Safeguarding the health of our own employees and community members, as well as the environment, is of paramount importance. The Arnold 8 Biosafety Laboratory will be designed, built and operated to meet or exceed stringent standards to protect both the community and those who work in the lab. Before Tufts can receive approval from the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to operate the lab, we will have to submit to the Commission detailed plans covering every aspect of the lab's design and operation. The Commission and Boston Fire Department will review those plans and thoroughly inspect the lab to make sure it will operate safely and securely. Only then can we receive a permit from the Commission to operate the laboratory.

Similar BSL-3 laboratories currently operate safely at hospitals, universities and other locations in Boston, Massachusetts and across the country. The Boston Public Health Commission currently oversees permitting for 11 BSL-3 laboratories in the city of Boston including facilities at Boston University, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard University. BSL-3 laboratories are also located throughout Massachusetts, including two on Tufts' campus in Grafton.