Research Safety Campus Policies approved by the Research Safety Policy Council
Other applicable policies
Volunteer Policy (Human Resources/Legal Counsel)
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) Policy
The purpose of this Policy is to describe and provide guidance for the ongoing institutional review and oversight of certain life sciences research with high-consequence pathogens and toxins in order to identify potential DURC and mitigate risks where appropriate. This Policy delineates the roles and responsibilities of the University of Chicago Research Administration (URA), the University of Chicago Principal Investigators (PIs) engaged in research activity that can have DURC potential or that has been identified as DURC, and the University of Chicago DURC Task Force (UC-DTF).
Below are the manuals for Biological Safety, Chemical Safety, and Radiation Safety.
University of Chicago Biosafety Manual: 3rd Edition
The University of Chicago’s Biosafety Manual provides detailed guidelines for handling pathogenic microorganisms and other potentially infectious materials at Biosafety Level 2. This manual discusses the recognition and control of biohazardous materials and includes an illustration of reporting structure and important contact information. You can download the full version or click on the Chapter most relevant to your search.
Full Text PDF UC Biosafety Manual Third Edition
Chapter I Introduction
Chapter II Code of Conduct and Culture of Responsibility
Chapter III General Biosafety Principles
Chapter IV Biohazard Containment
Chapter V Disposal of Wastes Contaminated with Infectious Agents
Chapter VI Emergency Plans and Reporting
Chapter VII Shipping Hazardous Biological Materials
Chapter VIII Viral Vectors
Chapter IX Biological Toxins
Chapter X Select Agents and Toxins
Chapter XI Dual Use Research of Concern
Appendix 1 Important Contact Information
Appendix 2 IBC Reporting Procedure
Biological Spill Response
Accidents happen and it is our job to make sure that you know what to do when that 20ml culture of Bacillus anthracis, or other potentially infectious substance, spills all over your lab bench. You can be prepared by downloading UChicago’s Biological Spill Protocol.
Chemical Hygiene Plan
Full Text PDF Chemical Hygiene Plan
Radiation Safety Manual
The University of Chicago’s Radiation Safety Manual provides detailed guidelines for safe handling of radioactive materials. This manual discusses exposure control, procurement, waste management, and monitoring of radioactive materials. You can download the full version or click on the Chapter most relevant to your search.
Full Text PDF Radiation Safety Manual
Chapter I Application for Radioactive Protocol
Chapter II Radioactive Material Ordering
Chapter III Radioactive Material Accountability
Chapter IV Transferring Radioactive Material
Chapter V Occupational Exposure Monitoring
Chapter VI Safe Use of Radioactive Material
Chapter VII Recharge Services
Chapter VIII Radioactive Waste Management Program
Chapter IX Bioassay Guidelines
Chapter X Radiation Safety Audit Program
Chapter XI Radiation Badge Fact Sheet
University Fee Schedule
Medical Center Fee Schedule
Radioactive Incident Response
What do you do if you spill radioactive material? Who should you contact if you think you’ve been exposed to sources of radiation or have possibly encountered an overexposure? To answer these questions, download UChicago’s Radioactive Incident Response.