Biosafety @ EH&S


What Biosafety Does

Biosafety is a team of experts with various backgrounds in the biological sciences and training on personal, laboratory and environmental exposure prevention. Biosafety is available to help identify hazards associated with biological research; suggest methods to mitigate associated risks; and serve as a resource for federal, state and local safety guidelines and regulations. Biosafety may conduct laboratory site assessments, reviews, consultations and training; facilitate small group training sessions; and respond to emergencies. The Biosafety Officer serves as a voting member on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and the Biosafety office is the point of contact for biosafety-related regulatory agencies.

For general inquiries call (310) 206-3929 or email [email protected].

Meet Our Team

Biosafety Officer  Christine Tafoya, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA)

Assistant Biosafety Officer Joseph Callahan

Assistant Biosafety Officer  Breena Stoner, MS, RBP(ABSA)

Assistant Biosafety Officer  Anne Vitoreli, MS, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA)

    • What do we manage?
    • -Biosafety site assessments, reviews, consultations, small group discussions
      -Medical waste program
      -EH&S Biosafety training
      -Biological research-related incident investigations and response
      -Institutional Biosafety Plan (IBP)
      -Exposure Control Plans
      -Import/transport permit guidance for biological materials, including plants and soils
      -Standard operating procedure safety guidance
      -Agent summary program
    • Who are our main collaborators?
    • -UCLA-affiliated biological sciences research and teaching community
      -UCLA research support services
      -Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
      -Research Safety and Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA)
      -High Containment Laboratory Oversight Group (HCLOG)
      -Dual Use Research Entity (DURE)
      -Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM)
      -Facilities Management
      -UCLA Health EH&S
      -Other UC Campuses