Biological Safety

Biological material is used frequently in teaching and research at NMSU and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is committed to supporting the use of biological material in various teaching, research, clinical and service missions at NMSU. The primary function of the IBC and the Biosafety Manager is to establish and maintain university policies concerning how NMSU employees can use various types of biological material in a safe and compliant manner. The Biosafety Manager also serves as the university’s compliance officer for biosafety and works to ensure that work with biological material is in compliance with the IBC policies and meets the provisions of applicable local, State and Federal regulations.

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard applies to not only research and teaching activities, but also applies to work activities involving biological materials in skilled trades such as custodial, police and EMT Personnel. These activities are covered under the NMSU Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan.  It is a joint responsibility between the Biosafety Manager and EH&S to provide and enforce safety guidelines for the proper handling and disposal of biological materials.

A successful biosafety program depends on the cooperation of many individuals and groups at all levels within the university. NMSU is committed to providing a quality biosafety program that is designed to protect the health and safety of users, the university population and surrounding community as a whole. Please view the links below for specific information and training for the NMSU Biosafety Program.