CDC issues guidelines for lab safety culture
• Establish and enforce a policy for a culture of safety within the laboratory.
• Identify as many hazards as possible and specify practices and procedures that will minimize or eliminate those hazards.
• Design options for the microbiology laboratory should include an enclosed component of the overall laboratory, separated by closable doors from other laboratory sections.
• Identify the hazards associated with an infectious agent or material.
• Identify the activities that might cause exposure to the agent or material.
• The laboratory director should create and enforce a laboratory-specific biosafety manual, which should include a range of topics including risk assessment, standard precautions for safe handling of infectious materials, engineering controls and more.