Biological Agent Reference Sheet (BARS)
A Biological Agent Reference Sheet (BARS) is a document that reviews the infectious nature of a pathogen and offers recommendations for work involving the agent in a laboratory setting. The document reviews containment issues, facility needs, emergency response, training, vaccine recommendations and availability, and follow up needs in the event of an exposure for a particular agent.
Not all agents on site will have BARS. BARS are typically developed for agents of higher risk on campus. BARS are also intended to be used as an additional training tool in order to facilitate increased awareness among researchers.
Principal Investigators (PIs) are responsible for communicating information contained in the BARS to those individuals who will work with or around the agent. BARS should be made readily available.
The Reference Sheet content is provided as a courtesy and is not intended as a sole source of guidance in the evaluation of Biological Agents.
Additional BARS on other agents will be added to this list as necessary.
The information and contents of these Biological Agent Reference Sheets (BARS) (including all text and graphics), whether available in print or electronic format (including any digital format, e-mail transmissions, or download from the website), shall be known hereinafter as “Reference Sheet Content.” The Reference Sheet Content is provided as a courtesy and is not intended as a sole source of guidance in the evaluation of Biological Agents. The Reference Sheet Content is not intended to substitute for medical advice, medical care, diagnosis or treatment obtained from a physician or health care provider. Please seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Do not rely on the Reference Sheet Content for diagnosis, treatment, or medical advice. This Reference Sheet Content is for informational purposes and does not provide individualized medical care or treatment. No endorsement of any specific tests, products, or procedures is made by Reference Sheet Content or affiliated party, member, agent or employee of the Emory University Environmental Health and Safety Office.