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Office of Prospective Health
Ed Warren Life Science Building
Room 188
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Edward Johnson
Biological Safety Officer


 Biological Safety


Office of Prospective Health
600 Moye Boulevard
Ed Warren Life Science Building Room 188
Mail Stop #640
Greenville, NC  27834
Phone (252)744-2070 
Fax (252) 744-2417 
Chad Spruill
Associate Biological Safety Officer

 Biological Waste Management

Our biological waste management division schedules pickup and disposal of biomedical waste and regulated (red bag) waste and sharps.  

Biohazardous Materials Use

Biohazardous Materials include:
  •     Allergens
  •     Biotoxins
  •     Infectious agents/microorganisms
  •     Human blood, tissue or cell lines
  •     Knock-out or transgenic animals
  •     Recombinant DNA in plants or symbionts
  •     Recombinant DNA or RNA
  •     Transgenic plants
  •     Viral Vectors   

Approval for the use of Biohazardous Agents in research or teaching is required.

All individuals are required to file a registration with the Office of Prospective

Health/Biological Safety, if they wish to work with a covered biohazard (biotoxins,

allergens, biohazardous agents, microorganisms with an assigned biosafety

level 2 or higher, human tissues, body fluids and commercially available human

cell lines, any recombinant DNA or synthetic genomics work or use of viral

vectors,  or Select Agents).  Use or breeding of knock-out or transgenic

animals may require registration to meet NIH Guidelines. 



Biological Safety Cabinets


       All biological safety cabinets at East Carolina University must be certified annually. 

 Basic certification includes: leak testing HEPA filters, checking air inflow and exhaust

rates in the cabinet, noise and vibration tests, as well as checking light levels inside
the cabinet on the work surface.

Cabinets are to be certified when they are newly installed, annually, or if moved
to a different location. If your cabinet needs certification, or if you believe it may
not be operating properly, contact the Biological Safety Officer (744-3437). 







           (Deadline Sept. 11, 2014)**  Meeting will be held on Sept. 18, 2014
           (Deadline November 13, 2014)** Meeting will be held on November 20, 2014

Information Links

Saf-T-Pak/IATA Training Requirements
Saf-T-Pak/IATA training is required every two years for anyone shipping dangerous goods through IATA.  Dangerous goods are defined as articles or substances which are capable of posing risk to health, safety, property or the environment. If your position requires you to ship any dangerous goods through IATA, you need training.  
You may be exempt** from this training depending on what you actually ship (see below).  
Shipping categories*** which require training:
(***Feel free to contact our biosafety office to obtain a copy of our "Dangerous Goods Packaging, Labeling, and Declaration Checklist" available on loan as well as consultant resources with clinics 
and labs involved in shipping to answer your questions.  Contact numbers for this information include (252) 744-3437 or (252) 744-2237.
  • Category A substances: An infectious substance which is transported in a form that, when exposure to it occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, life threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.
  • Category B substances: An infectious substance which does not meet the criteria for inclusion into category A (example, patient samples in which it has not been determined if they contain an infectious substance or not) 
  • If you ship genetically modified organism or micro-organisms

**YOU MAY BE EXEMPT FROM THIS TRAINING IF: Exempt status can only be used for direct patient specimens.  Direct patient specimens are those collected directly from the human or animal which have been determined by a professional to have minimal likelihood of containing a pathogen.  If the specimen is cultured after collection, it can no longer be considered a direct patient specimen.

Please review the list of Category A substances and flow chart below to determine whether or not you need training.   If you follow the flow chart and end up at any of the UN boxes at the bottom, then this training is required for you.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call Eddie Johnson or Chad Spruill at 744-2070.
           Training Slides and VIDEOS
CDC Links 
American Biological Safety Association
Controlled Environmental Testing Association





Biological Waste Pick Up Contacts:

biohazard waste trash can


  • For Radioactive Waste pick up, call 744-3867 and press #1.
  • For HIPPA-Compliant Clinical Confidential Document pick up, call 744-3867 and press #2.
  • For Biological Waste pick up, call 744-3867 and press #3.
  • For other questions call 744-9092.  
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