Select Agent Program - Incident Reporting and Emergency Response
Laboratory emergencies can include: fires, explosions (with or without an accompanying
fire), gas leaks, medical emergencies, power outages, and spills or releases of hazardous/infectious
substances. When emergencies occur, it is critical that laboratory personnel react
quickly to any situation by securing work areas, closing all doors, and reporting
the incident immediately.
Each laboratory where select agents and toxins are stored and/or used must have an
Incident Response Plan. Investigators bear the responsibility for documenting hazards
associated with the use of their select agents and toxins. Each lab where select agents
are stored and/or used must develop appropriate personnel roles, lines of authority,
and lines of communication that could be implemented during a man-made or natural
emergency. This information must be incorporated into initial and ongoing training
Incident response procedures have been developed in conjunction with the Stillwater
Fire Department, the OSU Police Department, and the Institutional Biosafety Committee
The following links are references to procedures that outline the response to these
type of emergencies on Stillwater campus.