Biological Safety Resources

Risk Assessment Resources

All PIs are required to work with the biological safety program to conduct a risk assessment every time they plan on commencing a new experiment involving biological materials. The biological safety program has begun working on a project to develop general risk assessments to be used for commonly used biological agents at UWM. Use the resources below to help evaluate research in your laboratory.

ABSA Risk Group Database

Canadian Pathogen Safety Data Sheets

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th Edition 

UWM Biological Risk Assessment for AAV/ rAAV 


Web Resources

The following links are intended to help PIs, lab managers, and other lab personnel to determine the needs for their research facility. It is the responsibility of each research group to utilize these resources to complete the IBC Registration form for research or teaching.

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th Edition

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (April 2016)

Select Agents and Toxins, CDC and USDA APHIS

Risk Group Database by ABSA 

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets: Public Health Agency of Canada

WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual, 3rd Edition. World Health Organization

ASM Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories.

American Biological Safety Association International Position Paper on the Use of US Lights in Biological Safety Cabinets

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Association, U.S. DOT

U.S. CDC Import Permit Program  

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Professional Organizations

American Biological Safety Association (ABSA)

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Midwest Area Biosafety Network (MABioN)