Laboratory and Biosafety Information

What is Biosafety? 

Biosafety is the use of practices in the correct handling of biohazardous agents that have the potential to infect people, plants, or animals. 

BSL Chart

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have created guidelines for protecting workers and limiting potential exposure to pathogens in the laboratory setting. There are four biosafety levels; each level has specific controls in place for the containment of microbes. A higher number means the lab deals with higher-risk organisms, and has more precautions and control in place to keep people safe and healthy. 

For more information, Riley County Health Department has created a biosafety laboratory fact sheet