The specifications presented here are for research that is to be contained at biosafety levels 1, 2, and 3. The Institutional Biosafety Committee sets biosafety levels for research projects in accordance with the latest version of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid MoleculesThe Biosafety Officer should be involved in the design review and approval for new or modified laboratories that will be used for biological containment.


These specifications do not factor in American with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues, nor recent changes to building or fire codes.


Work with certain organisms or strategies may incur additional components to the containment facilities. These design guidelines are not inclusive for containment facilities intended for the following:


  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Insects as disease vectors
  • Select Agents
  • USDA regulated animal and plant pathogens
  • Large-scale (> 10 liters) liquid cultures
  • Biological work covered by the Food and Drug Administration