Biological Safety Links and Companies Accredited for Certification of Biological Safety Cabinets

Biosafety in Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratories-6th Edition Online addition of the CDC-NIH’s standard reference on Biological Safety (November, 2020) 

OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard  29CFR-1910.1030 listed here for your viewing pleasure. 

Biosafety Related SDS's   Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for chemical products have been available to workers for many years. However because many laboratory workers, whether in research, public health, teaching, etc., are exposed to not only chemicals but infectious substances as well, there was a large gap in the readily available safety literature for employees. These SDS are produced for personnel working in the life sciences as quick safety reference material relating to infectious microorganisms. 

The National Select Agents Registry Program The CDC and USDA requires that laboratories using or shipping certain toxins and high-hazard microorganisms obtain prior CDC/USDA approval for these activities. If you have any questions about compliance or applicability, contact EHS; a program is already in place to facilitate the approval process. 

NIH Guidelines  NIH guidelines that specify practices for constructing and handling: recombinant (DNA) molecule and organisms and viruses containing recombinant DNA molecules.

Principles of Laboratory Biosecurity Because of the growing concern about the possible use of biological, chemical, and radioactive materials as agents for terrorism, the CDC/NIH has added this section to the latest version of Biosafety in Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratories

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals  Online reference of the National Academy of Sciences (1996). 

Institute of Comparative Medicine Homepage for the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine. Check here for useful forms, training, and documents pertaining to the use of laboratory animals.

Animal housing requirements. Matrix that identifies the animal biosafety containment level for a number of different experimental models of infectious agent and viral vectors.

Individual laboratories and departments are responsible for annual certifications of their biosafety cabinets. EH&S and Procurement Services are pleased to announce a change in Columbia’s UwPA suppliers for biological safety cabinet recertification and decontamination services. The change comes following the completion of a competitive RFP process conducted by EH&S and Procurement Services.

Companies now qualified by EH&S for this service are:

  1. Technical Safety Services (TSS) 
    ARC Supplier ID: 0000090337
    Sales Representative: Nichole Stacey, (425) 780-0988, [email protected]
  2. Scientific Equipment Product Service (S.E.P.S.) 
    ARC Supplier ID: 000009735
    Sales Representatives: John Carroll, [email protected]. Joe Tantalo, [email protected] 
  3. DigeLab Solutions 
    ARC Supplier ID: 0000158091
    Sales Representative: Beatriz Melgar, (201) 606-2225, [email protected]

ARC Contract Category Codes:

81101706 Laboratory Equipment Maintenance
81141504 Equipment Test Calibration or Repair
4110350201 Biosafety Cabinets—Minor
41103502 Fume Hoods—Minor

You are strongly encouraged to use a preferred supplier with a University-Wide Purchasing Agreement (UwPA), as they have already been approved by Columbia. Visit Learn about University-Wide Purchasing Agreements (UwPA) for more information. Using a non-approved supplier will require a variety of different documentation and methods of payment, and, in some cases, will require competitive bidding. Contact [email protected] if you wish to obtain information on other companies performing this service.

The renegotiated contracts have revised pricing and will offer cost savings to Departments and PIs. These suppliers have also agreed to a high standard of customer service related to convenient scheduling of visits, notification of expiring certifications and sharing of technical knowledge and best practices with investigators. The certification price is typically $125-150 if no other services are required.

We’d like to know how well these companies are performing. Your feedback on positive and negative experiences is valued. Please submit comments to [email protected].

More information: (including ARC codes)

Baker will no longer be supporting certain Biological Safety Cabinet Models. Please see the notice from Baker regarding their obsolescence.