Before researchers conduct experiments involving recombinant and synthetic DNA, infectious agents, and human materials, they must undergo training. In addition, the below resources guide researchers on how to approach various biological materials. 

Harvard Resources
Material Safety Data Sheets for Infectious Substances
These MSDS are produced for personnel working in the life sciences. The MSDS are organized to contain health hazard information such as infectious dose, viability (including decontamination), medical information, laboratory hazard, recommended precautions, handling information and spill procedures.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Office of Biotechnology Activities monitors scientific progress in human genetics research in order to anticipate future developments, including ethical, legal, and social concerns, in basic and clinical research involving Recombinant DNA, Genetic Technologies, and Xenotransplantation. NIH Guidelines For Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
In 1991, OSHA issued the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to protect workers from the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS.
American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Visit the AIHA website for information on technical biosafety
American Biological Safety Association
City of Cambridge
The Cambridge Recombinant DNA Technology Ordinance establishes strict oversight of university and commercial laboratories that engage in recombinant DNA research.