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Laboratory Safety

CDC Investigation Notice: Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Linked to Exposure to Clinical and Teaching Microbiology Laboratories
This one-time CDC posting serves as a reminder that bacteria used in microbiology laboratories can make people sick.

Poster: Prevent Lab Acquired Infections
This CDC poster is an excellent reminder of how to prevent lab acquired infections.

Provides guidance in all relevant areas in lab safety.

Jamison, R., M. A. Noble, E. M. Proctor, and J. A. Smith. 1996. Cumitech 29, Laboratory Safety in Clinical Microbiology. Coordinating ed., J. A. Smith. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.

S3: Science, Safety and Security
The S3 program promotes transparency and broader awareness about the evolving nature of biological agents that can be hazardous, and how to handle and use these agents safely and securely. The resources provided here include information for laboratory personnel who work with potentially hazardous biological agents, their supervisors, the management personnel of the institutions in which they work, policymakers, and the public.

CDC's MMWR Supplements, Vol. 61, Guidelines for Safe Work Practices in Human and Animal Medical Diagnostic Laboratories: Recommendations of a CDC-convened, Biosafety Blue Ribbon Panel
Prevention of injuries and occupational-related infections in U.S. laboratories is a major concern. A previous publication presented biosafety guidelines for laboratories; however, it did not address safety in diagnostic labs in human and animal medicine. In 2008, CDC convened a Blue Ribbon Panel to review safety issues in diagnostic labs. This supplement presents the guidelines developed by this group of experts.

CDC's MMWR Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency
These supplementary guidelines for biosafety laboratory competency, developed on behalf of CDC and the APHL, outline the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities required for working with biologic agents at the three highest biosafety levels (BSLs) (levels 2, 3, and 4).

CDC's Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
An advisory document that recommends best practices for the safe conduct of work in biomedical and clinical laboratories from a biosafety perspective; it is not intended as a regulatory document. 

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards
Information for personnel about exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Preventing Needlesticks and Sharps Injuries
A list of resources to prevent needlesticks and sharps injuries.

General Resources on Bloodborne Pathogens
A list of resources about bloodborne pathogens.

Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation, and Use of Biosafety Cabinets
This CDC document presents information on the design, selection, function and use of Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs), which are the primary means of containment developed for working safely with infectious microorganisms. Brief descriptions of the facility and engineering concepts for the conduct of microbiological research are also provided.

NIOSH-Approved Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's list of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, listed alphabetically by manufacturer. 

Biological Risk Assessment Worksheet
A CDC generic template for a biological risk assessment that can be tailored to meet your institution's needs and requirements.

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