(Sections 10.1 and 17.1)
PHYSICAL CONTAINMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR LOW INDIVIDUAL OR COMMUNITY RISK AGENTS
1. In this Schedule, “low individual or community risk agents” includes microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites that are unlikely to cause disease in healthy persons or animals.
2. The physical requirements for a basic laboratory for handling low individual or community risk agents are those of a well-designed and functional laboratory and, in particular, include the following:
(a) the room in which the laboratory is located must be separated from any public area by a door;
(b) if the room opens onto a public area or a heavily travelled corridor, the door to the room in which the laboratory is located must remain closed except when being used to enter or leave the laboratory;
(c) the finished surface of the walls, ceiling, furniture and floors of the laboratory must be washable;
(d) all working areas and containment equipment must be located away from windows that may be opened and that must be equipped with fly screens;
(e) handwashing facilities must be provided, preferably at a location near the exit to the corridor or to any public area; and
(f) laboratory coats must be hung in a separate area from the place where street clothing is hung.
- SOR/2001-254, s. 10;
- SOR/2004-317, s. 2(F).
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