Hazardous Chemicals and Biological Agents & Toxins Prohibited at Governors State University

Research and teaching involving the following hazards are currently prohibited at Governors State University (GSU). The University does not have the appropriate facilities, permits, or oversight procedures in place to ensure adequate worker and community protection and regulatory compliance for the use of these chemicals or agents and toxins. Anything above a NIH/CDC Risk Group 2 is prohibited at GSU.


  • Use of Radioactive materials

Agents and Toxins:

  • Avian influenza virus (highly pathogenic)
  • Bacillus anthracis
  • Botulinum neurotoxin
  • Burkholderia mallei
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Ebola virus
  • Foot-and-mouth disease virus
  • Francisella tularensis
  • Marburg virus
  • Reconstructed 1918 influenza virus
  • Rinderpest virus
  • Toxin-producing strains of Clostridium botulinum
  • Variola major virus
  • Variola minor virus
  • Yersinia pestis

For additional information on risk groups, please go to the following url: http://www.absa.org/resmenu.html.