Inspections for Containment Level 3 Labs – Do You Have a Procedure in Place?
Containment procedures for CL3 labs has been a hot topic for a while and whilst the pandemic continues on a global scale, more pressure is being put on laboratory teams to ensure that their facilities are leak free and for Lab Managers to provide evidence of containment more frequently and not simply due to an upcoming annual inspection.
Benefits of Regular Inspections & Containment procedures
It is important for all CL3 labs to be implementing measures that mean containment is checked on a regular basis and that any potentially hazardous leaks are identified and resolved quickly. If a facility is in need of fumigation, it is essential that this can be carried out effectively in the event of an emergency and without anyone needing to enter the room.
HSE are increasingly asking laboratory staff to provide reports on the standard to which their lab meets the stringent containment requirements, so by having a procedure in place in between your annual inspections, will allow you to have this information on hand whenever it is needed in order to demonstrate that you are working to the highest standards.
You can prevent the need to invest large amounts (of time and budget) into enforced action, by investing in training and pre-emptive checks now. This will also ensure that you are covered in the event of compliance investigation and also for insurance purposes.
Carrying out an efficacy study will confirm whether your laboratory can be effectively fumigated without the need to wait for results back from the incubation of Bis. If you do not currently have proof of the fumigation efficacy of your lab, perhaps now is the time to review this.
How can Crowthorne Group Help
We can provide an efficacy study which will identify areas which may require additional training to ensure all HSE requirements and requests are met. It will also help you to establish a satisfactory SOP.
By providing pencil smoke kit and certified training, and using these tools frequently throughout the year, will in its use provide the evidence you need to let HSE know that your facility is compliant and working to the highest levels of containment and integrity.
Identifying leak paths is a big responsibility and if your lab requires assistance in putting a procedure in place, alongside experts who can provide certified training, get in touch with our team for more information, to discuss requirements and so we can provide a quote.