Checklist Phase 1 - Facilities and Safety

Have the staff adequately been instructed on the symptoms of infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the HIV virus and other pathogens worked with in the laboratory?

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Is there a written procedure on how to act in case of a suspected laboratory associated infection/laboratory accident whereby a staff-member has potentially become infected?

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Is there an action plan to upgrade the facilities and safety to comply with the essential TB laboratory safety requirements of the WHO TB Laboratory Biosafety Manual?

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Has the Risk Group for each laboratory room been determined?

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Is there an action plan to upgrade the facilities and safety to get each laboratory room into compliance with the risk group defined for that room (based on the WHO TB Laboratory Biosafety Manual)?

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Does the laboratory have a procedure for processing and disposal of the different types of waste produced?

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Does the laboratory demonstrably adhere to procedures for processing and disposal of different types of waste produced?

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Are up-to-date guidelines present on safe disposal of waste?

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Does lab staff adhere to guidelines on safe disposal of waste?

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Is potentially infectious waste safely and securely stored before incineration?

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Is potentially infectious material properly incinerated?

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Are sharps securely and safely incinerated without the risk for needle accidents?

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Is the area around the fire pit/incinerator free from clutter?

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Is infectious glassware for re-use autoclaved correctly?

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Are separate, clearly distinguishable containers present for different types of chemical waste?

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Is chemical waste processed correctly?

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Are trashcans for (bio)hazardous waste clearly distinguishable to prevent confusion with the bins for normal waste?

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Is normal waste processed according to local/national regulations (if applicable)?

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Is an up-to-date Biosafety Manual present in the laboratory?

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Does the biological safety manual have a logical structure with table of contents, an introduction and a title page clearly stating the words “Biosafety Manual”?

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Does the Biosafety Manual contain general safety rules for working in the laboratory with human material?

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Does the Biosafety Manual contain preventive safety procedures?

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Does the Biosafety Manual contain procedures for emergency situations?

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Are the Biosafety Manual chapters signed by the author, reviewer and Laboratory Management?

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Is the Biosafety Manual easily accessible for all staff members at a logical location?

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Is the Biosafety Manual read and signed by all staff members?

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Is an SOP present describing how to clean the laboratory building?

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Does the SOP on cleaning of the laboratory building include a section with specific guidelines for cleaning laboratory rooms?

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Is a cleaning schedule present?

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Does the cleaning schedule show what should be cleaned by who and when?

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Is the laboratory cleaned on a regular basis?

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Are there spill kits present in adequate numbers and are these kits complete

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Is there an SOP that provides procedures for dealing with the different types of spills?

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Are first aid providers present in the laboratory?

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Are first aid kits present and placed at accessible locations?

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