Standards/Guidance Documents

EHS biosafety personnel provide guidance and assistance in implementing biosafety programs, and review safety procedures in accordance with Weill Cornell Medicine safety programs and the requirements of federal, state and local agencies.

Principal investigators and laboratory personnel should consult the PDF icon Research Biosafety Manual for guidance on the safe conduct of biomedical research.

COVID-19 Research Biosafety Resources

To help support laboratories conducting COVID-19 related research, EHS has prepared the following biosafety resources (please note that you will need to log in with your CWID and password to access):

If you have any questions or need assistance with the guidance in these resources, please contact us at 646-962-7233 or

Other Resources

The Weill Cornell Medicine Research Biosafety Manual is based on the following publications:

All research and clinical laboratory staff working with human cells and tissues are required to follow the policies and guidelines established by the WCMC PDF icon Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan in accordance with the:

All research involving the potential use of select agents and toxins must first be approved by Environmental Health and Safety and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. If you intend to start select agent work, please contact EHS.

Shipping and receiving animals and animal-derived materials, infectious or biohazardous agents, biological toxins and genetically modified organisms may require the approval of both domestic and foreign federal agencies. Regulations that govern the transfer of biological materials help to minimize or eliminate the possible threats to public health and agriculture. Please refer to the PDF icon Biological Material and Dry Ice Shipment Manual for guidance and training requirements.

PDF icon Weill Cornell Medicine biological spill planning and response guidelines have been prepared to assist personnel in determining the necessary steps to respond to a biological spill properly.

The WCM Waste Disposal Manual provides guidance and details on proper handling and disposal of biological waste/Regulated Medical Waste (RMW), in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.

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