Investigators from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health within the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasized that there is a risk of Zika exposure for those working in the lab setting. The agencies received reports of three Zika virus exposure incidents related to occupational exposure in a lab setting during the period of heightened disease transmission around the world.
This handbook focuses on the laboratory related activities and basic components of applied biosecurity that are relevant to all laboratory employees. The role played by laboratory managers and principal investigators in safeguarding laboratory assets and the employees under their supervision is also highlighted. This handbook provides guidance for personnel who work with infectious pathogens and toxins.
Intended to serve as an informational guide for clinical laboratories in order to improve the health of people and animals in Pakistan in line with the concept of ‘One Health,’ the handbook on clinical practices was launched Monday, March 18.
Panjab University (PU) and Sandia National Laboratories will set up one-of-a-kind Biorisk Management Center at PU. The center will train researchers from various parts of the country on the biosafety and biosecurity aspects of research being carried out in various life sciences disciplines.
Their new method prevents genetically modified cyanobacteria from surviving outside of their test environment, enabling ways to more safely research the effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
By simulating the occurrence of a containment breach in their own countries, participants could critically review and update their respective national plans for responding to such an event in a poliovirus essential facility (PEF). They could also identify potential deficiencies in their countries’ overall emergency response and contingency planning systems.
The US Army made recommendations for improving safety and security at US Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories that handle Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT). This report is the US Government Accountability Organization (GAO) review of DOD’s actions to address the Army’s recommendations.
More than three years have passed since news emerged that the Army inadvertently shipped 575 samples of live Bacillus anthracis to nearly 200 labs and contractors across the globe between 2004 and 2015.
The risk of spreading legionella is a growing concern for laboratories, especially healthcare facilities.
To ensure the safety of those within and outside laboratory facilities, country-specific biosafety regulations are put in place by local authorities.