The National Biosafety Officer in the ARS Homeland Security Office administers the ARS Biological Safety Program. The purpose of this program is to prevent or minimize employee exposure or the accidental release to the environment of hazardous biological agents through the promotion of safe laboratory practices, procedures, and proper use of containment and facilities by REE employees, students, visitors, cooperators, and contractors.
There are three relevant Biosafety Levels: BSL-1, BSL-2 and BSL-3. ARS agency policy, as assigned by NPI program staff, has adopted a policy that all ARS facilities (including Non-ARS facilities where our scientists are physically at site) shall operate at a minimum BSL-2 practice level.
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