Laboratory Biosafety Levels (FOCUS, Volume 5.1)
Length: 40 minutes
This issue of FOCUS describes some of the differences between the biosafety levels, with examples of organisms studied and the precautions that must be taken in laboratories at each level.
These trainings are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital, and other professionals interested in public health preparedness and field epidemiology. The periodicals and supplemental material are created by doctoral students and graduates of the UNC-CH Department of Epidemiology and reviewed by UNC-CH School of Public Health faculty and topic experts.
- Define barriers and procedures used by laboratories to protect workers and others from infection
- Describe the four biosafety levels and the protective measures used by each type of laboratory when handling infectious materials
- Provide examples of the types of biological agents handled in each type of laboratory
- Describe typical places where each type of laboratory can be found in the US
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|4) Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs (6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|4.2. Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats.|
US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health. Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. 5th ed. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office; 2007. http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/bmbl5/bmbl5toc.htm. Accessed February 6, 2008.
Clemson University Environmental Health and Safety. Biological Safety [online training]. http://ehs.clemson.edu/training/biosafety/index.html. Accessed February 6, 2008.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Laboratory-Acquired West Nile Virus Infections - United States, 2002. MMWR Morb Mort Wkly Rep. 2002; 51:1133-1135. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5150a2.htm. Accessed February 6, 2008.
United States Government Accountability Office. High-Containment Biosafety Laboratories: Preliminary Observations on the Oversight of the Proliferation of BSL-3 and BSL-4 Laboratories in the United States. Publication GAO-08-108T. http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-108T. Published October 4, 2007.
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
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