In an fbi forensics lab there are certain health and safety practices and procedures to be followed;
- documented health and safety programme including that for waste such as chemical and biological.
- documented health and safety training to all employees, at a minimum of bloodborne pathogen and chemical hygiene.
- designated health and safety manager
- health and safety programme to be monitered regularly and annualy checked for effectiveness.
- specific procedures for an accident or exposure to hazardous materials
- emerency fire protection plan
- designated areas for consuming and storing food and beverages
- accessable personal health and safety equipment
- first aid kits available and strategically located
- safety shower and emergency eyewash kit, fully working and strategically placed.
- emergency exits to be left unobstructed and safety routes on posters in lab
- general cleanliness and good housekeeping
- if the laboratory uses instruments or procedures using radiation (ionising), procedures for monitoring, labelling and disposal must be used.
- documented training programmes in place for any personnel that work with blood or other infectious material, including handling, disposal and use.
- universal precautions must be observed when handling infectious materials such as blood.
- biohazard warnings must be in place
- any personnel that experience an occupational exposure to infectious materials such as blood must have the hepatitis b vaccine series made available to them.
- documented training programme for chemical hazards and hygiene communication
- laboratory access to up to date material data sheets for chemicals used.
- current chemical inventories
- equipment and material ready for use in incidents of hazardous chemical spills that may be carcinogenic and/or toxic.
- employees must have instructions on what to do in the case of a chemical spill
- allotted space provided for hazardous chemicals
- all incompatible chemicals separated accordingly
- secondary containers used with labels to identify not only the contents, but also any hazards associated
- a safe working environment must be maintained by having sufficient exhaust hoods
- chemical and biological waste procedures must be in place