Biosafety Basics

Biohazardous materials are infectious agents or other biological materials that present a risk or potential risk to the health of humans, animals or the environment.

Biohazardous materials include:

  • organisms and viruses infectious to humans, animals or plants (e.g. parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, prions, rickettsia) cultured human and animal cells
  • certain types of recombinant DNA
  • biologically active agents that may cause disease in other living organisms or cause significant impact to the environment or community. (i.e. toxins, allergens, venoms)

The keys to working safely with biohazardous materials are:


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