The Biosafety Program at Texas State University was established to promote safety in research studies, to prevent disease, to ensure safe handling of biological agents, to ensure safe disposal of biohazardous waste, and to comply with applicable institutional policies and regulatory requirements.
Principal investigators/supervisors are responsible for determining the appropriate biosafety level and for establishing safe procedures and for providing the proper protective equipment needed in handling biological agents. They must instruct their personnel as to the possible hazards, the safety precautions, waste handling procedures, the consequences of an accident, and the actions to take in case of an accident. It is also his/her responsibility to assure that employees and students are held accountable for the agents and equipment that they work with. In case of a job/program transfer or termination, employees or students must properly dispose of or transfer all chemicals and assigned equipment to another responsible party before leaving.
Employees and students are required to learn and understand the hazards of the organisms as well as the chemicals they work with. They should also be familiar with the operational features of lab equipment and follow all precautions applicable to each task. In case of unexpected malfunctioning, damage, or injury, the employee and student should act to protect himself and others in the area.
The Biosafety Manual, which describes the program and guidelines for safe operation of laboratories and performance of experiments involving biological agents, has been prepared and distributed to faculty members and research personnel that work with these types of agents.
All Principal Investigators (PIs) are to complete the following check-in list upon hire and assignment of university space at Texas State University-San Marcos. PIs must ensure that they have an understanding of all university policies, procedures, and training requirements upon arrival to the university.
All Principal Investigators (PIs) are to complete this checkout list and procedure no later than one week prior to the completion of their association with Texas State University-San Marcos. PIs must assure that all hazardous chemical, biological, Class IIIB and IV lasers, radioactive materials and radiation producing machines under their supervision are properly disposed, removed for surplus, or transferred to another Texas State lab.