Biological Safety Resources

Standard Operating Procedure Templates

These are not meant to be stand-alone documents; rather a baseline that the UWM Biosafety Program has established that should be followed no matter what type of equipment is being used. It is the responsibility of the PI to ensure that their personnel review SOPs regularly and understand how to properly utilize equipment and perform tasks in the laboratory.

Biological Safety Cabinet SOP

Autoclave Poster (adapted from UW-Madison)


Minimum Requirements for Biological Agents at UWM

The following have been reviewed and approved by the IBC, biosafety officer, and industrial hygiene and occupational health manager. These are the minimum guidelines all researchers are expected to follow when working with these agents/ materials at UWM. More will be added as they are reviewed.

Guidelines for working with Raw Sewage or Untreated Wastewater

Risk Assessment Resources

PIs or their Group Safety Representative should complete a risk assessment form when submitting any protocols involving new biohazardous agents. If no risk assessment is on file for the lab for a protocol, a new one must be created prior to biosafety protocol approval and discussed with the Biosafety Officer.

Biological Risk Assessment Template

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 Biosafety Protocol 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

American Biological Safety Association (ABSA)

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Midwest Area Biosafety Network (MABioN)


The following are the materials made available to the UWM campus and to the general public to learn more about the UWM biosafety program and best practices.

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Fall 2018 Newsletter


July 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 NIH Guidelines Newsletter