Guidelines for a safe Monkey Lab
Monkeys first carried Aids. AIDS are caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which originated in non-human primates in Sub-Saharan Africa and was transferred to humans during the late 19th or early 20th century. Most species of macaque monkeys (rhesus, cynomolgus) can carry a virus known as B virus, Herpesvirus simiae or Cercopithecine Herpes Virus I. It is very similar to human herpes virus which causes cold sores in humans. In the monkey, the virus causes simple cold sores. It is important when handling monkeys with any transmittable virus or disease not to put the human population in danger. Here is the correct way to handle money samples.
1. The laboratory supervisor must enforce these Guidelines.
2. Eating, drinking, smoking, handling contact lenses, applying cosmetics, and storing food for human consumption must NOT be permitted in laboratory areas.
3 Mechanical pipetting devices must be used
4 Policies for the safe handling of sharps, such as needles, scalpels, pipettes, and broken glassware must be enforced. Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories precautions, including those listed below, must be taken with any sharp items. These include:
a. Broken glassware must not be handled directly. Instead, it must be removed using a brush and dustpan, tongs, or forceps. Plastic ware should be substituted for glassware whenever possible.
b. Use of needles and syringes or other sharp instruments should be restricted in the laboratory, except when there is no practical alternative.
c. Used needles must not be bent, sheared, broken, recapped, removed from disposable syringes, or otherwise manipulated by hand before disposal or decontamination.
5. Perform all procedures to minimize the creation of splashes. 6. Decontaminate work surfaces with appropriate disinfectant after completion of work and after any spill or splash of potentially infectious material. 7. Decontaminate all wastes before removal from the laboratory by an effective and validated method. 8. A sign incorporating the universal biohazard symbol must be posted at the entrance to the laboratory when infectious agents are present. B.
1. All persons entering the laboratory must be advised of the potential hazards and meet specific entry requirements. Entry into the facility must be limited by means of secure, locked doors. A logbook, or other means of documenting the date and time of all persons entering and leaving the laboratory must be maintained. While the laboratory is operational, personnel must enter and exit the laboratory through the clothing change and shower rooms except during emergencies. All personal clothing must be removed in the outer clothing change room. All persons entering the laboratory must use laboratory clothing, including undergarments, pants, shirts, jumpsuits, shoes, and gloves. All persons leaving the laboratory must take a personal body shower. Used laboratory clothing must not be removed from the inner change room through the personal shower. These items must be treated as contaminated materials and decontaminated before laundering.
2. Laboratory personnel and support staff have medical surveillance and available immunizations for agents handled or potentially present in the laboratory.
- A system must be established for reporting and documenting laboratory accidents, exposures, employee