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These guidelines describe the responsibilities of and procedures for University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) personnel engaged in activities using recombinant DNA and/or microbiological agents that pose a potential health risk to humans.
Supervisors of such activities (i.e., principal investigator, course instructor, and laboratory director) are responsible for the following:
The IBC is responsible for the following:
The UMMC Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) is responsible for student, employee, patient and visitor health and safety, and supports the IBC through a Biosafety Officer who provides training, certification and facility inspections designed to prevent exposure incidents and injury, identify and eliminate hazards and establish safe work practices and procedures. EHS staff provides assistance in areas besides biosafety.
Biohazards are divided into two broad categories; recombinant DNA and other microbiological biohazards. Microbiological biohazards include (1) activities that involve propagation or manipulation of microorganisms that are pathogenic in humans, as well as (2) activities that involve handling of tissues or cells that may harbor pathogenic microorganisms.
Personnel who join an activity subsequent to IBC registration must be adequately trained by their supervisor and file a Statement of Informed Consent BEFORE they commence work with biohazards.
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