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General Safety in Microbiology Laboratory


  • General Safety in Microbiology Laboratory
  • Objective

To lay down the procedure for General Safety in Microbiology Laboratory.

  • Scope

This SOP is applicable for General Safety in Microbiology Laboratory of (Pharmaceutical Company Name).

  • Responsibility
    • Microbiologist or above of Microbiology Laboratory: Preparation of SOP.
    • Head – Microbiology section / Nominee: Checking of the SOP.
  • Accountability
    • Head – Quality Control / Nominee: Compliance of SOP.
  • Abbreviations and Definitions

SOP                             : Standard operating procedure

No.                              : Number

QC                              : Quality Control

QA                              : Quality Assurance

LAF                           : Laminar Air Flow

  • Procedure
    • General safety procedures
      • Every individual must wear a clean laboratory garments or apron inside the laboratory.
      • Every individual must wear goggles while handling chemicals and face mask and gloves while handling microbial cultures.
      • Upon entering the lab, and after finishing work, clean the LAF bench space with the disinfectant.
      • Keep all sources of possible contamination out of your mouth–hands, pencils, laboratory ware, and other items.
      • Do not drink or eat in the laboratory.
      • Decontaminate and clean all contaminated equipment glassware such as pipettes, petriplate etc.
      • Report accidents, such as a spilled culture or a cut, to the laboratory supervisor.
  • Handling of Microbiological spillage:
    • Spillage of bacterial / fungal suspensions and contaminated media shall be immediately poured with disinfectant solution and allowed to be in contact for at least for 10 minutes.
    • Wear hand gloves and mask and clean up the spills with paper towels. Discard the   towels and media materials in to a SS bin.
    • Decontaminate (As per decontamination and disposal of used media SOP No.: QC-SP-332) the spills by placing the SS vessel in vertical autoclave.
    • Disinfect the hands after cleaning of spillage.
  • Handling of chemical spillage:
    • Immediately after Spillage all the persons to be informed in the laboratory, ensure that they do not walk on the spillage.
    • Person involving in cleaning must wear goggles, hand gloves and nose mask while cleaning.
    • In case of corrosive liquids, put sand on spillage area, remove sand and discard. Clean with wet cloth.
    • In case of powder or solid spillage they are to be discarded after dissolving in water.
    • In case of organic solvents dry cloth mopping is to be done, solvent to be wiped and collected in a container to discard.
    • For water spillage mop with dry cloth.
  • Sample destruction:
    • Do not discard any sample in powder form, all analytical left over samples to be dissolved in water and drained in sink.
    • Samples which are not dissolved in water are to be dissolved in 10% NaOH   solution.

Note: In case of any abnormal smell is detected vacate the lab and in form to   Supervisor or Department Head.

  • Forms and Records (Annexures)
    • Not applicable
  • Distribution
    • Master copy    –       Quality Assurance
    • Controlled copies     – Quality Assurance, Production, Quality Control, Stores, Engineering and Human Resource
  • History:
Date Revision Number
Reason for Revision
00   NEW SOP


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