CDC Releases New Guidelines on Safe Work Practices in Diagnostic Laboratories

April 1, 2012 | Evaluations & Guidance


On January 6, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new set of guidelines for safe work practices in medical and veterinary laboratories. Titled Guidelines for Safe Work Practices in Human and Animal Medical Diagnostic Laboratoriesand developed by a Biosafety Blue Ribbon Panel of laboratory experts, the guidelines focus on improving clinical laboratory safety by encouraging laboratory workers to “think about safety issues they might not previously have considered or addressed” and to “create and foster a culture of safety.”

Recommendations from the guidelines include the following: frequent handwashing; the use of appropriate disinfectants; the use of Class IIA2 biological safety cabinets; the development of written safety protocols...

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