Basics of Biosafety . Working Safely with Biological Materials Central Michigan University College of Science and Technology. What is Biosafety?.
Working Safely with Biological Materials
Central Michigan University
College of Science and Technology
Agents Assigned Risk Groups
Example: Mycobacteriumtuberculosis, SARS, etc.
76% from clinical labs
8% from research labs
60% acquired from inhalation
Other exposures include:
digestion, sharps, splashes, direct and indirect contact
Must outline how generating facility complies with the MMWRA:
Cultures and stocks of infectious agents and associated biologicals
Liquid human and animal waste
3 basic questions to differentiate:
Can blood or other (regulated) body fluids or viable biological materials be released?
Tubes of blood
Vacuum flasks containing body fluids or cell line waste
*Should research and know effectiveness and contact time for the best disinfectant against your agent!
Store in labeled containersthat are puncture-resistant, closable and will capture leakage, BUT….
…Do NOT use SHARPS containers!
Remember: NO ORANGE BAGS IN DUMPSTER!
Place sharps in approved sharps container for disposal!
…Syringes in research settings should be disposed of as a sharp to avoid public relations concerns!
Use sharps containers for sharps ONLY!
Do NOT discard medications in the trash.
Return to source for disposal or seek assistance from your campus waste group.
See Jaime Stock!
Thank You for your attention!
Thanks to Carol Stevens at CMU & Robin Mecklem at MSU for their assistance with this presentation