IBC updates to laboratory inspections and personal protective equipment

Approved by the IBC November 16, 2011

Biological Safety Laboratory Inspections

These inspections will occur annually or when the biosafety level changes due to the addition of a new agent or procedure. This should reduce the number of inspections that occur over the year for researchers. Laboratories also can be inspected at the request of the researcher.

 Personal Protective Equipment in BL1 laboratories

  • Protective lab coats are provided and recommended.
  • Gloves must be worn to protect hands from exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Protective eyewear should be worn when conducting procedures with the potential to create splashes of microorganisms or other hazardous materials.
  • PPE should be removed before leaving the lab for non-laboratory areas (e.g., cafeteria, library, and administrative offices).
  • Personnel must wash hands after working with biohazardous materials and before leaving the lab.

Personal Protective Equipment in BL2 laboratories

  • Protective lab coats must be worn while in the lab.
  • Gloves must be worn to protect hands from exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Protective eyewear must be worn when conducting procedures with the potential to create splashes of microorganisms or other hazardous materials.
  • PPE must be removed before leaving the lab for non-laboratory areas (e.g., cafeteria, library, and administrative offices).
  • Personnel must wash hands after working with biohazardous materials and before leaving the lab.
     

 The distinction between BL1 and BL2 laboratories is: at BL1 lab coats must be made available but are not required to be worn; at BL2, lab coats must be worn in the lab.