Biolab Accidents

Accidental Exposure In Bio-safety Laboratories

On April 12, 2004, 146 scientists, physicians, public health specialists, and academics sent an open letter to Boston’s mayor and city councilors, voicing opposition to the proposed National Bio-containment Laboratory. The scientists also addressed Boston University and requested that it withdraw its plans to construct the Level 4 facility.

Four main dangers have been identified by those who have expressed concern about the proliferation of laboratories engaged in bio-defense research. The concerns relate to the human capacity for error and the lack of government regulation and oversight. Not only is there no single code of practice, standards, or guidelines for laboratories in the United States that conduct research on exotic infectious agents, but there is no national reporting system for laboratory associated exposure, infection or accident. Experts agree that there is significant under-reporting of laboratory-acquired disease.



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