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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.

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Progress on Lab Safety

Following laboratory safety incidents at CDC involving select agents, CDC conducted comprehensive internal reviews of each incident.

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Steps To Improve Lab Safety

CDC constantly develops and reviews extensive laboratory guidelines and procedures to protect both the public and laboratory workers.

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About Lab Safety

CDC ensures America's health security with more than 150 state-of-the-art laboratories that are a key link of defense against emerging health threats.

CDC Laboratories – A Key Line of Defense

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