Exposure Control Plans

The Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is a department or laboratory specific document that outlines the biological hazards CWRU Faculty, Staff, Students and Volunteers may encounter while performing their assigned duties.  

All CWRU laboratories must submit an ECP if any of the following are used or stored in the laboratory:

  • Any bacterium, virus, parasite, prion, fungus, etc.;
  • Material of Human or non-human primate origin including established cell lines;
  • Biological toxins;
  • Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids that express a foreign gene in a living organism;
  • Animal cell lines, fluids, tissues, organs, etc.; or
  • Biologically active nanoparticles.

Laboratories that do not use any of the above-listed materials but do use sharps still have a risk of bloodborne pathogen/biohazard exposure. These laboratories may submit a shortened ECP form specific to this situation.

Any laboratory at CWRU that does not work with biological materials or sharps may submit an ECP request for an exemption form.