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Campus Policy Number: 425-07

Biosafety

Policy Owner: Environmental Health & Safety
Effective Date: 1/15/94

  1. REFERENCES
  2. The Biosafety program is a safety program that is subject to regulatory oversight and the overlapping jurisdictions of Federal, State, and Federal agencies.

    Some of the major Federal, State and Local regulations that serve as a basis for the campus policies and procedures (e.g. Medical Waste Management) that deal with the use of biohazardous materials in the teaching and research activities at UCR.

    Federal Statutes and/or Regulations

    1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Regulations, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, various parts.
    2. U.S. Department of Labor, Title 29, Parts 1900 to 1910.
    3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, various parts.
    4. U.S. Department of Transportation Regulations Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter I, Parts 170 to 199.

    California Statutes and/or Regulations

    1. Medical Waste Management Act of the California Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.1, Article 2.
    2. Cal/Osha Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Section 5193, Title 8, California Code of Regulations.

    Local Regulations

    1. County of Riverside Ordinance No. 718

  3. POLICY
  4. The biohazardous materials that are used in the research and teaching activities at UCR are to be used in such a way that the health risk to employees, students and the public are minimized and that they are in compliance with the appropriate Federal, State, and Local regulations.

  5. SCOPE
  6. The program applies to all personnel under University auspices who use, supervise, or control the use of biohazardous materials.

  7. RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY
  8. The Chancellor has delegated the responsibility for biosafety to EH&S. Management of the program is assigned to EH&S Radiation/BioSafety. Principal Investigators are responsible for maintaining compliance with program requirements for projects that are under their control.

    EH&S is authorized by the Chancellor to limit, suspend, or stop activities that involve the use of biohazardous material if such use is immediately dangerous to life and health of individuals or violates health and safety codes.

  9. REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO THE USE OF BIOHAZARDOUS MATERIALS
  10. There are two basic "Plans" required, Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control, and Medical Waste Management. The basic elements of each program are listed below.

    1. Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan (pending)
    2. Must be in writing and include the elements listed below. For details see the UCR Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.

      Important elements of the plan:

      • Identification of hazards
      • Engineering controls
      • Work practice controls
      • Personnel protective equipment
      • Training
      • Medical surveillance program
      • Record keeping
      • Evaluation of exposure incidents

    3. Medical Waste Management Plan (pending)
    4. Must be in writing and include the elements listed below. For details see the UCR Medical Waste Management Plan.

      Important elements of the plan:

      • Waste minimization/segregation program
      • Training
      • Personnel protective equipment
      • Waste containment
      • Proper signs and labels
      • Storage
      • Waste pickup
      • Transportation
      • Decontamination
      • Treatment/disposal
      • Documentation