Biosafety involves applying a combination of laboratory practices and procedures, laboratory facilities, and safety equipment when working with potentially biohazardous materials to protect laboratory personnel, research products, the environment and public health. It is a cooperative effort between the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Biosafety Officer (BSO), Principal Investigators (PI), and laboratory staff.

The Biosafety Officer has responsibility for the daily administration of standards set by the IBC and acts as the agent of the committee in their implementation. The officer also receives completed Biohazardous Research Registration Forms for preliminary screening and assignment to the IBC for review during scheduled meetings, conducts biohazardous risk assessments and assists PIs in developing research safety protocols and obtaining regulatory approvals, provides training on the principles and practices of biosafety, and arranges services for the appropriate medical surveillance of personnel working with biohazardous material. All of this is conducted in order to facilitate the PI's work in a manner that is both safe and in compliance with relevant regulations.

The Georgia State University Biosafety Manual provides more detailed information on the Biosafety Program.


If you work in a lab that handles recombinant DNA, bacteria, viruses, or any kind of biological/pathological materials, you are REQUIRED to take Biosafety Training and an annual refresher training. Note: If this is your first time taking the BioSafety Training, you are required to attend the in-class version of the Initial Biosafety Training. Initial BioSafety Training is given every third Wednesday of the month from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Registration is required. Register here. Annual refresher training is given via Desire2Learn. Please fill out the Training Request Form for access to the D2L course. 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Richard J. Muller, Jr.
Assistant Director
Biosafety Officer, Senior
Office of Research Safety
Phone: (404) 413-3510
Betsy Butler
Biosafety Specialist
Office of Research Safety
Phone: (404 413-3562