Research Laboratory Safety

Sign with the words KEEP OUT AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY
Access to the work area must be limited to authorized persons

In addition to the general provisions of the bloodborne pathogens standard, research laboratories must also follow additional guidelines established by section 29 CFR 1910.1030(e) of the standard.

Waste materials:

  • All regulated waste must be either incinerated or decontaminated by a method, such as autoclaving, that is known to effectively destroy bloodborne pathogens.
  • Contaminated materials that are to be decontaminated away from the work area must be placed in a durable, leak-proof, labeled or color-coded container that is closed before being removed from the work area.

Access:

  • Laboratory doors must be kept closed when work involving HIV or HBV is in progress.
  • Access to the work area must be limited to authorized persons.
  • Access door to the work area must be self-closing.
  • Work areas must be separate from areas that are open to unrestricted traffic within the building.
  • The surfaces of doors, walls, floors, and ceilings in the work area must be water resistant so they can be cleaned easily.