Biological agents may be used in certain experiments at MAX IV. There is a potential hazard to work with biological agents and safety regulations concerning biological hazards must be followed at all times. MAX IV only has the capacity and laboratory equipment to handle Level 1 bio organisms (BSL – 1). It is only allowed to work with bio organisms in the assigned bio laboratories.
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1. Applicable Regulations
- AFS 2005:1 Mikrobiologiska arbetsmiljörisker – smitta, toxinpåverkan, överkänslighet
- AFS 2005:6– Medicinska kontroller i arbetslivet
- AFS 2007:5 – Gravida och ammande arbetstagare
MAX IV is equipped for work with biological agents at a Biosafety level 1 (BSL-1). This includes well-characterized agents which do not cause disease in healthy humans and pose minimal potential hazard to laboratory personnel and the environment. Personal safety equipment must be used as appropriate. Lab coat, closed shoes, safety glasses and gloves must be worn when working in the laboratory. At times a visor may be necessary to protect from splashes. Potentially infectious material must be decontaminated before disposal, either by adding an appropriate disinfectant, or by packaging for decontamination elsewhere.
If an experiment requires the use of chemicals and/or gases, please refer to the Chemical Safety and Gas Safety information.
2.1 Rules in the biolabs
- A risk assessments must be performed by the user and then cleared by MAX IV safety group before starting any experiments.
- Only qualified and trained personal is allowed to work with bio organisms
- Any incidents or accidents must be reported immediately to the MAX IV Safety group
- If any spills containing hazardous material gets into the environment (eg. in the sink, floor drain etc) the MAX IV Safety group must immediately be contacted.
- Hazardous work may not be undertaken alone.
- Transportation of biological agents is only allowed with in closed containers that are labeled as biological safety containers
- Personal safety equipment must be used as appropriate. Lab coat, closed shoes, safety glasses and gloves must be worn when working in the laboratory. At times a visor may be necessary to protect from splashes.
- Gloves should be discarded in hazardous waste containers
- Hands have to be disinfected and cleaned when leaving the lab or in case of a contamination
- Pipetting aids must always be used; it is prohibited to use mouth pipetting
- All samples have to be labeled and stored in closed condition
- Special care must be taken when using sharps. Dispose of needles and other sharps in safety waste boxes.
- Keep the laboratory and your workplace tidy
- It is prohibited to drink, eat, smoke, and apply make-up and/or contact lenses in the laboratory
2.2 Areas at the Facility with Permanent Hazards
Access to the bio laboratories requires a separate training. Contact the chemical safety team.
3. Purchasing of Substances
The first time a biological agent is to be procured, a risk analysis must be performed and accepted by the MAX IV safety group.
Risk assessments must be performed and cleared by MAX IV safety group before starting any experiments. If chemicals and gases are to be used, please read the separate instructions. Store biological agents in closed and marked containers, describing who owns the sample and what it contains. Original containers are the preferred storage of choice.
4. Environmental issues
MAX IV has a high profile in environmental issues, especially concerning energy conservation. In order to keep the environmental impact of a lab at MAX IV scale as low as possible it is important that all staff and users help in maintaining a high environmental standard. Environmental issues range from energy conservation, which is built into the building, to choices made by all employees and users such as transportations to work related sites and waste handling. The procuring, use and removal of chemicals is also an important environmental concern.
- Handling of hazardous waste must follow Lund University Waste handling plan
- It is possible to recycle several fractions of non-hazardous waste in the kitchen areas (if the waste is in large fractions, eg used cardboard boxes, the reception staff have access to the recycling room)
- JoJo cards for public transports are available in the reception. These are to be used for work related transports within the municipal of Lund (eg. for going to seminars or visiting Maxlab. Do not transport chemicals or bio organisms on the public transports)
- Always employ REACH demands when choosing chemicals for your experiments. Replace with less hazardous chemicals when possible
- Spills must immediately be taken care of and not be allowed to reach the environment through floor drains, sinks or other means.