Reporting lab incidents in a timely manner is a crucial part of the research process, and it's required by both the National Institutes of Health Guidelines and the University of Minnesota.
Incident reports help to protect the health and safety of researchers, lab staff, university employees, the general public, and the environment, and are key to assessing the University's essential training and resource needs. Principal investigators (PIs), students, and lab supervisors/staff can submit reports.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-2161 if you need help determining whether the incident is reportable.
What to Report
According to the NIH Guidelines for research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, incidents that must be reported include "any significant problems, violations of the NIH Guidelines, or any significant research-related accidents and illnesses."
You must report any significant research-related accidents and illnesses involving potentially hazardous biological agents subject to IBC purview. We review activities involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, infectious agents, and biologically-derived toxins.
If your incident does not involve research that has been subject to any IBC review, please report your incident to University Health and Safety; the biological safety officer; the greenhouse or animal facility director (where applicable); or other appropriate authorities. Contact us if you need assistance in figuring out who to notify.
Types of incidents include, but are not limited to:
- Spill or accident involving rDNA or potentially hazardous material
- Personal injury such as a needle stick or eye splash
- Overt personnel exposure, such as inhalation
- Illness, such as a lab-acquired salmonella infection
- Breach of containment or failure to follow approved containment conditions
- Escape or improper disposition of a transgenic animal
- Serious adverse events resulting from human gene transfer research (requires immediate reporting to the NIH)
How to Report
Incident reports should be filled out and submitted as soon as possible after accident response procedures have been followed.
If an incident occurred while performing work described in an approved IBC application, please submit an incident report within eProtocol. See the Incident Reporting Job Aid for help with this process.