The Research Biosafety Subcommittee (RBS) is a subcommittee of the Research and Development Committee that includes members that are representative of Research Service. The Safety Officer for the Strom Thurmond Building is also a member of the RBS.
The RBS is responsible for coordinating the safety program in all designated research areas. It ensures that quarterly safety inspections are conducted, safety training is provided, accidents are reported and investigated, and safety questions are addressed in a timely manner. Employees are encouraged to notify any member of the RBS of unsafe conditions or other issues related to safety.
The RBS is responsible for reviewing written safety plans, procedures including use of biohazards, and policies of the Research Service to ensure these programs are in compliance with the requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) and VA standards.
The RBS is responsible for reviewing the safety aspects of all studies. This includes the storage, use and disposal of chemicals, radioisotopes, microbial agents, recombinant DNA, human tissues/specimens, biological toxins, non-microbial agents, and physical agents. The RBS members with biosafety expertise review those grant proposals in which biohazards or potential biohazards are used. All laboratory studies that are to be conducted at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, regardless of funding source, must be reviewed and approved by the RBS before implementation of the study.
Security Awareness Training.
|All employees within VA research space must recieve Security
Training. Training is available by reviewing the attached file
and returning the signed acknowledgement that training has been completed to Laverne Inniss in the Research Office.
|Shipping hazardous & Infectious Agents
All individuals who will be shipping hazardous materials must receive training.
Training is available through a CD which can be obtained from Paul Kelly in the Research Office.
M. Rita I. Young, Ph.D.
Associate Chief of Staff for Research
Phone: (843) 789-6707; Fax: (843) 876-5384
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401