Top Biosafety Resources

Where the Biosafety Experts Go for Information

In recognition of National Biosafety Stewardship Month we asked our team of biosafety experts to share their favorite go-to resource. We also put a call out to other biosafety and EH&S professionals to add their favorite resource to the list.  Based on our staff’s input and yours, here is the list of top resources used to stay up-to-date with best practices and guidelines, emerging diseases, training materials and helpful information for conducting risk assessments.

These resources will help professionals responsible for biosafety stay informed year-round! Thanks to all who contributed!


Applied Biosafety, the journal of ABSA International

“This is one of the most useful biosafety resources that I know of.  This peer-reviewed journal has a lot of “best practice” information and informative case studies on today’s biosafety challenges.  From each issue I always take away a practical tip or lesson that I can use in my day-to-day work and share with others.”


Cancer Quest, Cancer Genes and Oncogene Table

“This resource is very helpful when conducting risk assessments for research that may involve expression of oncogenes or silencing of tumor suppressor genes. I always cross check gene inserts listed on research protocols with the Cancer Quest Oncogene Table. It also provides helpful explanations of complex biological processes and therapies for cancer.”


Emerging Infectious Diseases journal by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“This journal offers unrestricted access to accurate information on new and re-emerging infectious diseases. It helps me stay up-to-date with the latest developments, such as this recent article on effective chemical inactivation of Ebola Virus. Many can benefit from this article because these procedures are broadly used from high to low biocontainment levels.”


American Society for Microbiology

“This site has current information on emerging pathogens, informative case studies, training materials, guidelines for biosafety in teaching labs and large scale facilities, and more!”  


Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs), Public Health Agency of Canada

“This is an excellent place to start when conducting a biosafety risk assessment. There is a great deal of information regarding known health risks, effective disinfection strategies, proper containment and practices for a broad range of infectious agents. It’s a great complement to the Biosafety in Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) and other commonly used resources.”


Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation

Fifth Edition, Seymour S. Block (ed), 2001

“This is the ‘bible’ of disinfection and sterilization.  There is an enormous amount of information in this reference book.”


Biological Safety  – Principles and Practices

Third Edition, Diane O. Fleming and Debra L. Hunt (eds), 2000

 “This is a great reference book that covers all aspects of biosafety.  I would highly recommend this book to new biosafety professionals or anyone that wants a comprehensive biosafety reference on their desk. I understand that a new version is coming out soon.”


ABSA Risk Group Database

“When performing risk assessments, this database is invaluable for information on the risk group(s) for particular agents. “


Selected EPA Registered Disinfectants

“The EPA lists are a resource that a biosafety professional can use when determining the best, most effective, disinfectant to target a particular microorganism.”