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Other requirements for research laboratories only
  • Under the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, some additional requirements apply only to HIV and HBV research labs.
  • These requirements concern safety and decontamination equipment.

In addition to the requirements that apply to both research laboratories and production facilities, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) research laboratories shall meet the following criteria:

  • Each laboratory shall contain a facility for handwashing that is readily available within the work area.
    • The handwashing facility must be supplied with at least tepid water, soap, and hand towels.
  • The laboratory shall also provide an eyewash facility.
    • The eyewash must supply a sufficient quantity of water to completely flush the eyes. A 15-minute supply of continuous free-flowing water is acceptable.
    • The employee’s hands must be free to hold the eyelids open to aid in the complete flushing of the eyes.
  • Portable handwashing and eyewash facilities are acceptable only if they meet these requirements.
  • An autoclave for decontamination of regulated waste shall be available.