The Texas A&M University System is committed to providing healthful and safe conditions for our faculty, staff, students and the public involved with our facilities and activities throughout the State of Texas and wherever we touch the world.
In view of this commitment, the A&M System Office of Safety provides expert guidance and timely service to the A&M System community through a commitment to employing best practices and collaboration, and by building long term relationships aimed at promoting a productive and safety-conscious working and learning environment. We assist system members in developing programs and providing training in areas such as laboratory, biological, chemical, agricultural and occupational safety and health.
Biosafety is the application of knowledge, techniques and equipment to prevent personal exposure to potentially infectious agents or biohazards. The basic principles of biosafety are containment and risk assessment. Containment includes the microbiological practices, safety equipment, and facility safeguards that protect laboratory workers, the environment, and the public from exposure to infectious microorganisms. Risk assessment is the process of identifying biohazards and determining the pathways, probabilities and potential severity of exposures to those biohazards, enabling the reasoned selection of appropriate containment strategies.
Exposure to bloodborne diseases can occur in many activities in the higher education community that reach well beyond the confines of biosafety in the laboratory. Practically any job or activity that involves intimate contact with people, whether it is health care, public safety, athletic training, childcare, or custodial work, can result in exposure.