Report an Incident or Exposure to Recombinant or Biohazardous Materials

To report an incident or exposure Cornell University Injury/Illness/Exposure Report

To report any on-campus emergency, call

  • From a Cornell phone, dial 911, or
  • From any phone, dial (607) 255-1111 to reach Cornell Police Dispatch

Contact information for reporting

Cornell University Injury/Illness/Exposure Report

Institutional Biosafety Officer: 607- 255-8200 or “askEHS

IBC Administrator (ORIA): 607-255-0741 or

Director of Research Assurance (ORA) 607-255-5398 or

Cornell Health Occupational Medicine 607-255-6960 or

NIH Guidelines For Research Involving Recombinant Or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) (Excerpt relevant to requirements related to accidental spills, personnel contamination, or exposure resulting from recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule research).

 On behalf of the institution, the Institutional Biosafety Committee is responsible for:

Section IV-B-2-b-(6). Adopting emergency plans covering accidental spills and personnel contamination resulting from recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule research.

Section IV-B-2-b-(7). Reporting any significant problems with or violations of the NIH Guidelines and any significant research-related accidents or illnesses to the appropriate institutional official and NIH OSP within 30 days, unless the Institutional Biosafety Committee determines that a report has already been filed by the Principal Investigator. Reports to NIH OSP shall be sent to the Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, preferably by e-mail to:; additional contact information is also available here and on the OSP website (

As part of this general responsibility, the Principal Investigator shall:

Section IV-B-7-a-(3). Report any significant problems, violations of the NIH Guidelines, or any significant research-related accidents and illnesses to the Biological Safety Officer (where applicable), Greenhouse/Animal Facility Director (where applicable), Institutional Biosafety Committee, and other appropriate authorities (if applicable).

At Cornell, it is the responsibility of the PI is to complete the reporting requirements detailed in section 3 of this guidance document. The PI is to work with the IBC and ORIA to complete the report to the NIH. Completed reports are sent by the Cornell IBC to the Office of Science Policy (OSP), National Institutes of Health, by e-mail to: NIH OSP may be notified within the first 24 hours of the incident by the IBC administrator in the event of overt or potential exposures to RG2 or RG3 organisms containing recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids. The final report will be completed and submitted by the IBC administrator within 30 days. The PI will be cc’d on any correspondence to the NIH OSP.