Links to Regulatory Agencies and Other Laboratory Safety Guidelines

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
An organization of the U.S. Department of Labor whose mission is to help employers and employees reduce injuries, illnesses and death on the job. Find information about Bloodborne Pathogens and Chemical Hygiene among other lab safety topics.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
A federal regulatory establishment whose mission is to protect human health and the environment. Find information about hazardous waste generation categories and responsibilities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. Their mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health. Find several laboratory safety guidelines from hand hygiene to airborne pathogen protection.

Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)
CLSI is a membership organization which fosters excellence in laboratory medicine by facilitating a process of developing clinical laboratory testing standards based on input from and consensus among industry, government, and health care professionals. Find several laboratory safety guideline documents.

College of American Pathologists (CAP)
An organization of board-certified pathologists which serve patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. Find laboratory safety regulations and references.

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition
An important reference from the CDC which addresses the safe handling and containment of infectious microorganisms and hazardous biological materials.

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
A federal agency whose mission is to Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. Find information about safe transport of lab specimens.

Center for Phlebotomy Education
The Center for Phlebotomy Education provides educational materials and resources to those who perform, teach, or supervise blood specimen collection procedures. It’s staff of technical authorities conduct seminars and inservices, develop training videos, continuing education exercises, downloads and a wide variety of online resources. It’s Phlebotomy Today family of enewsletters are read by tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide.

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