Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL)

"Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) quickly became the cornerstone of biosafety practice and policy in the United States upon first publication in 1984. Historically, the information in this publication has been advisory is nature even though legislation and regulation, in some circumstances, have overtaken it and made compliance with the guidance provided mandatory. We wish to emphasize that the 5th edition of the BMBL remains an advisory document recommending best practices for the safe conduct of work in biomedical and clinical laboratories from a biosafety perspective, and is not intended as a regulatory document though we recognize that it will be used that way by some. This edition of the BMBL includes additional sections, expanded sections on the principles and practices of biosafety and risk assessment; and revised agent summary statements and appendices. We worked to harmonize the recommendations included in this edition with guidance issued and regulations promulgated by other federal agencies. Wherever possible, we clarified both the language and intent of the information provided. The events of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks in October of that year re-shaped and changed, forever, the way we manage and conduct work in biological and clinical laboratories and drew into focus the need for inclusion of additional information in the BMBL. To better serve the needs of our community in this new era, this edition includes information on the following topics: ■ Occupational medicine and immunization ■ Decontamination and sterilization ■ Laboratory biosecurity and risk assessment ■ Biosafety level 3 (Ag) laboratories ■ Agent summary statements for some agricultural pathogens ■ Biological toxins At last count, over two hundred of our scientific and professional colleagues have assisted in the preparation of the 5th edition through participation in technical working groups, serving as reviewers and guest editors, and as subject matter experts. We wish to thank them all for their dedication and hard work for without them the 5th edition of the BMBL would not be possible. We also recognize the hard work and contributions made by all who participated in preparation of the previous editions of the BMBL; we have built on their solid work and commitment. It is impossible to publish this revision without recognizing the visionary leadership of the previous BMBL editors, Drs. John Richardson and W. Emmett Barkley, and Drs. Jonathan Richmond and Robert W. McKinney, without whom the BMBL would not be the widely and well-regarded resource it is today. The Executive Steering Committee did a stellar job in shepherding this massive revision effort iv Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories and not without many bumps and bruises along the way. It is through their absolute commitment to quality, technical accuracy, and dedication to the professional practice of biosafety that the 5th edition is born. We are truly grateful to Ms. Kerstin Traum, Council Rock Consulting for her expertise, keen eye for detail and seemingly tireless efforts in performing the duties of technical writer-editor. We also gratefully acknowledge Ms. Cheryl Warfield of Proven Practices, LLC for her copy-editing and formatting skills that significantly enhanced this edition’s readability and ease of use. Finally, without the superb project management abilities and leadership of Dr. Joseph McDade and the technical/scientific editing expertise of Dr. Karl Johnson, especially in virology, the 5th edition of the BMBL would not be possible. We hope you find this 5th edition of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories complete, timely and most of all, easy to use. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the long and comprehensive revision process. We believe you will find it was well worth the wait. Deborah E. Wilson, DrPH, CBSP L. Casey Chosewood, M.D. Director Director Division of Occupational Office of Health and Safety Health and Safety Centers for Disease Control National Institutes of Health and Prevention Bethesda, Maryland Atlanta, Georgia September 2009"

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories - Introduction


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