Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook

Section 15: Biohazards and Safety

15.3 Biohazard Containment

Last Updated:2022
15.3.1 Introduction

In addition to implementing standard microbiological procedures and practices, management of the biohazards associated with working with pathogens includes physical barriers and administrative con trols. Physical barriers include primary safety…

15.3.2 Biosafety Levels

Biosafety levels (BSLs) are numerical designations assigned to microbiological and biomedical laboratories based upon the pathogenicity, virulence, transmissibility, treatability, preventability, and occupational…

15.3.3 Biological Safety Cabinet

The biological safety cabinet (BSC) is the most important primary containment device in the clinical microbiology laboratory, and class II cabinets are the most commonly used types of BSC in this environment…

15.3.4 PPE and Engineering Controls

OSHA standards for exposure to blood‐borne pathogens require the laboratory to provide PPE for its employees…

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Editor in Chief: Amy L. Leber and Carey-Ann D. Burnham

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