Biological Safety

The Biological Safety program at UCF is a component of the overall EHS research safety program.  We are focused on minimizing the health risk to those involved in research at UCF using biohazard materials including recombinant DNA, infectious agents, and biological toxins, and in turn to protect the greater UCF community, the general public, and the environment.  In order to accomplish this goal, we maintain an interactive partnership between EHS staff, the principal investigators, and the laboratory support staff.  In addition, the EHS Biological Safety staff, in cooperation with the Institutional Biosafety Committee, is charged with oversight of regulatory compliance at the university with regard to the storage and use of hazardous biological materials.

Following are links to the UCF Biological Safety Manual and the 2019 NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acids.

All Biological Agent Registration Applications (BARA) must be submitted using the Huron Safety Software. The new Huron Safety software will be accessible from Once on the site, scroll down to the Huron Research Suite and click on the Huron Safety button. Training guides and videos will be available within the Huron Safety Help Center.

If you have any questions or concerns about the transition to the new system, please contact Melina Kinsey ( the Institutional Biological Safety Officer.