safety contact following the completion of each laboratory biosafety inspection.  This report will include a description of any deficiencies identified and the appropriate corrective actions.  The Principal Investigator is responsible for implementing all corrective actions documented in their lab inspection report.  The Biosafety Officer is available to answer questions or provide technical advice regarding research safety procedures, laboratory security, compliance requirements, or other biological safety issues. 

The primary goals for the biological safety inspection program include:

  1. Conduct a risk assessment for each laboratory (e.g. identify agent hazards, procedure hazards, routes of transmission)
  2. Promote the implementation of appropriate biosafety administrative policies, work practices, facility design, and safety equipment
  3. Prevent the transmission of biological agents to workers, other persons, and the environment
  4. Improve compliance with applicable biological safety regulations and guidelines

USC Lab Biosafety Inspection Resources
Laboratory Biosafety Inspection Form
Laboratory Biosafety Manual
Biosafety Levels and Animal Biosafety Levels
Emergency Plans for Handling Accidental Spills and Personnel Contamination
Integrated Pest Management Policy for Research Laboratories
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
Institutional Biosafety Committee and Biosafety Approval Forms
Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogens Training Schedule
Shipping Biological Materials Training and Related Resources
Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) Signage for Lab Entrance Door
Protection of Vaccuum Systems Used in Tissue Culture Work
Laboratory Design and Construction Guidelines
New Laboratory Start-up Procedures

Additional Lab Biosafety Inspection Resources
CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), 5th Ed.
NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030)
Pathogen Safety Data Sheets and Risk Assessment
ABSA General Microbiology Fact Sheet
National Select Agent Registry Program