Laboratory Safety at CDC
CDC is committed 24/7 to saving lives and protecting people. CDC’s guiding principles for laboratory work are to ensure the safety of all staff and the community and be as transparent as possible about our work as we conduct high-quality scientific research to protect people in this country and around the world. CDC has created this laboratory safety site as the portal to keep the public informed of our laboratory safety efforts.
Following laboratory safety incidents at CDC involving select agents, CDC conducted comprehensive internal reviews of each incident.
CDC constantly develops and reviews extensive laboratory guidelines and procedures to protect both the public and laboratory workers.
The ELSW—comprised of external experts in the fields of biosafety, laboratory science, and research—reviewed CDC documentation (e.g., incident reporting, safety policies), visited CDC laboratories, conducted a laboratory safety culture survey, and met with internal staff and leadership.
CDC’s response to the 2014 lab safety issues
- Halted all CDC lab work until a thorough safety review was conducted
- Appointed a Director of Lab Science and Safety to enact changes
- Conducted full investigations of safety-related incidents at the agency
- Actively engaged an external group of lab experts to review our work
- Completed extensive inventory of samples/materials in our labs
- Expanded biosafety training at CDC
- Page last reviewed: July 21, 2015
- Page last updated: July 24, 2015
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