Standards for Veterinary Laboratory
A veterinary laboratory shall-
- Be located away from known fire hazards;
- Be separated from non-related activities;
- Have restricted access by personnel;
- Be vermin-proofed for pests including insects and rodents.
In addition to a veterinary laboratory shall have the following minimum standards-
- The floors and the walls of the building shall be constructed from materials that are easy to clean, impervious and resistant to corrosion by chemicals;
- Have access to an incinerator, pressure steam sterilizer or renderer for disposal of carcasses and waste;
- Provide a microbiological safety cabinet able to protect the operator, the product and the environment in laboratories dealing with microbial cultures;
- Sample collection and diagnostic equipment and facilities.
- Provide an autoclave or pressure steam sterilizer;
- Provide personnel with protective clothing and equipment for use only within the laboratory;
- Have a designated veterinary surgeon responsible for containment;
- Competent staff in the area of specialization;
- Provide warning notices for containment area indicating the type of hazard, the name and telephone number(s) of the person(s) responsible;
- Have laboratory alarm system, emergency lighting, fire fighting equipment and first aid kit.
- Post emergency protocols within the laboratory advising personnel on procedures to follow in case of emergencies.
- Display standard operating procedures for the laboratory.