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EHS has completed the new on line Introduction to Laboratory Safety Course, this course replaces the monthly classroom offerings and removes any remaining barriers to full compliance by anyone working in a DC laboratory specifically undergraduates with class conflicts.


Introduction to Laboratory Safety on line course


Radiation Safety Classroom Training - Contact EHS 646-1762

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Dartmouth College's Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC)

Dartmouth College's Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC) provides oversight and review of the College’s biological safety program. It serves as an advisory board to the research community at Dartmouth on biological safety and recombinant DNA. Committee functions include those designated for the IBC in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. The IBC meets regularly and meetings are open to the public. Please contact Dr. Brenda L. Petrella for additional information.

Institutional Biosafety Committee Review Process

IBC Review Process



The research review process by the IBC is conducted in the step-wise fashion above, starting with the submission of research information by the PI using the online registration system BioRAFT.  

Submit your research to the IBC (via EH&S)  All information pertaining to biological agent usage, rDNA technology, animal research protocols, human source material, viral vector usage, and personnel involved with the research should be updated whenever there is a change in the research focus.  *Remember* As per the NIH Guidelines for rDNA research, "Principal Investigator is responsible for full compliance with the NIH Guidelines in the conduct of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule research. The Principal Investigator is responsible for ensuring that the reporting requirements are fulfilled and will be held accountable for any reporting lapses."

Please refer to the Investigator Responsibilities from the NIH Guidelines for more information.

EH&S Review  EH&S will review your research information and conduct a risk assessment based upon the information submitted.  Any questions/problems/concerns will be directed back to the PI for clarification.  Once all aspects of the risk assessment have been satisfied by EH&S, your research will be reviewed by the IBC committee.

IBC Committee Review  The IBC will review the research information submitted through BioRAFT and discuss the safety and regulatory aspects of the research project.  Discussion topics include, nature of experimentation, location, rDNA aspects, training requirements fulfilled by research staff, past laboratory inspection record, etc.  If it is warranted, researchers can be invited to present their research protocols to the IBC committee.

Decision Letter Sent to PI  Once the IBC has made a decision regarding the research project reviewed, a decision letter will be sent to the PI from the Biological Safety Officer and the Chair of the IBC.  This decision letter should be retained for your records.

Conduct Research  Once an approval letter has been received from the IBC, only then can the proposed research begin.  


By Laws

The Dartmouth College IBC bylaws cover all of the working procedures for review of biological research and oversight authorities of the committee.  Please use the following link to download a copy of the Dartmouth IBC ByLaws.


IBC-Subcommittee for Clinical Gene Transfer (IBC-SCGT)

The Dartmouth College Institutional Biosafety Committee - Subcommittee for Clinical Gene Transfer (IBC-SCGT) is a multidisciplinary committee charged with the review of clinical protocols involving gene related therapies.

More information on the Subcommittee for Clinical Gene Transfer


IBC Members:

Deborah A. Hogan, Ph.D., Chair/Microbiology and Immunology

Brenda L. Petrella, Ph.D., Biological Safety Officer, Environmental Health & Safety

Maureen O'Leary, Ph.D., MBA, CBSP, Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Kirk, J. Maurer, DVM, Attending Veterinarian, Center for Comparative Medicine and Research

Sherrie Read, Office of Sponsored Projects

Alexandra Howell, Ph.D., V.A. Medical Center

Thomas Jack, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

Bert HennessyHanover Fire Department/Community Representative

Elizabeth Bankert, MAAssistant Provost/Human Subjects Protection Official

Dianne M. Ferris, MS, CIP, Human Research Analyst

Karen Huyck Ph.D, MD, MPHMedicine/Occupational Medicine

Géza Fejes-Tóth, D.M.D.Physiology

R. Mako Saito, PH.D.Genetics

Robin Oertel, Post-Approval Compliance

Brent Berwin, Ph.D.Micro/Immuno

Kimberly A. Smith, Hypertherm/Community Representative


Last Updated: 4/29/14