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Document ID (ISN)37755
CIS number 82-1151
ISSN - Serial title 0042-9686 - Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Year 1981
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Harrington J.M.
Title Health and safety in medical laboratories
Bibliographic information 1982, Vol.60, No.1, p.9-16.
Abstract A review of the microbiological, chemical and physical hazards of work in a medical laboratory carrying out research or routine and diagnostic examinations, under the headings: infectious diseases (tuberculosis, serum hepatitis, salmonellosis, brucellosis, and other micro-organisms such as herpes B viruses and Marburg and Lassa fever viruses); non-infectious illnesses (accidents, skin disease, cancer and other hazards related to inhalation of toxic and anaesthetic gases, and injury due to broken glass). Current laboratory safety and health practices for different classes of laboratory are reviewed and recommendations made for tightening up on these practices, especially in laboratories where there is high individual risk due to biological agents. Safety requirements in genetic manipulation are considered. The work of the WHO Special Programme on Safety Measures in Microbiology is referred to.
Descriptors (primary) harmful physical agents; laboratory work; biological hazards; health services; harmful substances
Descriptors (secondary) WHO; inhalation anaesthetics; microorganisms; plant safety organization; toxic gases; hospitals; health hazards; infectious diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Health care services
Biological hazards