The Biosecurity Core ensures compliance with local, state and nafional regulations and serves as a resource for pending legislation related to biosecurity in high and maximum containment laboratories and control of select agents. Core staff works closely with the Environmental Health and Biosafety Regulations and Requirements (EH&BRR) Core to develop and implement programs. The Core provides oversight, devises and directs relevant staff training, and develops and implements in conjunction with appropriate UTMB departments a personnel reliability program for BSL4 staff. It assists with the planning and conduct of biosecurity drills in close association with EH&BRR Core. The Core monitors access to select agent inventories and conducts an independent select agent program review. It oversees physical security personnel security, material control and accountability, transport security and information security. It interfaces with the UTMB Police Department, which provides the GNL Security Services, independentiy implements the physical security program, and is committed to providing the safe and secure operation of the GNL, for both UTMB employees and the surrounding community. The UTMB Police Department complies with all federal and state laws regulating select biological agents.

Public Health Relevance

The Biosecurity Core ensures compliance with all federal and state laws regulating select agents and serves as a resource for pending legislation and federal activities related to biosecurity. The Core oversees physical and personnel security, material control and accountability, transport and information security, and interfaces with the UTMB Police Department, which independently implements the GNL physical security program.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Type
National Biocontainment Laboratory Operation Cooperative Agreement (UC7)
Project #
5UC7AI094660-03
Application #
8496691
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAI1-PRJ-M)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2013-05-01
Budget End
2014-04-30
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$2,719,057
Indirect Cost
$847,452
Name
University of Texas Medical Br Galveston
Department
Type
DUNS #
800771149
City
Galveston
State
TX
Country
United States
Zip Code
77555
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