1. Complete the UCSD Aerosol Transmissible Disease Biosafety Plan identifying agents, personnel, operations, and safety practices.
- Aerosol Transmissible Disease Biosafety Plan (PDF) (Word file)
2. Send the completed Plan to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
This exposure control plan must have documented review at least annually by the PI and by employees.
Complete the Risk Assessment section of the Biohazardous Use Authorization (BUA).
Provide initial Aerosol Transmissible Disease Pathogens Traning to employees at the time of assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place and at least annually thereafter.
Provide additional training when changes in the workplace or procedures could affect worker exposure to aerosol transmissible disease pathogens. Training must be documented and dated.
How to meet the training requirement:
Annual Aerosol Transmissible Disease Pathogens Refresher Training is required within 1 year of initial training, and annually thereafter.
Ensure employees working with agents listed below are provided with corresponding medical services from UCSD Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM):
Job-related recommended immunizations are voluntary. After completing training and reviewing the Vaccine Information Statement, the employee must sign a vaccine Accept/Decline Form to document their intention to either accept or decline the vaccination.
Send the vaccine Accept/Decline Form to EH&S Occupational Health:
If the vaccination is requested, an Authorization/Registration Form with instructions for scheduling a COEM appointment will be sent to you.
Vaccinations and TB testing are paid for by EH&S funding, if recommended and approved by EH&S Occupational Health.
How to obtain medical services
1. Contact EH&S Occupational Health, (858) 534-8225, for vaccine information and/or COEM Authorization/Registration paperwork prior to making an appointment at COEM.
2. Then make an appointment at COEM. COEM locations and maps.
UCSD Emergency Guide
All workers should review the UCSD Emergency Guide (see image at right). The Emergency Guide contains emergency phone numbers and procedures for UCSD personnel, is widely distributed in laboratories, and is available online.
Spills or uncontrolled release
If a spill is too large or dangerous for lab staff to safely clean up, call UCSD Police at (858) 534-4357 or 9-1-1.
Respiratory protection may be needed to clean up a spill or uncontrolled release of aerosol transmissible disease pathogens. UCSD Police will activate the EH&S HazMat team. HazMat team members are medically cleared, trained, and fit tested to wear self-contained breathing apparatus.
Spills or uncontrolled releases outside of biosafety cabinets must be reported to EH&S.
Report exposure incidents
An exposure incident is a significant exposure to an aerosol containing an aerosol transmissible disease pathogen without the benefit of applicable exposure control measures required by the agent-specific ATD Biosafety Plan.
If an exposure occurs, seek medical help and report the incident.
Prompt medical attention may reduce the risk of serious health consequences after an exposure incident.
Per Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard, Title 8, Section 5199:
- Aerosol transmissible pathogen - laboratory (ATP-L)
- "A pathogen that meets one of the following criteria: (1) the pathogen appears on the list in Appendix D, (2) the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) recommends biosafety level 3 or above for the pathogen, (3) the biological safety officer recommends biosafety level 3 or above for the pathogen, or (4) the pathogen is a novel or unknown pathogen."