Laboratory Safety Awareness Week

Colleagues: please see the below communication from EH&S. February 12-16 is Laboratory Safety Awareness Week!  EH&S is celebrating with a themed week’s worth of educational activities around campus that give participants a chance to learn valuable safety skills and win prizes for themselves and their labs! Participants have a chance to… Scan the QR code for the most detailed and … Read More

PI Responsibility for Lab Closeout

Safety Oversight Committee To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty, Principal Investigators, Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts Dear Colleagues: Principal Investigators (PIs) of research laboratories that are ending their supervision of the laboratories, for example due to retirement or new employment, have an obligation to ensure that they do not leave hazardous materials (biologics, chemicals, gas cylinders, equipment, radioisotopes) … Read More

Invitation: 2023 Workshop On Laboratory Safety @ UCLA Sept 17-19

Colleagues: please see the below communication from EH&S. August 22, 2023 Dear Research Community, You are invited to attend the 2023 Workshop on Laboratory Safety, hosted this year at UCLA! Please register soon, as spots are limited and going fast. We hope you all are doing well and staying safe. Please send any questions you may have about this event … Read More


The IBC recently updated the policy “Use of Glass Pipettes in BSL-2 or Higher Laboratories.” While the substance of the policy remains unchanged, minor edits have been made. We encourage you to review and discuss this policy with your research team. All IBC policies are available on the IBC website: Please do not hesitate to contact us at or call (310) … Read More

Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) Research Involving the Use of Animals

Dear Colleagues: I am writing to you about animal research that requires the use of a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) facility. As you know, certain life sciences research is categorized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as BSL3: research involving “indigenous or exotic agents that may cause serious or potentially lethal disease through the inhalation route of exposure.” Animal … Read More

Research Policy & Compliance (RPC) 2022-23 Winter Holiday Closure

The Office of Research Policy & Compliance (RPC) will be closed to external business from December 19, 2022 through January 2, 2023 for the Winter Holidays, reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. While our offices are closed, the Chancellor’s Animal Research Committee (ARC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and Academic Radiation Safety Committee (ARSC) and Medical Radiation Safety Committee (MRSC) / … Read More

IBC REMINDER: Creating Amendments to your Biological Use Authorization (BUA)

This is a reminder that ANY change to your existing BUA must be submitted to the IBC for review and approval prior to implementation. Amendments may include, but are not limited to, changes in procedures/methods, personnel updates, addition of new materials, and addition of lab locations. Personnel only changes are considered a minor amendment to an existing BUA and will … Read More

30-Day Public Review for UCLA Policy 992

To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, UCLA Health, Vice Chancellors, and Vice Provosts Dear Colleagues: The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities has updated UCLA Policy 992: Use of Biohazardous Materials and Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules in Research and Teaching Activities. In 2020, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) modified their oversight regarding clinical … Read More

Important Change to the Continuing Review (CR) Process in SafetyNet for Human Gene Transfer (HGT) Studies

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) has updated the IBC guidance document, IBC Requirements for Human Gene Transfer (HGT) Studies. Changes to the document largely reflect updates summarized in the April 2019 Amendment of the NIH Guidelines in the oversight of HGT studies. The IBC will also be implementing yearly CRs for HGT studies, effective April 2022. This change is intended to align the review process with the … Read More

New Biohazard Exposure (ABC) Posters Available

On behalf of EH&S, we are pleased to inform you that new Biohazard Exposure (ABC) posters are available, starting today. The re-designed posters include the new location of Occupational Health (CHS 17-240, near Café Med). Please dispose of your current ABC posters and replace them with the new ones. The new Biohazard Exposure (ABC) posters will be distributed in multiple ways: Through … Read More