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Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2018, 3(1), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed3010033

A Tool for Assessment of Animal Health Laboratory Safety and Biosecurity: The Safety Module of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Laboratory Mapping Tool

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome 00153, Italy
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CEVA Animal Health, Libourne 33500, France
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Center for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7FZ, UK
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Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Emergency Center of the Transboundary Animal Diseases, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Dakar 999066, Senegal
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Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Received: 11 February 2018 / Revised: 3 March 2018 / Accepted: 5 March 2018 / Published: 14 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tropical Laboratory Safety Including Biosafety)
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Abstract

The Laboratory Management Tool (LMT) is a standardized spreadsheet-based assessment tool developed to help support national, regional, and global efforts to maintain an effective network of animal health and veterinary public health laboratories. The safety and biosecurity module of the LMT (LMT-S) includes 98 measures covering administrative, operational, engineering, and personal protective equipment practices used to provide laboratory safety and biosecurity. Performance aspects of laboratory infrastructure and technical compliance considered fundamental for ensuring that a laboratory is able to appropriately function in a safe and biosecure manner are systematically queried and scored for compliance on a four-point scale providing for a semi-quantitative assessment. Data collected is used to generate graphs and tables mapping levels of compliance with international standards and good practices, as well as for documenting progress over time. The LMT-S was employed by trained auditors in 34 laboratories located in 19 countries between 2015 and 2017. The tool is intended to help standardize animal health laboratory assessments, document compliance with recognized laboratory safety and biosecurity measures, serve as a self-help and training tool, and assist global laboratory development efforts by providing an accurate measurement of laboratory safety and biosecurity at local, national, and regional levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: biosafety; biosecurity; animal health; laboratory assessment biosafety; biosecurity; animal health; laboratory assessment
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Mouillé, B.; Dauphin, G.; Wiersma, L.; Blacksell, S.D.; Claes, F.; Kalpravidh, W.; Kabore, Y.; Hietala, S. A Tool for Assessment of Animal Health Laboratory Safety and Biosecurity: The Safety Module of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Laboratory Mapping Tool. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2018, 3, 33.

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