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Document ID (ISN)77182
CIS number 01-1238
ISSN - Serial title 1575-1392 - Prevención, trabajo y salud
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pascual Álvarez G.
Title Management of occupational safety and health in laboratories where high-risk biological organisms are present
Original title Gestión de la prevención en un centro de alta seguridad biológica [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information 2001, No.11, p.16-23. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract There are three main factors of safety in laboratories where high-risk (hazard-classes 3 and 4) biological organisms are present: biological safety, proper maintenance of biological equipment and occupational hygiene. Biological safety involves paying attention to the following: negative pressure in contaminated zones, filtration of fresh and exhaust air, hygrometric and thermal conditions in laboratories and animal houses, decontamination, solid and liquid waste management, control of the inflow and outflow of samples and the reception of animals. Regular maintenance must be carried out on the equipment to ensure that it stays in compliance with safety levels 3 or 4, and management must take corrective, preventive and predictive actions, energy costs and emission control into account. Occupational hygiene must be in compliance with legislation on occupational hazards; workers must receive training in biological hazards and informed of the risks they are exposed to and appropraite preventive measures to be adopted.
Descriptors (primary) laboratories; plant safety and health organization; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) disposal of harmful waste; confined spaces; negative pressure application; information of personnel; preventive maintenance; safety and health training; hazard evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards