Saturday, 5 December 2015

Biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4


Biological safety levels are ranked from one to four and are selected based on the agents or organisms on which the research or work is being conducted. Each level up builds on the previous level, adding constraints and barriers.

In an overview of the safety levels, Vince McLeod has written an interesting article for Laboratory Manager magazine.

Here he writes: “The four biosafety levels were developed to protect against a world of select agents. These agents include bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions, rickettsial agents and viruses, the latter being probably the largest and most important group. In many instances the work or research involves vertebrate animals, everything from mice to cattle. When vertebrates are involved, additional precautions and safety requirements are necessary. Using the most infectious agents also means extensive security measures are in place, not only because of their virulence but also because of their potential for use in bioterrorism.”

The article can be accessed here.

Posted by Tim Sandle