Examining the Human Element in Lab Biosafety

Betiel H. Haile, Mark Wade, Patricia Wade, Andrew Cannons, Richard France, Lisa D. Ferland, Affan Shaikh, Meeyoung Park, Ngozi Erondu, Sean G. Kaufman, Heather Meeks, Scott McNabb

Abstract


A laboratory biosafety program (LBP) is essential to ensure the health and safety of laboratory staff and the general public from hazardous materials and infectious agents. Ensuring laboratory biosafety requires vigilance; laboratories must maintain equipment and materials, develop and implement security measures, and staff must be annually trained in biosafety procedures. Our evaluation of LBPs underscored the importance of the human element in biosafety compliance.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v6i1.5103



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