Hazardous Materials

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Faculty and staff conducting projects that involve hazardous biological materials (including recombinant DNA, select agents, dual use research of concern), radiological materials, controlled substances, or hazardous chemicals must comply with all relevant government regulations. No research involving such substances, whether grant-funded or not, may be conducted prior to receiving appropriate approvals.  Some agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, will not award a grant if the researcher lacks the necessary institutional approval for the project. In some cases, agencies will not review a proposal that lacks proper clearance; thus, researchers should contact the appropriate committee as early during the proposal process as possible.   

SIUC's Center for Environmental Health and Safety (453-7180) oversees the activities described below and monitors compliance.

  • Hazardous Biological Materials and Recombinant DNA
    • Researchers who use biological materials in their laboratories are reminded that a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement is usually required by the Institutional Biosafety Committee prior to their use. Material acquired from non-SIU sources may additionally require a Materials Transfer Agreement. Transfers between the SOM – Springfield and the Carbondale campus are permitted, provided that the appropriate office on each campus is notified of the transfer. At Carbondale, please notify: Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee at biological@cehs.siu.edu

  • Dual Use Research of Concern
  • Radiological Materials
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Controlled Substances