Annals of Health Law
As a result of its work, the CLCAC issued a set of legislative proposals
in 2012 that aimed to enhance laboratory safety throughout the State of
Maryland.96 These legislative proposals were formally introduced in the
2012 Regular Session of the General Assembly of Maryland as Senate Bill
758, with the sponsorship of three Maryland State Senators (led by one
representing parts of Frederick County).97 Senate Bill 758 included
provisions that would have:
1. Established a Containment Laboratory Oversight Division within
DHMH as the “sole unit of [Maryland] State Government
responsible for oversight of containment laboratories in the
State” with the authority to administer the Maryland state
Biological Agents Registry Program and to “establish and
enforce standards for the location, design, maintenance, and
operation of containment laboratories in the State that protect the
health and safety of laboratory workers, the public, and the
environment from potentially harmful biological agents”;98
2. Required the Secretary of DHMH to adopt regulations
establishing various standards and requirements for containment
laboratories in the State and establishing “uniform emergency
notification and response procedures [for State and local
emergency management agencies to] follow during emergencies
involving containment laboratories;99
8, 2011), available at http://www.cityoffrederick.com/Index.aspx?NID=407.
96. Proposed Legislation for Integrating and Streamlining Oversight of BSL-3/4
Laboratories in the State of Maryland, THE CONTAINMENT LABORATORY COMMUNITY
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF FREDERICK, MD., http://www.cityoffrederick.com/Document
97. S. B. 758, 430th Gen. Assem., Reg. Sess. (Md. 2012); see also Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene, Containment Laboratories Oversight: Hearing on S. B. 758 Before the
S. Fin. Comm., Gen. Assem., 430th Sess. (Md. Mar. 15, 2012) (testimony of the
Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee of Frederick, Md.), available at
98. S. B. 758, § 1, Gen. Assemb., 430th Sess. (Md. 2012) (to be codified at MD. CODE.
ANN., HEALTH-GEN. §§ 17-602(a)(2), -703). “Containment laboratories” were defined in the
legislation to mean “any private or academic laboratory that qualifies as a Biosafety Level-3
Laboratory [ i.e., working with biological agents that ‘are transmitted through the air’ and
‘can cause a potentially serious or lethal human disease’] or a Biosafety Level-4 Laboratory
[ i.e., working with biological agents that ‘may be transmitted through the air’ and ‘pose a
high risk of life-threatening or lethal human disease for which no vaccine or therapy is
available’].” S. B. 758, § 1, Gen. Assemb., 430th Sess. (Md. 2012) (to be codified at MD.
CODE. ANN., HEALTH-GEN. § 17-701(c)-(e)).
99. S. B. 758, § 1, Gen. Assemb., 430th Sess. (Md. 2012) (to be codified at MD. CODE.
ANN., HEALTH-GEN. § 17-704).