The concept of biosafety has developed with the emergence of the science of microbiology and biosafety has evolved to deal with new areas of study including recombinant DNA, molecular biology, synthetic biology, and biotechnology. As the capability to isolate, manipulate, and propagate pathogenic microorganisms matured, so too did the development of containment principles, facility design, and practices and procedures to prevent occupational exposure in the workplace and the potential release of the organisms or biotoxins to the environment.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE)' Biological Safety Program provides a forum for the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, and guidance in the area of biological safety. This content is supported by the Biosurety Executive Team that identifies biological safety-related issues of concern to the DOE and pursues solutions to issues identified.
Last updated: 07/19/21