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Document ID (ISN)76114
CIS number 01-256
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Duma S.M., Rudd R.W., Crandall J.R.
Title A protocol system for testing biohazardous materials in an impact biomechanics research facility
Bibliographic information Sep.-Oct. 1999, Vol.60, No.5, p.629-634. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract This article presents a protocol system, comprising a review process and a series of checklists, that was developed for testing cadaveric tissue in an impact biomechanics research facility. The use of cadaveric tissue may expose personnel to bloodborne pathogens including HIV and hepatitis B, which have been shown to remain virulent in a cadaver for several weeks after death. To minimize exposure risks, the protocol system presented emphasizes initial blood screening to keep infectious tissue from entering the laboratory, and adopts universal precautions to prevent exposure by treating all tissue as though it were infected. All laboratory employees must read, sign and demonstrate proficiency with the protocol. Well-developed test procedures for the handling of biohazardous materials along with an annual individual protocol review have proven effective for the preceding six years in minimizing exposure risks.
Descriptors (primary) test laboratories; body mechanics; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) infectious hepatitis; immunodeficiency syndrome; description of technique; personal protective equipment; disinfectants
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases