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Science Lab

Our Services

Acacia Safety Consulting provides biological, chemical, and OSHA safety support for biopharma and academic institutions, CROs, hospitals, and clinics. 

 

We are committed to providing our clients with customized, sustainable, and effective EHS solutions that are adaptable to various work environments, ensuring the well-being of employees and the environment.

At Acacia Biosafety Consulting, we specialize in safeguarding your team members and the environment when handling arthropods, bacteria, fungi, human-derived materials, plants, prions, viruses, or rDNA.

We offer tailored services to biopharma companies, academic institutions, CROs, CDMOs, hospitals, and clinics, leveraging our expertise to ensure safety and compliance.

Our comprehensive range of services includes:

  • Program Assessments/Development

  • Biosafety Manuals and SOPs

  • Risk and Hazard Assessments (processes)

  • Biological Safety Data Sheet Development

  • Training (onsite or remote)

  • Mentorship / Train the Trainer

  • New Facility Design Review (floorplan, HVAC)

  • Shipping Requirements

  • Emergency Response Plans

  • Vivarium Biosafety

 

We simplify the process of adhering to safety and compliance standards set by federal, state, and local agencies, making safety more manageable for you.

Handling biological materials often involves working with hazardous chemicals, each with its unique risks and compliance challenges, such as specific handling and disposal requirements.

We support organizations in managing safety and compliance aspects of laboratory-scale chemical use through services such as:

  • Program Assessments/Development

  • Chemical Hygiene Plans

  • Risk and Hazard Assessments

  • Exposure Mitigation / SOP Development

  • Waste Storage and Disposal

  • Training (onsite or remote)

  • Mentorship / Train the Trainer

  • Industrial Hygiene Monitoring

  • Hazard Banding

  • Shipping Requirements

  • Vivarium Chemical Safety

  • Tier II Reporting

 

If your primary focus is on biological materials, chemical safety can often be overlooked. We're here to help you maintain a strong emphasis on chemical safety.

OSHA safety regulations are applicable to all work environments. Acacia Safety Consulting can assist your organization in identifying and developing OSHA General Industry safety programs tailored to your specific needs. Our customized training offerings include:

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

  • Chemical Hygiene Plans

  • Exposure Control Plans

  • Hazard Communication

  • Hearing Conservation

  • Machine Guarding

  • Respiratory Protection

  • Toxic and Hazardous Substances

  • 300, 300A, and 301 Recordkeeping

 

Our team has decades of experience in adhering to OSHA standards, and we can streamline the compliance process for your organization.

Complying with NIH Guidelines is mandatory for all recombinant research conducted at NIH-funded sites, and the first step towards compliance is establishing an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

 

Our biosafety consultants have extensive experience in all aspects of setting up, managing, and reviewing research protocols for basic science research and gene and cell therapy clinical trials, including:

  • Registering an IBC with the NIH

  • Policies and Procedures

  • IBC Applications / Biological Use Authorization Forms

  • Document Preparation

  • Facility Suitability Assessments

  • NIH Guidelines Applicability and Requirements  

  • Biosafety Training: Storage, Handling, Administration, and Disposal

 

We can help you manage your IBC in a way that best fits your organization by providing any or all of the necessary roles for effective IBC functioning:

  • IBC Chair

  • Biological Safety Officer

  • IBC Coordinator

 

An IBC is most effective when integrated into a specific facility's established operations. We take the time to understand your programs and organizational structure, customizing the IBC to seamlessly fit within your organization.

We offer varying levels of support based on your needs. Whether you require assistance with the initial IBC setup, training for employee self-sufficiency, or continuous ongoing management of the program, we're here to help.

 

Established IBC Support for Clinical Trial Sites

 

We not only assist with IBC administration but also support CROs and study sponsors conducting gene and cell therapy clinical trials at sites with an established IBC. Specifically, we help site clinical trial coordinators submit their local IBC applications in time for upcoming meetings. Advantages of this approach include:

  • Faster Site IBC Approvals: Acacia Safety Consulting manages the technical aspects of IBC application filings, freeing up time for busy Clinical Trial Coordinators. Our expertise in gene and cell therapy, combined with our experience in the IBC approval process, helps expedite your clinical trial site's approvals and minimize delays.

 

  • Ongoing Site Support: We provide on-call site support from trial initiation to completion. Our objective is to promptly address and resolve any concerns or challenges that may arise.

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