Hi Ralph Very interesting question. Here is a condense answer: In my experience working in industries, most biological labs uses chemicals . This posts an interesting question in that chemical and biological resear ch line are being crossed with Biopharmaceuticals and Synthetic Biology whe re chemistry labs are doing biology and vice versa. I have consulted with a n academic scientist in the chemical engineering retrofit a chemistry lab i nto a biology lab so that they can do BSL 2 work. Chemicals are used very f requently for decontamination procedures, breaking down cell walls, recombi nant work, etc. We also consider polypeptides like toxin as chemicals. There is no official registries of BSL 3 and below laboratories that I know of. Here is what I know about the numbers. Most companies have a registrat ion process for biological hazard usage for anything that is classify as BS L 2 and above in the BMBL. - BSL4 labs (those are very limited) - USAMRID, CDC, NIH,a couple of univer sities. - BSL 3 labs - this can get numerous, any company that does vaccines resea rch would probably have one -BSL 2 Labs - Too many (most biopharmaceuticals, most universities) -BSL 1 Labs - Any place that does biological research Alice O. Yu, MS, CPE| Sr. EH&S Assoc. | Amgen SF |office: 650.244.2690| mob ile: 650.333.5397| ayu**At_Symbol_Here**amgen.com| www.amgen.com -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Ol inger, Patricia L Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 7:54 AM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Number of research laboratories in US? Hi Ralph, This is kind of interesting. I'm curious as to why you are asking. It was n't long ago people started asking the same questions about biolabs. Is th is something that has come off the tails of the recent incidents at UCLA, T exas Tech and TAMU? The biolab question was after there were a few incidents and I believe some one in congress asked the questions of how many BSL3 labs there were out th ere and at the time there wasn't a good answer. The reality is many organizations, especially in universities, do not have a true lab registration program or process. Something definitely needed. Patty Patty Olinger, RBP Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety Office Emory University 1762 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30322 404-727-5690 office 404-727-9778 fax www.ehso.emory.edu ________________________________________ From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Ralph Stu art [rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU] Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:56 AM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] Number of research laboratories in US? A random question that someone in DCHAS might be able to help with: Anyone know of a source of information for how many research laboratories t here are in the U.S.? And what percent of these are chemistry department laboratories as opposed to related sciences that use chemicals? I recognize the answers will depends to a large extent on how many of the w ords above are defined, but pointers to any sources of systematic numbers r elated to these questions would be appreciated. Thanks for any help with this. - Ralph Ralph Stuart, CIH Environmental Safety Manager University of Vermont Environmental Safety Facility 667 Spear St. Burlington, VT 05405 rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**uvm.edu This e-mail message (including any attachments) is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message (including any attachments) is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please contact the sender by reply e-mail message and destroy all copies of the original message (including attachments).
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