Incident Reporting Contacts

UBO - Charlotte Waggoner: primary method: 540-320-5864 | secondary method:

ABO - Chris Wakley: primary method: 540-320-2089 | secondary method:

ABO - Anna Kroner: primary method: 540-525-8574 | secondary method:

  1. As soon as any initial response is complete and incident is stable, immediately notify the lab director and/or lab manager, the animal facility or greenhouse manager (if applicable), and the University Biosafety Officer (UBO).

  2. The UBO will acknowledge receipt of notification via email (to document notification) to the reporting person and other appropriate personnel.
    • NOTE: If UBO does not acknowledge receipt of notification within two (2) hours, notify an Associate Biosafety Officer (ABO).
    • If email is not available, the UBO/ABO will acknowledge receipt via phone call to the reporting person and other appropriate personnel.
  3. Reporting person and lab director/ lab manger/animal facility manager must complete Virginia Tech Lab Incident Report and submit it to the UBO/ABO via email immediately. The lab incident report can be downloaded at Virginia Tech Lab Incident Report.

  4. UBO/ABO will acknowledge receipt of the report via email.

  5. UBO/ABO will complete the appropriate state and/or federal reporting forms and submit them to the NIH and/or CDC, as applicable.

  6. If an injury or exposure has occurred, an Employer’s Accident Report must be completed immediately by the supervisor per directions found at

  7. If the supervisor does not complete the report in a timely manner, injured/exposed individuals are encouraged to complete the report themselves. If a hard copy is completed rather than the online form, submit the hard copy to Teresa Lyons ( or MS 0318).

  8. If the incident involves recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids, modified animals, modified plants, and/or other modified organisms, the incident needs to be reported to the IBC ( within 24 hours after the incident has occurred.