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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.

How CDC labs keep you safe: CDC ensures America’s health security with more than 150 state-of-the-art laboratories that are a key line of defense against emerging health threats. CDC scientists and other staff use the latest technology to detect infectious organisms, food-borne outbreaks, and biosecurity threats; protect America’s blood supply; screen for genetic and other health risk factors; monitor the health of communities; identify environmental hazards; and much more.

CDC’s New Laboratory Science and Safety Office

CDC is establishing the position and Office of the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (OADLSS) reporting directly to the CDC Director. Dr. Steve Monroe has been named director of the office. The OADLSS will provide scientific, technical, and managerial expertise and leadership in the development and enhancement of laboratory safety programs; oversee and monitor the development, implementation, and evaluation of the laboratory safety and quality management programs across CDC.

OADLSS Functions

  1. Program Management: Manage, direct and evaluate laboratory science and safety initiatives.
  2. Policy Development & Implementation: Develop, review, and assure compliance with  agency-level policies for laboratory  science, safety, quality and training.
  3. Risk Management: Advise on CDC’s portfolio of laboratory risk  management procedures and strategies.
  4. Communications: Provide transparent flow of information across the laboratory community regarding laboratory science,  safety, and quality and sharing of best practices.
  5. Data & Information Management: Collect and synthesize data to inform laboratory safety and quality improvements.

Steve Monroe, PhD

Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety
Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety

Dr. Monroe is the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He oversees the Office of the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (OADLSS) which provides high-level oversight and coordination of critical laboratory policies and operations, particularly those associated with laboratory safety and quality management programs at all CDC campuses.

He was most recently the deputy director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. He previously served as director of the Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology at the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases, and before then he was director of the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases.

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