Biosafety Level 2

Is similar to Biosafety Level 1 and is suitable for work involving agents of moderate potential hazard to personnel and the environment. It differs for Level 1 in that

(1) laboratory personnel have specific training in handling pathogenic agents and are directed by competent scientists;

(2) access to the laboratory is limited when work is being conducted;

(3) extreme precautions are taken with contaminated sharp items; and

(4) certain procedures in which infectious aerosols or splashes may be created are conducted in biological safety cabinets or other physical containment equipment For more detailed information go to

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