CDC sets guidelines for lab competencies

By: April 18th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories issued Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency on April 15.

The guidelines identify the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities required for working with biologic agents at the three highest biosafety levels, 2, 3, and 4. The guidelines also address tiered competencies based on three levels of worker experience: entry level, midlevel (experienced), and senior level (supervisory or managerial positions), according to the document’s summary.

The guidelines are intended for lab staff working “with hazardous biologic agents, obtained from either samples or specimens that are maintained and manipulated in clinical, environmental, public health, academic, and research laboratories,” according the guidelines.

The guidelines identify competencies based on four skill domains: potential hazards, hazard controls, administrative controls, and emergency response and preparedness, and categorized by levels of experience. See Appendix B.


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