Subcommittee on Research Safety and Security (SRSS Biosafety) - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Subcommittee on Research Safety and Security (SRSS Biosafety)

For Investigators: Committees - Biosafety

Committee Responsibilities

The Subcommittee on Research Safety and Security (SRSS Biosafety) 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 SRSS.

The SRSS 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 SRS of unsafe conditions or other issues related to safety.

The SRSS 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 SRSS 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 SRS 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 SRS before implementation of the study.


Meeting Dates

Research Biosafety Submission Form

Research Biosafety Annual Renewal Form

SRSS New Protocol Amendment Form

SRSS Termination Form


Security for VA Research Laboratory

All employees must read and acknowledge Security VA Research Laboratory. Please review the attached file and return your signed acknowledgement to Kristine DeLeon-Pennell, Ph.D. in the Research Office.


Shipping hazardous & Infectious Agents

All individuals who will be packaging and shipping hazardous materials must receive training, both initially and recertified every two years. The training can be completed via the Mayo Clinic. Please provide SRSS Biosafety Chair Kristine DeLeon-Pennell, PhD a copy of the certification.