Montana State University


Link to New Biosafety Form 2/1/2014

Link to IBC Modification Form 3/7/2014

Send Modification to Kirk Lubick at or Elizabeth Nicholas at
Biosafety at Montana State University


  • IBC Submission and Meeting Dates
  • Submission Date: April 10, 2014 Meeting Date: April 24, 2014
  • Submission Date: May 8, 2014 Meeting Date: May 22,2014

New Update! The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Moleculesare now in effect.Click here for a link to FAQs about what types of synthetic nucleic acids are covered under the new guidelines. Please contact the Office of Biosafety to make sure any work with synthetic nucleic acids is registered correctly with the Institutional Biosafety Committee.


Welcome to MSU's Biosafety website. This website has been developed to help Principal Investigators, researchers, and staff develops safe laboratory environments and work practices to work safely with biohazardous agents such as infectious microorganisms, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, and biologically derived toxins.
Biosafety is the discipline that addresses how to safely handle and contain infectious microorganisms and hazardous biological materials with the goal of preventing laboratory acquired infections and to protect the community and environment from accidental releases. It is based on good microbiological practices, the use of safety equipment and personal protective equipment, and the consideration of secondary containment when designing laboratories. Everyone that works in a lab with biohazardous agents plays a role in biosafety at MSU. The MSU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for review and oversight of research and teaching activities that use recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, infectious agents, and toxins. If you are working with these materials, you must submit a protocol(s) to the IBC for approval. Principal Investigators are responsible for carrying out the IBC approved Biosafety Program and for following any regulations that apply to their research such as the National Institutes of Health Guidelines on recombinant and/or synthetic nucleic acid research. Individual researchers and laboratory workers are responsible for following established guidelines and policies and for reporting incidents and unsafe working conditions.
Biosafety is just one aspect of laboratory safety. Other aspects of laboratory safety may include chemical safety, medical surveillance, ergonomics, and compliance with OSHA regulations. These other aspects of laboratory safety are addressed by Safety and Risk Management (SRM) at MSU and this webpage links to the SRM webpage where the biosafety program and the SRM programs overlap.