Biological Safety Overview

Fall 2018 Biosafety Training Sessions Now Available!

“Protecting Researchers and the University Community”

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is committed to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, visitors and the environment  by facilitating a biological safety program that promotes safe microbiological practices and procedures, provides training and recommendations for the proper use of containment equipment and facilities, and oversee research protocols in microbiology, tissue culture, recombinant DNA, molecular biology, synthetic biology, and biotechnology. As an academic institution that recieves NIH funding, we ensure that the research community adheres with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules. The Biological Safety Program also utilizes the standard practices set forth in the “Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories” (BMBL) to ensure safe, productive work environments with the cooperation of our campus laboratory and research partners, as well as all state and federal regulations pertaining to the handling, decontamination, and disposal of biohazardous waste.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for assessing risks and potential environmental impacts associated with activities involving biohazardous materials and making recommendations for the safe conduct of such studies. It also functions on behalf of the institution to ensure that campus activities involving biohazardous materials are performed in compliance with current policies and guidelines set forth by UWMState of WisconsinCenters For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other regulatory agencies.To learn more about the IBC, visit the UWM IBC Page.

If you would like additional information, please contact us at to learn more about the biosafety program.


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.

Biosafety Fall 2018 Newsletter


July 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 NIH Guidelines Newsletter