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Document ID (ISN)100327
CIS number 02-1455
ISBN(s) 3-89701-647-8
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fb 915
Author(s) Danneberg G., Tichy H.V., Simon R.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Selection of work processes and equipment for biotechnological laboratories
Original title Auswahl von Arbeitsverfahren und Ausrüstungsgegenständen für biotechnische Laboratorien [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2001. viii, 149p. 54 ref. Price: EUR 15.00.
Abstract This study examines operating procedures and equipment used in biotechnology laboratories in terms of their ability to offer a maximum degree of protection to workers against hazards from exposure to biological substances. Standard scenarios applicable to laboratory work were developed and their frequency of use was determined by means of a questionnaire. For the most frequent work procedures, a description and an evaluation of each step is presented, along with the specific corresponding hazards. Modifications of the procedures aimed at minimizing the risks and taking into account currently-available equipment and instruments are proposed. The study highlights gaps in the area of the evaluation of aerosols formed during many procedures and in data concerning the survival capacity of biological products in ambient conditions in laboratories. Further work in these areas is warranted.
Descriptors (primary) laboratory work; selection of equipment; biological protection; biotechnology industry; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; evaluation of technique; questionnaire survey; hazard evaluation
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biotechnology industry
Biological hazards