Safety and Security by Design
Community and laboratory safety and security are critical to our mission. The safety of researchers, personnel, and the surrounding community are the highest priority of the BRL team, which comprises some of the world’s leading experts in designing, building, and operating BSL-3 laboratory facilities. The BRL is compliant with all state and federal laws, regulations, and policies that govern the construction, use, security, inspection, and certification of BSL-3 laboratories. Mason works in close cooperation with the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the proper containment and disposal of all infectious agents. The BRL is protected by a secured perimeter. Access-controlled building entrances have security checkpoints that include a physical barrier and security personnel on duty.