Biosafety Manual

21 Biosafety Manual • Equipment exposed to BSL-3 agents is decontaminated before any repair, service or disposal. • Protective clothing consists of solid-front gowns, scrub suits, or coveralls. • Respiratory and face protection is used when in rooms containing infected animals. • A hands-free sink with soap and paper towels is available for use near the exit door. • If present, all windows are closed and sealed. • All cultures, stocks, biological waste, gloves, gowns, and other contaminated articles are decontaminated in the laboratory. • Vacuum lines are protected with liquid disinfectant traps and HEPA filters. • All procedures for the facility designandoperationaredocumented. • Documentation exists providing evidence that the design and construction have met specific operational parameters before use. • The BSL-3 laboratory is assessed at least annually and following significant modification to document that the operational parameters are still within specifications. • Exhaust HEPA filters and equipment containing HEPA filters must be certified annually. Biosafety Level 4 (BSL–4) Use of materials requiring BSL-4 facilities and practices must be conducted within a certified BSL4 facility. Additional Resources U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regulations for Animals and Animal Products (9 CFR 001-199) • Import/transport permits are issued by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) branch • Quick reference and applications for import and interstate transport permits are available at the USDA Import-Export Directory for USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services USDA Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002: Possession, Use and Transfer of Biological Agents and Toxins (9 CFR 121) • Registration program for possession and transfer of pathogens