Biosafety & Biosecurity Services for International Clients
Around the world, public health and clinical diagnostic labs are critical for disease detection and control. Local research laboratories are essential for the development of new vaccines and diagnostic technologies to protect public health.
As countries try to improve public health the number of containment labs globally has increased by at least five-fold since 2004.
Perhaps you manage one of these local labs. If so, you may be familiar with some of these problematic statistics:
- 30 of 56 African countries have no biosafety regulatory framework or guidelines. Simply working in or near a laboratory in these countries is an immediate hazard to your health. On those rare occasions when safety procedures are implemented, they’re implemented in a disjointed, inconsistent manner often lacking state of the art technologies.
- 92% of Asian labs do not have biological safety cabinets or a biological waste management program. In China, this resulted in the re-use of hypodermic needles that spread chronic and fatal infectious disease to hundreds of thousands of young children. As a result, by 1991, 60% of the Chinese population was infected with Hepatitis B – a chronic disease leading to China’s #1 cause of death: liver cancer!
- SARS has escaped 6 separate times from labs in Singapore, Taiwan and Beijing, China. FOUR distinct biorisk events originated from the same laboratory! These events prompted immediate World Health Organization involvement and strained relations between multiple Super Power nations. The cause? Poor work practices and improper waste management.
- While a strain of H1N1 (influenza A) was being used to create a vaccine for swine flu in one country, it suddenly appeared in two neighboring countries. Laboratory scientists became infected and political tensions arose between nations. Poor work practices, a lack of biosafety and biosecurity protocols and ineffective training caused this to happen. Are you following best practices for handling of infectious materials?
Improper laboratory design, insufficient safety equipment and an absence of training significantly increase the risk of this type of work. The mix poses its own unique threat to local and world public health as well as national security.