7.3.1 Standard Practices (in addition to those listed for ABSL1 and 2)

  • A sign incorporating the universal biohazard symbol must be posted at the entrance to the areas where infectious materials and/or animals are housed or are manipulated.  The sign must include the animal biosafety level, general occupational health requirements, personal protective equipment requirements, the supervisor’s name (or other responsible personnel), telephone number, and required procedures for entering and exiting the animal areas.  Identification of specific infectious agents is recommended when more than one agent is being used within an animal room.  
  • Security-sensitive agent information and occupational health requirements should be posted in accordance with the institutional policy.  Advance consideration should be given to emergency and disaster recovery plans, as a contingency for man-made or natural disasters.
  • Access to the animal room is limited to the fewest number of individuals possible.  Only those persons required for program or support purposes are authorized to enter the animal facility and the areas where infectious materials and/or animals are housed or are manipulated.  All persons including facility personnel, service workers, and visitors are advised of the potential hazards (natural or research pathogens, allergens, etc) and are instructed on the appropriate safeguards.
  • Protective laboratory coats, gowns or uniforms are recommended to prevent contamination of personal clothing.  Gloves are worn to prevent skin contact with contaminated, infectious and hazardous materials, and when handling animals.  Double-glove practices should be used when dictated by risk assessment.
  • Gloves and personal protective equipment should be removed in a manner that minimizes transfer of infectious materials outside of the areas where infectious materials and/or animals are housed or are manipulated.  Persons must wash their hands after removing gloves and before leaving the areas where infectious materials and/or animals are housed or are manipulated.  Eye and face and respiratory protection should be used in rooms containing infected animals, as dictated by the risk assessment.