Biological Safety Program

The Biological Safety Program is responsible for providing support to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston students and personnel concerning the recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, biological, and physical hazards. Our goal is to provide the safest work environment for all UTHealth employees and the surrounding health science center community, as well as minimizing risk to the environment and property.

The Biological Safety Program is located at OCB in room: OCB 1.330. They may be reached by phone at: (713) 500-8100 or fax at: (713) 500-8170

Biological Safety Training

Initial Laboratory and Bloodborne Pathogens Training* required by UT System
Annual Laboratory and Bloodborne Pathogens Training *required annually
Infectious Substance Shipping Training -*required every two years
Institutional Biosafety Committees Annual Training 2013

Biological Safety Manual, and Guidance Documents

UTHSC-H Institutional Biological Safety Manual (pdf)
UTHSC-H Biological Safety Cabinets Guidance Document
UTHSC-H Indoor Air Quality - Mold

Laboratory Safety Audits

Select Agents and Toxins Reference Pages

CDC Select Agents Program Page (CDC site)
- Select Agent List
- Regulations: Final Rule (pdf) and Information for Transferring or Receiving (CDC site)
CDC Bioterrorism Web Page

Useful Biological Safety Links

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)


Southern Biosafety Association -ABSA Affiliate

National & International

American Biological Safety Association (ABSA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health Canada's Biological MSDS

World Health Organization

Biological Safety Staff

Rachel Gamble, Safety Manager

(713) 500-8161
B.S., Oklahoma State University (Biological Sciences)
M.S., Oklahoma State University (Food Science)

Kristin King, Safety Specialist
(713) 500-8163
B.S., University of Texas at Austin (Microbiology)

Brett Haltiwanger, Ph.D., Safety Specialist
(713) 500-8162
BS:, Sweet Briar College (Biology)
PhD:, Thomas Jefferson University (Microbiology and Molecular Virology) 

Shalaka Kotkar, Ph.D., Safety Specialist
(713) 500-8166

B.S.; St. Xavier’s College, India (Microbiology & Biochemistry)
Ph.D.; Purdue University (Cellular and Molecular Microbiology)