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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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.

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Mouillé, B., Dauphin, G., Wiersma, L., Blacksell, S. D., Claes, F., Kalpravidh, W., … Hietala, S. (2018). A tool for assessment of animal health laboratory safety and biosecurity: The safety module of the food and agriculture organization’s laboratory mapping tool. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed3010033

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