Environmental Health & Safety

IBC

Institutional Biological & Chemical (IBC) Safety Committee

The Institutional Biological & Chemical (IBC) Safety Committee is responsible for ensuring that research carried out at WUSTL is conducted in a safe and responsible manner. The IBC oversees research involving recombinant DNA, infectious or potentially infectious agents, and/or hazardous chemicals.

Approval Process
New protocols and renewal submissions must be submitted through the online myIBC application. If you need access to the system please email ehsibc@wusm.wustl.edu. If you would like someone to be able to create, edit, or submit a protocol on your behalf please include this information in your email. Instructions on navigating myIBC are available at http://ehs.wustl.edu/resources/EHS%20Documents/MyIBC%20Instructions.pdf and an FAQ/Troubleshooting manual for the system is available at http://ehs.wustl.edu/resources/EHS%20Documents/myIBC_FAQ.pdf. Please note that the FAQ/Troubleshooting manual is a living document and will be updated periodically.
 
Amendment applications for legacy protocols can be submitted by updating the Word document version of your current protocol. If you need a copy of your legacy protocol please contact ehsibc@wusm.wustl.edu.  Amendment applications for protocols already in myIBC must be submitted through myIBC.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Policies and Procedures

Suggested Language

  • Disposal - Danforth Campus
    • Solid biohazardous waste: Choose either autoclave or Biology or Biomedical Engineering department biohazardous waste disposal.  If waste will be autoclaved and placed in the regular trash, the autoclave must be validated weekly using a biological indicator (e.g. spore strips).  
    • Liquid biohazardous waste: 10% final concentration bleach for at least 20 minutes followed by drain disposal.
    • Sharps: Approved sharps container, Biology or Biomedical Engineering department biohazardous waste disposal.
    • Chemical waste: EH&S disposal.
    • Animal carcasses/bedding: Danforth Animal Facility
  • Disposal - Medical School Campus
    • Solid biohazardous waste: Choose either autoclave or EH&S biohazardous waste disposal.  If waste will be autoclaved and placed in the regular trash, the autoclave must be validated weekly using a biological indicator (e.g. spore strips).  For labs in Barnes buildings, Barnes will remove the waste rather than WU EH&S.
    • Liquid biohazardous waste: 10% final concentration bleach for at least 20 minutes followed by drain disposal.
    • Sharps: Approved sharps container, EH&S biohazardous waste disposal.
    • Chemical waste: EH&S disposal.
    • Animal carcasses/bedding: DCM
  • Exposure response
    • Skin exposures - wash with soap and water.  Mucous membrane exposures - flush with water for 15 minutes.  Needle stick - wash with soap and water and notify the Infectious Diseases Hotline.  On the Medical School Campus, call 747-3535.  On Danforth Campus, call 1-877-767-8397.
    • All exposures should be reported to Employee Health (362-3528).
    • For each pathogen, suggested therapeutic agents should be listed (if known).
  • Shedding of hazardous materials
    • Viral vectors - cages should be labeled with the vector name, date of administration, and the phrase "potentially infectious" for 72 hours after administration
    • Replication-competent microbes - cages should be labeled with the microbe name, date of administration, and the phrase "potentially infectious" for the duration of the experiment
    • Chemicals (acute exposure) - cages should be labeled with the chemical name, date of administration, and the phrase "potentially hazardous" for 48 hours after administration
    • Chemicals (chronic exposure) - cages should be labeled with the chemical name, date of administration, and the phrase "potentially hazardous" for the duration of exposure plus 48 hours

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