Laboratory biosafety is the process of applying a combination of administrative controls, containment principles, practices and procedures, safety equipment, emergency preparedness, and facilities to enable laboratory staff to work safely with potentially infectious microorganisms; biosafety also aims at preventing unintentional exposure to pathogens or their accidental release. This manual describes the minimum biosafety measures that should be implemented at the different levels of tuberculosis (TB) testing laboratories to reduce the risk of a laboratory-acquired infection.
1. Risk assessment and the classification of TB laboratories
2. Essential biosafety measures for TB laboratories
3. Low-risk TB laboratories
4. Moderate-risk TB laboratories
5. High-risk TB laboratories (TB-containment laboratories)
6. Safety equipment
7. Personal protective equipment and clothing
8. Plans for emergency preparedness and response
Tuberculosis Laboratory Biosafety Manual
Geneva: World Health Organization; 2012.
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