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Document ID (ISN)33212
CIS number 80-863
ISSN - Serial title 0141-8246 - Health and Safety at Work
Year 1979
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Manos J.
Title Laboratory safety.
Bibliographic information Nov. 1979, Vol.2, No.3, p.46-49. Illus.
Abstract Discussion of safety of work in microbiological laboratories, with reference to recent incidents in the United Kingdom (smallpox, Lassa fever and other pathogens) with some statistics (total laboratory-associated infections (UK), pre-1925 to 1974: 3,921 (164 deaths); breakdown by types of laboratory: research (59% cases); diagnostic 17% - often viral hepatitis); teaching (2.7%); biological products manufacture (3.4%)). Considerations on inadequacies of some fume cupboards, inspections of medical and hospital laboratories instead of voluntary control (role of the Health and Safety Executive); new procedures (safety code and efficient incident-reporting system set up at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at Birmingham University following deaths from smallpox infection among laboratory staff).
Descriptors (primary) laboratory work; infection control; infectious diseases; pathogenic bacteria
Descriptors (secondary) exhaust hoods; laboratories; United Kingdom; infectious hepatitis; smallpox; research establishments; microbial pollution; inspection; role of labour inspection; statistical aspects; hospitals
Document type -
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)