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Tuberculosis in the microbacteriology laboratory.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1995 Aug; 10(8):645-651
NIOSHTIC No.
00228624
Abstract
A NIOSH site visit was conducted to evaluate the tuberculin skin testing (TST) program, assess laboratory practices, review the use of safety equipment, and determine the operational status of the ventilation system at a state public health laboratory. The visit was prompted by a request from the management of the facility. The facility had 13 laboratory employees, including three clerical staff employees, seven microbiologists, and three laboratory technicians. The preparation of Mycobacterium-tuberculosis (Mtb) specimens in the laboratory was described. Approximately 6,000 to 6,500 suspected Mtb infected specimens were processed annually by the laboratory, with less than 1% resulting in a positive identification of Mtb in the sample. Observations were made during sample processing for the assessment of work practices and procedures. A walk through survey of the facility and a visual evaluation of the ventilation system were performed. Air samples were collected. Recommendations were offered for issues such as safe work practices, containment equipment, personal protective equipment, and laboratory facilities.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Infectious-diseases; Disease-transmission; Laboratory-workers; Ventilation-equipment; Safety-practices; Risk-factors; Occupational-safety-programs; Workplace-monitoring
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
19950801
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Tharr-D
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1047-322X
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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