- All laboratory personnel and others whose work requires them to enter the laboratory must understand the biological and other hazards with which they will come in contact through their normal work in the laboratory, and be trained in appropriate safety precautions and procedures. A laboratory safety manual must be prepared and adopted. It is the responsibility of the laboratory director/principal investigator to ensure it identifies known and potential biohazards and specifies practices and procedures to eliminate or minimize such risks. The manual must also contain an emergency response plan. Personnel must be required to know, understand, and follow standard practices and procedures. Training in laboratory safety must be provided and competence in safe technique demonstrated before work is allowed with hazardous agents.
- Review section Who Must Apply before starting any biological work to determine if IBC approval is required.
- All laboratories using human blood, blood products, tissues, or other potentially infectious material will use Universal Precautions. Every sample must be handled as though it is infectious. All individuals using these materials must receive Bloodborne Pathogens Training within ten work days of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place, and at least annually thereafter. The University's Bloodborne and Other Pathogens Exposure Control Plan provides additional details for compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.
- Laboratory personnel should be protected by appropriate immunization where possible. Particular attention must be given to individuals who are immunocompromised, as vaccine administration may be different than for immunologically competent adults.
- The laboratory must be kept neat, orderly, and clean, and storage of materials not pertinent to the work should be removed.
- Eating, drinking, smoking, storing food, personal belongings or utensils, applying cosmetics, and inserting or removing contact lenses are not permitted in any laboratory work area.
- Mouth pipetting of any substance is prohibited in any laboratory.
- Close laboratory doors and restrict access to properly trained personnel.
- Hazard warning signs, indicating the risk level of agents being used, are posted outside each laboratory. The name of the laboratory supervisor or other responsible person(s) must be provided on the sign and their office and home phone numbers are listed.