Laboratories and research facilities that work with biological materials can present a number of hazards to staff and instructors. In this demonstrative course, you will be introduced to the basics of laboratory biosafety and Laboratory Biosafety Levels (BSLs) that laboratories must put into place to prevent worker exposure to or unintentional release of biohazardous materials. As someone who may come in contact with biological hazards as part of your work duties, you will be made aware of common laboratory hazards, as well as protective equipment, and first aid practices.
In this course, you will:
- Recognize the basics of biosafety and the equipment used in biosafety,
- Identify the hazards of bloodborne pathogens, sharps, and working with animals,
- Recall the importance of housekeeping and decontamination, and
- Review the procedures for working after hours and common first aid.