Biological Safety and Waste Management

Edward Johnson

Edward Johnson
Biological Safety Officer

John Baumgartner, BioSafety Officer

John Baumgartner
Associate Biological Safety Officer

 Biological Safety

Biological Safety
Office of Prospective Health
600 Moye Boulevard
Edward N. Warren Life Sciences Building
Room 188
Mail Stop #640
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252-744-2070
Fax: 252-744-2417

Courtney Williford, BioSafety Officer

Courtney Williford
EHS Technician

Biological Waste Management

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

Biological Waste Pick Up Contacts

  • For Radioactive Waste pick up, call 252-744-3867 and press #1.
  • For HIPAA-Compliant Clinical Confidential Document pick up, call 252-744-3867 and press #2.
  • For Biological Waste pick up, call 252-744-3867 and press #3.
  • For other questions, call 252-744-9092.

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

Biological Safety Cabinets and Laminar Flow Hood Certificate Costs (pdf)

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 (252-744-3437).



IBC Meeting Dates


  • January17        (Deadline January 10, 2019)
  • March 21          (Deadline March 14, 2019)
  • May 16             (Deadline May 9, 2019)
  • July 18             (Deadline July 11, 2019)
  • September 19  (Deadline September 12, 2019)
  • November 21   (November 14, 2019)

Signs and Labels/Stickers

Hazardous Material Transportation General Security Awareness - Saf-T-Pak/IATA Training Requirements

Shipping Division 6.2 Dangerous Goods Compliance Training**

  **New Users use this link for Hazardous Material Transportation General Security Awareness (Saf-T-Pak Training)

  • Hazardous Material Transportation General Security Awareness Form (Click Here)
  • Hazardous Material Transportation General Security Awareness - 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.

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 John Baumgartner at 252-744-2070.

Training Slides and Videos