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Blood and - University of Queensland

Blood and - University of Queensland

Equipment surfaces

Equipment surfaces exposed to potential contamination should be disinfected daily. If necessary the equipmentmanufacturer’s advice should be sought regarding compatibility of disinfectants with surfaces or functions. Allinstruments and equipment that require service or repair must be cleaned free of blood and disinfected beforeleaving the laboratory.Local safe work instructions must take into account:The need for transport and repair of instruments used in areas in which blood and body fluids arehandled or stored;The requirement that the Biosafety Adviser or the manufacturer be consulted for advice should anyinstrument need external servicing, particularly if it cannot be decontaminated before being transported.Emergency plans and proceduresEmergency plans should be prepared in consultation with the Occupational Health Nurse Adviser, the BiosafetyAdviser and OHS Division. This plan should be displayed prominently and cover the following:Location of emergency equipment;UQ Emergency Procedures;Management of accidental swallowing of potentially hazardous material, accidental skin puncture or cutand breakages/leakages.Working in laboratoriesLaboratory design and layoutLocal safe work procedures should take into account the following recommendations for laboratory design andlayout:Laboratory space and placement of equipment should not create a crowded working environment norinhibit cleaning;Laboratory surfaces and floors should be made of impervious material to allow for effective cleaning;Facilities for hand washing with elbow or foot operated taps should be provided in each work area;Eyewash stations should be available in each work area;Biohazard containers for the safe disposal of contaminated materials and sharps should be provided inadequate numbers in appropriate places in each work area;Laboratory doors and specimen storage areas should be marked as containing a biohazard;Offices and study areas should be separated from laboratory work areas;Restriction of laboratory access should be enforced as appropriate.Containment of aerosolsLocal safe work procedures should be specific about control of aerosols:Define the tasks required to always be undertaken in laminar flow cabinets;Define the tasks to be undertaken in Biological Safety cabinets;As a minimum, Class I or Class II cabinets should be used for any procedures likely to produce aerosols ofblood, bodily fluids or their products (e.g. sonication, agitation, blending, procedures producing foam,froth, spray and aerosols as well as the decanting of large volumes of fluids in open containers);Define the maintenance and testing procedures for Biological Safety and all ventilation systems to ensurethat they are operating to specification. Ensure they are tested and serviced at intervals of not more thanone year;Centrifuge tubes should be sealed closed or sealed rotors should be used for spinning of any potentiallycontaminated material. Operators should ensure the rotor has completely stopped turning beforeopening the lid.Local Safe Work Procedures for Working with Blood and Body Fluids Page 5 of 8Occupational Health & Safety Division May 2012 , v3.2

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