To comply with NIH regulations, the University of Utah Biosafety Office facilitates reporting of potential laboratory exposures, spills, or other incidents (1) to the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA). If an incident (sharps injury, splash, spill, unauthorized work, etc) occurs, the following steps must be taken by the PI:
- Report incident within 24 hours by phone (801-581-6590) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to University of Utah Biosafety.
- Submit additional information to Biosafety using this form; this information MUST be submitted to Biosafety within 10 working days after the initial incident.
A final report will be compiled based on the provided information and submitted to NIH by Biosafety.
(1)The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines) states that “…any significant problems, violations of the NIH Guidelines, or any significant research-related accidents and illnesses” must be reported to NIH OBA within 30 days. Certain types of incidents must be reported on a more expedited basis. Spills or accidents in BL2 laboratories resulting in an overt exposure must be immediately reported to NIH OBA. Spills or accidents occurring in high containment (BL3 or BL4) laboratories resulting in an overt or potential exposure must be immediately reported to NIH OBA.