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To better protect the public health, the White House and NIH has urged us to review biosafety and biosecurity procedures, and to continue our sustained inventory monitoring.  Take time to 

  • Clean out refrigerators and freezers, discard waste appropriately, and decontaminate
  • Create or update an accurate inventory of infectious agents and biotoxins-- Use UH Laboratory Inventory Declaration 
  • Update your biosafety training
  • Contact ORC for assistance with any biosafety issues of concern

For further infomation, link to the following sites:

White House memorandum: http://www.absa.org/pdf/140819WhitehouseMemoEnhancingBiosafetyandBiosecurity.pdf 

NIH notice:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-127.html

American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Public Affairs statement: https://www.asm.org/index.php/publicpolicy-2/statements-testimony/99-policy/policy/93059-freezer-8-14