Laboratory Biosafety Levels (FOCUS, Volume 5.1)

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Length:40 minutes
Description: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.
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Authors:

Amy Nelson, PhD, MPH

FOCUS Workgroup

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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: Public Health Science Skills)
Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies
4.2. Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats.

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References

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.

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