Biosafety Level Three Research (BSL 3)

Rutgers University is home to a well-established research program in tuberculosis and select biological agents. This research is performed in high containment facilities located in Newark, NJ. These facilities are inspected regularlyby the CDC import permit group and the Division of Select Agents and Toxins. Rutgers is also home to one of twelve Regional Biocontainment Laboratories funded by the National Institutes of Health.

BSL3 researchers can access specific information and training requirements in the BSL3/ Select Agent database located in MyREHS.

For information regarding this research program, please contact the University Biosafety Officer at 973-972-8424 or Jessica.mccormickell@rutgers.edu.

Clinical Biosafety

Rutgers is the home to several hundred clinics with many differing specialties. We have a specific training program online at MYREHS for clinicians, as well as an online respirator database for those clinicians needing medical clearance for respiratory protection and fit testing. Clinical areas are subject to regulated medical waste policies, hazardous chemical waste policies, the exposure control plan and the TB Infection Control Plan. REHS is available to support clinical safety in all arenas. Below are some specialty resources for our clinical partners.

Ebola preparedness guidelines for clinics

Safer Needle Devices:

Clinics must document the evaluation of safer devices annually, and before their use. Documentation must include a sign in sheet and meeting minutes. All persons using these devices must be trained prior to use. Training can be a video, hands on by someone in the clinical area, or by the sales representative. For questions, please call REHS at 848-445-2550.

The following list includes the safety needle devices that have been evaluated and are in use in many Rutgers clinical sites state-wide. For new clinics, and for persons looking to change their sharps device, this list is very helpful.

  • Smith Needle-Pro™
  • Retractable Technology Vanish Point™
  • Smith Medical Saf T Wing™ blood collection sets
  • BD Safety Glide™
  • BD Safety-Lok™ Blood Collection Sets
  • BD Safety-Lok™ syringe (conditionally approved for lidocaine use only)
  • J&J/Jelco Protectiv™ IV Catheter
  • Deltec Gripper Plus™ protected Porta-Cath
  • BD PhaSeal™ injectable for hazardous drugs
  • Smith Point-Lok™ (for use with devices with no commercially available safety features such as biopsy needles)

Agricultural/ Plant Biosafety

In the fall of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that they are developing an Agricultural Biosafety/ Biocontainment Manual. This announcement is much overdue as the guidelines for agricultural biosafety and biocontainment are very limited. The focus of biosafety/ biocontainment for this type of research is opposite to the thinking of many in terms of risk. Many times, risk is to the worker, whereas with agricultural and plant research, the risk is to the environment as a whole, animals and plants. REHS is in the process of developing guidelines to assist our researchers in this arena. We have a specific plant biosafety course offered as needed, please contact biosafety@ipo.rutgers.edu to set up a date.

If you have recommendations for policies at Rutgers for agricultural biosafety, please contact the University Biosafety Officer. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Large Scale (≥ 5L)

All work with materials in quantities larger than 5L must be registered and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee before initiation.