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The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

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PART IICONTAINMENT MEASURES FOR HEALTH AND VETERINARY CARE FACILITIES, LABORATORIES AND ANIMAL ROOMS

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1The workplace is to be separated from any other activities in the same building.NoYesYes
2Input air and extract air to the workplace are to be filtered using HEPA or equivalent.NoYes, on extract airYes, on input and double on extract air
3Access is to be restricted to authorised persons only.YesYesYes, via air-lock key procedure
4The workplace is to be sealable to permit disinfection.NoYesYes
5Specified disinfection procedure.YesYesYes
6The workplace is to be maintained at an air pressure negative to atmosphere.NoYesYes
7Efficient vector control eg rodents and insects.Yes, for animal containmentYes, for animal containmentYes
8Surfaces impervious to water and easy to clean.Yes, for benchYes, for bench and floor (and walls for animal containment)Yes, for bench, floor, walls and ceiling
9Surfaces resistant to acids, alkalis, solvents, disinfectants.Yes, for benchYes, for bench and floor (and walls for animal containment)Yes, for bench, floor, walls and ceiling
10Safe storage of biological agents.YesYesYes, secure storage
11An observation window, or alternative, is to be present, so that occupants can be seen.NoYesYes
12A laboratory is to contain its own equipment.NoYes, so far as is reasonably practicableYes
13Infected material, including any animal, is to be handled in a safety cabinet or isolator or other suitable containment.Yes, where aerosol producedYes, where aerosol producedYes
14Incinerator for disposal of animal carcases.AccessibleAccessibleYes, on site

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